One of Singapore’s most classic cold desserts, ice kacang, or as some may spell it, ice kachang, is a staple at most dessert stalls and can be found at any food court or hawker centre. Real dessert connoisseurs know that a good ice kacang not only has finely shaved ice that dissolves in your mouth, more than one measly atap chee, and some kind of killer topping to go on top of it. Without further ado, let me present to you six best ice kacangs that you simply have to try.
Annie’s Peanut Ice Kacang
Now located in the heart of Jurong West, Annie’s Peanut Ice Kacang features, you got it, crushed peanuts as a topping on top of that mountain of shaved ice; a perfect addition of texture and fragrance to a dish that is usually not known for being nutty. You’ve got to try it once and marvel at how a simple ingredient changes the whole idea of having ice kacang.
Lit Lit Xin Cold and Hot Dessert
Yishunites will undoubtedly be familiar with this place; they’ve been here for 20 years. Regardless of how everything has changed around them, they’ve been standing tall and firm here at Block 928 Yishun Central, and there’s a perpetual queue for desserts from the afternoon till night. They not only have the classic ice kacang, but also a variety of fruity toppings for you to choose from.
Mei Heong Yuan Dessert
Head down to Chinatown for a taste of the future of ice kacang. Singaporeans have been tormented by rough, gritty ice shavings in our ice kacang for too long; bring on the snow ice! Instead of traditional ice shaving machines, Mei Heong Yuan uses a more high tech snow ice machine that produces shaved ice thinner than pencil shavings, giving you a smooth, velvety texture of ice.
Qing Tian Hot and Cold Desserts
There’s no way you’ll miss this stall at Redhill Food Centre; you’ll hear dance and techno blasting from a mile away. The uncle starts preparing and cooking all his ingredients from the early morning by hand, and will even entertain you with his dance moves while serving up that cool, refreshing ice kacang for you. If our Prime Minister himself has given the thumbs up, nothing can go wrong.
Teck Kee Hot and Cold Dessert
With extra fine shaved ice that sucks up all that evaporated milk and a bed of soft, sweet, melt-in-your-mouth red bean, this stall at Adam Road Food Centre is quite popular with the locals and students at Bukit Timah. The slightly salty-sweet corn also serves to elevate the sweetness of the dessert, which is something that you don’t easily find anywhere else.
Jin Jin Hot/Cold Dessert
This dessert joint at Jalan Bukit Merah most definitely challenges your traditional view of ice kacang; there are several variations of ice kacang for you to choose from like their Penang Ice Kacang with a tangy gula Melaka sauce. Try the original, unadulterated ice kacang before you get more adventurous, and appreciate the thought that goes on behind their shop’s youthful exterior.