The ondeh ondeh has undergone somewhat of a modern revival in recent years. Traditionally of Javanese origin, these green little rice cake balls are filled with gula melaka (molten palm sugar) and coated in shredded coconut. When you bite into them, a mini explosion of sweetness takes place in your mouth. Yes, they can be messy, but for fans of ondeh ondeh, they’re very much worth the calories. Modern renditions of the sweet treat have come in the form of cakes, ice cream, milkshakes, waffles and many more, but today we’re shining the spotlight on ondeh ondeh tarts! Here are 15 cafes and home bakeries in Singapore that have taken the traditional ondeh ondeh and gave it a twist. It’s impossible to just stop at one with these ondeh ondeh tarts!
A quiet spot to have dessert and coffee in Chinatown, Whiskit Bakery & Cafe is run by a Le Cordon Bleu-trained baker. Described as a French-inspired tart with local flavours, the kaya ondeh tart filled with kaya paste and topped with the crowd favourite ondeh ondeh is a winner here. We can only imagine the amount of effort that goes into creating this!
Ade’s Homebake’s style is uniquely local with an “otona no amasa” (sweetness for adults) flavour. The creations are meant to tantalise your taste buds without being overwhelmingly sweet or cheaply flavoured. The ondeh ondeh tart balls are melt-in-your-mouth, coated with desiccated coconut with gula melaka in the middle for the extra crunch!
These delicious homemade ondeh-ondeh tarts by Muslim-owned Blooms by RS will truly melt in your mouth. Using only the best quality ingredients such as unbleached flour, pure butter, gula melaka caramel, Himalayan sea salt and coconut flakes, this delectable kueh is a must have for every occasion! They are currently available on a preorder basis only. Stay updated on upcoming preorder dates on their Instagram page!
These ondeh ondeh tarts were developed to have just the right amount of sweetness without being too jelak, and are bite-sized to be easily popped in your mouth! The gula melaka coconut filling is slow-cooked over flame to allow the sugars to caramelise and intensify, for that perfect hit with every bite. They’re so popular that they’re already full for both November and December, but you can place your orders for January!
PBakes Singapore is a local home bakery that aims to curate the unique Singapore taste. All the bakes are artisanally made, baked and served. Their eggless ondeh ondeh tarts are one of their most popular items and a definite must-try. We can all agree that they look truly delicious, and they also have a ton of glowing reviews to boot!
A French-Peranakan inspired artisanal tart cafe in Katong, Ambling Turtle’s Ondeh Tart is made to look like a turtle sunbathing on a beach! This adorable tart sees a handmade turtle gummy and toasted coconut flakes sitting atop pandan custard and gula jawa. The silky pandan custard has a strong milky fragrance, while the gula melaka is thick with a toasty, toffee-like aroma. A simply delightful midday treat if you’re spending the day in the neighbourhood!
Tartzan is a small-scale, part-time online bakery offering a small collection of tarts great for gifts, any occasions or just cravings. The ondeh ondeh tart here features all the flavours we love – pandan, gula melaka and coconut, with an added touch of avocado! Fresh grated coconut is cooked with gula melaka, and avocado mousse, pandan coconut whipped ganache sits atop a pandan glutinous rice sponge.
Founded in 2020, Ah Bear Bakery is a home based bakery selling unassuming but satisfying crispy munchies. A twist to the traditional ondeh ondeh, these ondeh ondeh tarts come with a melt-in-your-mouth pandan pastry filled generously with a secret gula melaka recipe coated with coconut flakes! Instead of the usual chewy sugary skin, the tart version delivers a crunch while still staying true to the palm sugar and coconut goodness.
Specialising in a variety of tarts, Muslim-owned Hipster Bakes also has ondeh ondeh tarts on their menu, featuring a pandan based crust in a lovely shade of green, a super aromatic gula melaka filling finished with a light sprinkle of dessicated coconut. With 1.6k sold on their Shopee page, they definitely have the crowd’s approval!
By now we can all agree that ondeh ondeh tarts are not just great for special occasions, they’re also great to have around to snack on everyday. These halal ondeh ondeh tarts by Fat JJ Bakery have a pandan-infused pastry shell with a gula melaka and coconut centre. They may look small, but once you start popping them, you won’t be able to stop!
Run by a homebaker and mother of seven (!), Mel's Kitchen serves up delightful snacks and treats. Completely handmade with a secret inhouse recipe, the ondeh ondeh tarts are infused with fragrant pandan, topped with gula melaka & dessicated coconut on a buttery crust that will melt in your mouth. These little morsels of delight are sure to be a hit with all ages!
Based in Singapore, Kitchen Culture started out from the kitchen of a home way back in 2007. Following the support and encouragement from friends and relatives, the mother-daughters team decided to offer their bakes to a wider market. Their wide offerings also includes ondeh ondeh tarts – crunchy, buttery dough is filled with a layer of butterscotch and topped with fine grated gula melaka and desiccated coconut to recreate the classic ondeh-ondeh taste!
Baking in her free time and giving them out to family and friends, the good reviews she received motivated Homebakedbyaf to start posting her bakes online to see if there was any interest. There was, and today her best selling products include the ondeh ondeh tart, featuring moist gula melaka coconut filling with buttery pandan pastry. Drop her a DM on Instagram or Facebook to check for the next time she’s taking in orders!
A take on the favourite Malay dessert, these tarts by do you crave fud? have a pandan and coconut pastry base, and are filled with a gooey gula melaka centre. Made with a secret recipe mix, the kuih is transformed into a modern sweet treat that melts in the mouth with every bite.
Even when there are no festivities, we would still be delighted to be stocked with this yummy treat! Fragrant buttery pandan base is topped with shredded coconut and crunchy gula melaka bits, creating a treat that is simply irresistible.