A cold scoop of ice cream with some waffles is a yummy way to beat the heat in Singapore. However, a creative twist to the usual waffles has been making the rounds on the internet for hiding a surprise within its buttery layer – soft and chewy mochi! The fun flavours and textural contrast make it easy to see why the treat has quickly gained traction. If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, here are 10 places where you can try mochi waffles!
You may already know Hvala, a modern-day matcha teahouse specialising in a wide array of matcha desserts and drinks. However, their newest outlet along Craig Road has an exclusive treat. Hvala’s rendition of mochi waffles comes with a crispy exterior and a soft chewy mochi on the inside. The dairy-free mochi waffle is served alongside a scoop of oatmilk or matcha gelato, drizzled with golden syrup and then topped with a sprinkle of fragrant genmai (toasted rice)!
Address: 40 Craig Rd, Singapore 089678
Opening Hours: 12–9:30 pm daily
For a little something extra in your waffles, check out gelatolabo. The artisanal ice-cream cafe specialises in Tokyo mochi waffles that are made in-house with Japanese flour. The treat is crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle, making a perfect pair with their creamy gelato. You can also expect the finest quality of ice cream here, which is hand-churned daily in small batches.
Address: Multiple outlets
This hidden gelato cafe has a door designed as a vending machine as its entrance. Available from Friday to Sunday, the cafe has brownie-inspired waffles that come with mochi bits within its waffle batter. It’s rich and chocolatey with an addictively chewy middle. If you’re here on other days, you can try their Pandan Mochi Waffles instead!
Address: 41 Holland Dr, #01-07, Singapore 270041
Opening Hours: 12–5:30 pm, 6:30–10 pm Sun to Thurs, 12–5:30 pm, 6:30–11:30 pm Fri, 12–5:30 pm, 6:30–11 pm Sat
The Better Scoop puts a creative spin on waffles and ice cream with their Nian Gao Waffles. Made with glutinous rice flour embedded within the waffle, it is an ooey-gooey treat that makes for a fun textural pairing with their gelato. Try it with their inventive ice cream flavours such as Black Sesame Soy Milk, Luo Han Guo (monk fruit) and Hoegarden Rose, which you’d be hard-pressed to find at other ice cream cafes!
Address: Multiple outlets
The Coffee Code, a famous cafe from Malaysia, has opened in Singapore. A must-try is their Bak Kwa Waffles, which comprises a flower-shaped waffle topped with chicken bak kwa, chicken floss, cornflakes, and whipped cream. While it might seem like a weird combination, the sweet and savoury notes come together to create a delicious dish. For a chewier texture, there is also the option of embedding rice cake or ‘nian gao’ within, and there are also sweet waffle options like the Banana Crush and Berries Love You.
Address: 37 Neil Rd, Singapore 088822
Opening Hours: 11 am–10 pm Mon to Thurs, 11 am–11 pm Fri & Sat, 10 am–10 pm Sun
Australian cafe-grocer Surrey Hills serves an interesting rendition of mochi waffles with the Mochi Egglet Waffle which is exclusive to their Raffles City outlet and takes inspiration from the Hong Kong-style egglet waffles. The dense and chewy treat is served warm, with a jar of chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and berries.
Address: 252 North Bridge Rd, #03-42, Singapore 179103
Opening Hours: 10 am–10 pm daily
Founded by the same folks behind The Better Scoop, Ri Ri Cha is their newest artisanal concept that serves all things tea-based. The signature Nian Gao Waffles are a crowd-winner with chewy and sticky rice cake embedded within the hefty waffles. The rice cakes are prepared with brown sugar, which lends a subtle sweetness to the dessert. Pair your waffles with their tea-infused ice cream flavours such as Osmanthus Oolong and Matcha Butterfly Pea Soy!
Address: 24 Sago St, Singapore 059020
Opening Hours: 12–10 pm Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Run by a husband and wife duo, this Japanese-inspired cafe is a new addition to Kampong Bahru Road. The menu is filled with a series of Japanese-inspired pasta, rice bowls, desserts, and a range of coffee and tea. The crispy on the outside, soft on the inside Mochi Waffles come in two flavours: Matcha and Dirty Charcoal, which comes studded with rice cakes for a chewy texture.
Address: 5 Kampong Bahru Rd, Singapore 169341
Opening Hours: 9 am–9 pm Mon & Tues, Thurs & Fri, 11 am–11 pm Sat & Sun
Cafe Usagi Tokyo is a matcha-specialty cafe serving the likes of Japanese matcha latte to mochi ice cream, dorayaki cakes and mochi waffles. The waffles are made from scratch upon every order and they are fluffy and soft with a crisp exterior, contrasted nicely by the mochi added inside. Have them with a drizzle of Kuromitsu – a thin black sugar syrup with a mildly rich taste and caramel-like flavour to add that decadent sweetness.
Address: Multiple outlets
Wonders is a mahjong-themed cafe in Ang Mo Kio that sells premium ice cream, waffles and more. Try the Pandan Mochi Waffles which boasts a mouthwatering pandan fragrance with a soft chewy middle. Complete them with a scoop or two of ice cream, which comes in flavours like Chrysanthemum, Honey, and Cacao Nibs, Roasted Pistachio, and Strawberry Cheesecake!
Address: 128 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, #01-1867, Singapore 560128
Opening Hours: 12–11 pm Sun to Thurs, 12 pm–12 am Fri & Sat