Fancy some chicken rice-flavoured gelato?
Homegrown ice cream parlour, Butterknife Folk, has created an extensive line-up of treats inspired by local flavours to commemorate Singapore’s 55th birthday. It has a total of 43 different creations – each a riff on quintessential street foods and snacks – available throughout the month of August. You’ll find 16 mind-boggling creations at any one point of time, most of which put a sweet spin on conventionally savoury plates.
Those feeling patriotic – and adventurous – can sample its version of frozen chicken rice made with chicken stock, garlic, ginger, chicken rice chilli, and rice grains; or the chilli crab ice cream that comes stirred with fried mantou and crab meat chunks. There's also its version of laska complete with spice paste, coconut milk, laksa leaves, and fried beancurd.
Luckily, a good proportion of its locally inspired menu is based on traditional Singaporean sweets. Drinks found at your neighbourhood hawker stall – horlicks, bandung, barley, sugarcane lemon, teh tarik, milo, sirap limau, and more – are churned into creamy treats and packed into tubs at Butterknife Folk. Other tea-time snacks, including ondeh ondeh, kueh dadar, goreng pisang, and kaya toast, have also been deconstructed into gelato.
Of course, classic offerings of cookie dough and matcha are still a part of the menu. A single scoop starts from $5, and a mini cone trio, which provides a sampling of three different flavours, goes for $5. Looking to bring a cool treat home? Butterknife Folk also has a limited edition six-cup The Singapore Special gift set ($30) that features flavours of chicken rice, rojak, kueh dadar, kopi gao, chendol, and pineapple tart.