Why not the best kueh lapis in the region? We bid adieu to the boring old bottle of wine with these 7 luxurious alternatives.
Steph Lui Siying
01: Cheesecake galore
LeTAO's signature double fromage cheesecake is air-flown from Hokkaido. The light and creamy upper layer melts in the mouth, while the lower layer is denser and rich without being too cloying. Made with Italian mascarpone cheese, the cheesecake is also currently available in chocolate and berry flavours. If you can't decide on one, purchase the Double Set, which comes in a box at an additional charge.
Available at LeTAO Singapore.
The eye-catching durian salat will delight fans of the King of Fruits. This decadent dessert boasts a golden custard made of Mao Shan Wang or Wang Zhong Wang durians. A delicious twist on the traditional kueh salat, the durian salat is sure to be a hit with boisterous guests.
Available at The Chalk Farm.
Light, creamy, with an unexpected hint of basil or chrysanthemum, this botany-inspired gelato will be a pleasant surprise at a casual party. The shop has already amassed rave reviews and weekend crowds within its first six months of operation. Gift your fun-loving host with a few pints of different flavours and liven up the mood.
Available at Birds of Paradise Gelato Boutique.
04: For the sweet tooth
This colourful concoction is worth every calorie. Who can say no to a picturesque slice of mixed berries atop a light cream base? Certainly not your host, who will be sighing in satisfaction. Perfect for a relaxed group.
Available at Tarte by Cheryl Koh.
05: Lapis done with flair
Enjoyed by five generations of Indonesian Presidents, the 18-layered, fragrant and delectable Grand Lapis comes in an exquisite velvet gift box. Grandly presented with the specially concocted Gem of West Java tea, this collaboration is perfect for cultured hosts and a sophisticated setting.
Available at Royal Istana Singapore.
Photo: Royal Istana Singapore
06: For the cheese connoisseur
Seasonal picks of the world’s finest cheeses, these boards cater to different group sizes. The artisanal board serves 15 and you can engage a fromager for the perfect (and swift) set-up, saving your host the extra work. Great for intimate gatherings.
Available at The Cheese Artisans.
07: Golden elixir
At first glance, you may mistake this for any other bottle of alcohol. But pop the cork and you will discover the rich and aromatic Gold Label Balsamic’s irresistible lure. Aged more than 25 years and an excellent pairing with both sweet and savoury foods, this flavourful North Italian vinegar will be a top shelf hit with your discerning host.
Available at Secrets Fine Food.