The weather in Singapore is so hot, that it is always a good idea to find some ice cream & waffles cafe to chill at. Enter Ri Ri Cha 日日茶 (not to be confused with Ri Ri Hong 日日红) at Sago Street which is focused on tea-flavored ice cream. If you find some of their offerings such as Nian Gao Waffles familiar, that is because it is opened by the same folks behind The Better Scoop located at Serangoon and Sembawang.
18 ice cream flavors (Single $5.50, Double $10) are available, with old favorites such as Pi Pa Gao, Honey Chamomile Butterfly Pea, Tie Guan Yin, Osmanthus Oolong, and Chrysanthemum Goji Berries. Outlet-exclusive flavors are more tea-focused, such as Corn Silk Tea, White Peach Oolong, Matcha Butterfly Pea Soy, Jasmine Green Milk Tea, Longan Red Dates, Tangerine Peel Pu’erh, Da Hong Pao Pineapple, and Roselle Smoked Plum.
Classic Waffle is priced at $6 whereas their signature Nian Gao Waffle and seasonal Ong Lai Pineapple Waffle at $6.80. The Nian Gao Waffles ($6.80) were as delightful as I remembered them to be, with a layer of chewy “Nian Gao” (a traditional Chinese New Year cake) made from glutinous rice flour embedded within the waffle.
Adding a chewy texture in contrast to the crispy nature of a waffle, it is similar to how we usually pan-fried our Nian Gao with eggs, except in the form of a waffle that is more airy.
Ri Ri Cha 日日茶
Address: 24 Sago Street, Singapore 059020
Opening Hours: 12 pm – 10 pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon