Scrumptious Singapore: A Different Kind of Sandwich

Eating Out

It snowed like CRAZY here in NYC last night, so I’m hoping I can tempt the warm weather gods back with this post!  Can anyone tell me what the above is?  Well, it’s an ice cream sandwich of course – DUH.

So yeah, the ice cream sandwich in Singapore is a little different from what you may be used to.

For one thing, it’s an actual sandwich – with strangely pink-hued bread and everything.  I caught a glimpse of the boxes and boxes of pink and green bread, just waiting to be transformed into ice-cold dessert:

Don’t let that scare you – despite the Dayglo tint, the bread tastes like typical white bread.

Ice cream is one of the few foods that can still be sold from carts on the streets of Singapore.  The rest of the foodservice industry is highly regulated.  Almost all of the ice cream carts are manned by older gentleman, and the wait for a sandwich can be long! It sure is worth it though.

Hey lady, you’ve already got a popsicle – why are you in line again?

The flavor selection varies from cart to cart, but you’ve got your typical ones – you know, sweet corn, durian, mango.  Your typical Breyers fare:

I ordered a “mix flavor” ice cream sandwich “no durian please!”, so 6 tiny scoops of ice cream were smushed into a slice of the mysteriously colored bread:

An ice cream sandwich made with actual bread may sound totally weird, but trust me – it is awesome!  I’d like to make this at home, but I wonder if there’s something special about that bread that yields different results.  I guess I’ll just leave it to the pros for my sweet corn ice cream fix.  Mmmm.

More Scrumptious Singapore:
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Scrumptious Singapore: Chili Crab and Friends
Scrumptious Singapore: Mooncake Madness

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  • Kim
    January 27, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Ice cream sandwiches on real bread? Craziness! I want to try one . . . are there specialty shops in New York where you can get the bread?

  • Kelsey@mintedlife
    January 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Oh my gosh! That looks so delicious! I want to try one!

  • penga
    January 27, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    huuh, that looks pretty tasty. i like the magical looking bread!

  • Chic 'n Cheap Living
    January 27, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    My brother had one with chocolate but the scoop was still Durian flavored – bleh!

  • lavenderpug
    January 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    sounds delicious! i can see how the bread would be good because it won't break like a cookie would. so convenient!

  • Kristin - Mrs. Glasses
    January 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    That looks delish! Usually Tokyo is pretty good at adopting food from Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, etc. and making it into a huge trend, but I've never seen anything like that!

  • San Jose Love
    January 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    oh yummy. all those flavors look wonderful. ESPECIALLY durian!

  • arunnerslife
    January 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm


    January 27, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    OK now that looks fabulous! I'm snowed in today and I yet I find myself wanting one 🙂

  • Amy
    January 27, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    That's so interesting and YUMMY sounding!

  • Marissa
    January 27, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Yummy! This reminds me of the ice cream sandwiches I had in Thailand! It was a sweet bread, shaped like a hot dog bun, with scoops of coconut ice cream, drizzled with condensed coconut milk, sprinkled with peanuts! Sooo good + sooo bad! :o)

  • Jessica
    January 27, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    OMG, sweet corn ice cream sounds amazing.

  • Mrs. Hot Cocoa
    January 27, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    I saw that on Orchard Rd and was afraid to try it. Now I am kicking myself!

  • Melisa
    January 27, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Totally want to try that! Maybe potato bread would work?

  • Marissa
    January 27, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Look like something from the lands of My Little Pony – I would definitely want some, mmmmmmm =)

  • BigAppleNosh
    January 28, 2011 at 1:02 am

    @Kim, I haven't found that bread here, but if I do you can be sure I'll post about it!

    @Marissa, that sounds AMAZING

    @Melisa Yes, maybe potato bread! I think it would be a similar texture 🙂

  • D. Marie
    January 28, 2011 at 3:17 am

    That is pretty cool!! Italian bread may be pretty good too.

    Was wondering if you would like to guest post about your honeymoon on my Wedding blog at!! 🙂 You have to write about all the food you ate too! 🙂

  • honey my heart
    January 28, 2011 at 6:37 am

    there are a similar bread that street vendors in the philippines serve w/ icecream. i've never tried it but my mom said it was really good so i'm really tempted. plus, i always say yes to icecream 😉

    ps love the color of the bread. pink makes me smile!

  • Mo
    January 28, 2011 at 7:31 am

    I am not a durian fan either–blech!
    I think you can buy bread like this at Ranch 99 or Goldilocks?
    I'd probably be eating a popsicle and be in line for an ice cream sandwich too. 🙂

  • Brandi
    January 28, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I've never seen anything like that before… but I'm intrigued. Does the bread get all mushy if you don't eat it fast enough? Not that I see that being a problem for me 🙂

  • Anni
    January 28, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    I've never heard of that – it looks like it'd taste terrible! But I have been surprised by delicious combos before.

  • Wanderlust
    January 29, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    I can imagine the bread to be like cake, it must be delicious!

  • lobster
    January 31, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    looks yum. I bet it tastes good!