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Singapore Trend Alert: Supper Clubs, Chinese Sweet Soups, More

Underground
dining—experimental
dinner parties with random strangers—is popping up around Singapore. Three supper
clubs that are on the radar: Ping’s
Illegal Diners Club
run by food consultant focused on healthy eats; lolla’s secret
suppers
, hosted by champagne importers; and Social Candy, a network of
like-minded amateur cooks. Locations change with each event and diners sign up
via Facebook. It’s an eye-catching trend in a country that’s such a stickler
for rules; we’ll see if it goes anywhere.

There’s
also been an interesting movement to bring traditional Asian desserts into
trendier settings. The recently opened Dessert Ministry on Orchard Road lists
old-school Chinese sweet soups such as white fungus in almond cream, as well as
Japanese rice cakes and Western desserts with Asian flavors (black sesame ice
cream with strawberries). It’s a trend that’s not limited to Singapore:
David Thompson’s Nahm in Bangkok has made many a convert to Thai desserts.

Jennifer
Chen is
Travel
+ Leisure's Asia correspondent. You can follow her on Twitter at xiaochen6.

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