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

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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.

Photo by Morgan & Owen

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