5 Singapore Local Foods With Carnation Milk You Will Love

Food & Drink

Published on 24 Jul 2018

by WorldRoamer® Travel Team

5 Singapore Local Foods With Carnation Milk You Will Love

Food & Drink

Published on 24 Jul 2018

by WorldRoamer® Travel Team

Do you add milk to your foods? Here in Singapore, Carnation milk is added to these various dishes or drinks to create sweet or savoury flvours. A MUST-TRY!

Somewhat a best kept secret, “Carnation” is the brand of evaporated milk / sweetened condensed milk Singapore has come to love. We add it to soups and we add it to drinks. We are weird? No. You are - if you have not tried it and love it like we do. Here’s a list of local favourites that feature Carnation Milk.

Vintage Carnation Milk Advertisement

Different countries apply Carnation milk in various methods. These are the ones Singapore is best known for, from savoury to sweet concoctions, some of which you wouldn’t have even guessed!


1. Fish Noodle Soup

This bowl of thick rice noodles in delicious broth served with slices of fish (which can be fried or not) is one example of the use of carnation milk in savoury cooking. The milk is added to thicken the soup, just like how cream is added to fisherman’s stew. Unorthodox, but it definitely works as the carnation milk elevates the taste of the broth, creating a rich, creamy, nourishing fish soup.

Where To Go:

Swee Kee Fishhead Noodle House
Address: 96 Amoy Street, Singapore 069916
Opening Hours: 11:45am to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 10:45pm daily

Jin Hua Fish Head Bee Hoon
Address: 1 Kadayanallur Street, Maxwell Food Centre #01-77, Singapore 069184
Opening Hours: 11:00am to 8:30pm, closed Thu

Seng Kee Fish Soup
Address: Blk 163 Bukit Merah Central, Bukit Merah Central Food Centre #02-56, Singapore 150163
Opening Hours: 11:00am to 4:00am daily

2. Crab Bee Hoon

Crab Bee Hoon is a popular dish in Singapore, but it is probably not highlighted as often due to its hefty price tag. Most places use Sri Lankan crabs so you’ll be looking at about $20 to S$75 a dish. However, once you’ve had a taste of this crustacean delicacy, you’re bound to be back.

Made with a variety of noodles, some restaurants use Bee Hoon while others use thicker rice noodles or even glass noodles.

There are two styles to this dish: the dry braised version that has a punch of flavour or the claypot soup version cooked in a seafood broth.

Where To Go:

Crab at Bay Seafood Restaurant
Address: 548 MacPherson Rd, Singapore 368227
Opening Hours: 11:00am to 2:00pm, 5:00pm to 10:30pm daily

Palm Beach Seafood Restaurant
Address: One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Rd, #01-09, Singapore 049213
Opening Hours: 12:00pm to 3:30pm, 5:30pm to 11:30pm daily

Melben Seafood
Address: 232 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, Singapore 560232
Opening Hours: 5:00pm to 10:30pm daily

Long Ji Zi Char
Address: 253 Outram Rd, Singapore 169049
Opening Hours: 5:00pm to 11:00pm daily

3. Ice Kachang

A dessert from Malaysia, it is originally known as ‘ice ball’ as the shaved ice is pressed down into a ball and then drizzled with coloured sugary syrups and evaporated milk.

A perfect thirst quencher to beat our tropical heat, it is made up of a mound of shaved ice topped over jelly bits, red beans, sweet corn and attap seeds. This creates a pretty rainbow mound you can’t help but sink your teeth into.

Ice Kachang Article Photo WR Resized Source: WorldRoamer®

Where To Go:

Tian Tian Yuan Dessert House
Address: 30 Seng Poh Road, Tiong Bahru Market #02-15, Singapore 168898
Opening Hours: Thu to Tue, 11:00am to 11:00pm; closed Wed

88 San Ren Cold & Hot Dessert
Address: 500 Clemenceau Avenue North, Newton Food Centre #01-005, Singapore 229495
Opening Hours: 11:00am to 11:00pm daily

4. Bandung

Bandung is a treat for the senses! Made with rose cordial syrup and carnation milk, its delicious floral aroma and pretty pink blush makes it a really popular thirst quencher.

Bandung Article Photo WR Resized Source: WorldRoamer®

Where To Go:

Kampong Glam Cafe
Address: 17 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199438\ Opening Hours: 8:00am to 2:00am daily

Apit Drinks Stall
Address: 2 Adam Road, Adam Road Food Centre #01-06, Singapore 289876
Opening Hours: 6:30am to 9:00pm daily

5. Teh Tarik – Teh C

Teh Tarik translates to ‘pulled tea’ and Teh C refers to tea made with Carnation milk. The tea is pulled back and forth from a height, resulting in a thick beverage with a frothy top.

A popular mid afternoon “perk-me-up”, this drink is also popular with the late night crowd at a local ‘Sarabat’ shop or Malay coffee shop. Sometimes, it is drunk as an accompaniment to a supper snack such as prata or maggi mee goreng.

Fun Fact: Evaporated milk is added in brewed tea and coffee to make Teh C and Kopi C respectively. The "C" used in these names was due to a common association to the brand "Carnation Evaporated Milk".

Teh Tarik - Teh C Article Photo WR Resized Source: WorldRoamer®

Where To Go:

Mr Teh Tarik (OUB Centre)
Address: 1 Raffles Place, One Raffles Place (OUB Centre) #B1-04, Singapore 048616
Opening Hours: 7:00am to 6:00pm daily

No Name Teh Sarabat Stall
Address: 21 Baghdad Street, Singapore 199660
Opening Hours: 6:30am to 12:00am daily

Kampong Glam Cafe
Address: 17 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199438
Opening Hours: 8:00am to 2:00am daily

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