Is Bengawan Solo Singapore Halal?


Noor Aishah Karim •  Apr 12, 2023

What is Bengawan Solo?

Not to be confused with the famous Indonesian folk song, Bengawan Solo is a chain of bakery stores that originated in Singapore. The stores are named after the iconic song and specialize in producing traditional Indonesian delicacies, such as Kueh Lapis, Kueh Dadar Gulung, and Ondeh-Ondeh.

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Since its establishment in 1979, Bengawan Solo has grown to become a well-known brand across the region, with over 40 outlets in countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, and Japan. The store's commitment to using high-quality ingredients and traditional recipes has earned it a loyal following among customers who appreciate authentic Indonesian flavours and delicacies.

Are Bengawan Solo products halal?

Bengawan Solo uses rum for some of their cakes. These cakes include Prune Rum Lapis, and therefore, they are not halal-certified. However, they have other items like their Cake Lapis, where you can order in advice without the use of Rum. We have reached out to Bengawan Solo and here’s what the have to say!

Bengawan Solo is not halal-certified, but they use Muslim-friendly ingredients.

The reason that they are not halal-certified because of the small amount of alcohol that they use as a flavour enhancer and natural preservative in some of their cakes. In an interview with Asia One, the founder, Anastasia Liew mentioned that she “worries the cakes won't taste the same without (the rum syrup).” All their character-licensed cakes, kueh, cookies and bread items do not contain this syrup. Their products do not contain pork or lard. They do have customers placing advance orders for cakes without this rum syrup, and they take utmost care in making sure that this syrup is not added to these cakes. The gelatin used in some of their cakes is derived from fish bone. The butter and margarine that are used in them is Halal-certified

Here are some of Bengawan Solo’s bestsellers:

1) Pandan Chiffon

Credit: Bengawan Solo

It is a fluffy and light chiffon cake infused with pandan flavour, a tropical plant commonly used in Southeast Asian cuisine. The cake is known for its soft texture and fragrant aroma, making it a beloved dessert among locals and visitors.

2) Pandan Kaya cake

It is a sponge cake with a pandan-flavoured kaya spread and a light cream frosting. a soft and fluffy cake infused with the flavours of pandan and coconut. The cake is known for its soft texture, fragrant aroma, and sweet taste.

3) Ondeh-Ondeh

Credit: Bengawan Solo

Ondeh-ondeh are glutinous rice flour balls filled with palm sugar, rolled in grated coconut. When eaten, the balls burst with a sweet and slightly salty taste, making them a beloved dessert for you and your family.

4) Kueh Dadar

Credit: Bengawan Solo

Their Kuih Dadar consists of a green crepe filled with grated coconut cooked in gula melaka (palm sugar) syrup. The dessert is sweet, fragrant, and often served chilled. It is a must try!

5) Coffee Almond Oat Cookies

Caption: Bengawan Solo

Bengawan Solo's coffee almond oat cookies are a tasty treat that combines the goodness of oats, almond flour, and coffee. These cookies have a deliciously nutty flavor and a satisfying crunch that makes them perfect for snacking. They are also gluten-free and vegan, making them a great option for anyone with dietary restrictions. Each cookie is carefully crafted with premium ingredients, ensuring a high-quality taste.

We hope the information has been helpful to you but if you're looking for halal bakeries in Singapore, here's a list you can check out.

Halal-status: Not halal-certified. While cakes like Prume Rum Cake Lapis contain alcohol, you may order alcohol-free versions of the cake in advance. Other products are Muslim-friendly. We recommend that you dine at your own discretion.


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