From kueh lapis and ang ku kueh to ondeh ondeh, these traditional kuehs – with their pleasant aroma, sweet taste and striking colours – are excellent bites for both children and grown-ups. Introduce your kids to these amazing bites with our round-up to the 12 best spots to get your fix.
1. Peranakan Khek
Run by chef-owner Sharon Low, this artisanal Nonya kueh store is serious about the quality of its creations. Expect kuehs to be made with premium gula melaka from Malacca and freshly squeezed coconut milk. Seven types of kuehs, including kueh bingka ubi, ang ku kueh, kueh salat and kueh dadar go for around $2 to $2.50 per piece. All kuehs require a pre-order of at least three days, so make sure you put in yours in time.
Where: 11 Cavan Road, #01-03; open Wednesdays to Saturdays from 11am–6pm, Sundays and public holidays from 11am–5pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays). Visit http://www.peranakankhek.com
2. Tiong Bahru Galicier Pastry Bakery
I love kueh kueh… which one is your fav ? There’s Pulut udang ( sambal shrimp with glutinous rice wrapped in banana leaf ) , ondeh ondeh ( skin has to be thin and not undercook with substantial gula melaka filling ) and the other one is kueh kosui ( that sweet kueh mixed with slightly salty grated coconut is perfect ! ) . These are from Tiong bahru Galicier , I just have to visit them whenever I’m in the area 🙂 #galicierpastry #TiongBahruGalicierPastry #tiongbahru #nonyakueh . I’m missing my recent trip to Penang … the cup and saucer set is one of the items I brought home 😀
Specialising in traditional, old-school pastries, this store has been around since the 1970s, and is now run by fourth-generation kueh-makers. It takes pride in traditional methods of preparation, and offers a large variety of old-school kuehs and Chinese cookies, all year round. Perfect for the budget snacker, the kuehs start at just $0.70 per piece. You’ll want to try their famous kueh dadar and putu ayu, both prepared with unique methods.
Where: 55 Tiong Bahru Road, #01-39; open daily from 6.30am–9.30pm. Visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tiong-Bahru-Galicier-Pastry/204048602956394
3. Ji Xiang Confectionery
Opened in 1988, Ji Xiang Confectionery is best known for its famous ang ku kueh, which has a large cult following. It’s come a long way from its humble beginnings, where owners made just two flavours of ang ku kueh in the kitchen of their HDB flat. It’s featured in dramas like Channel 8’s The Successor, and on popular food blogs like TheLionRaw and ieatishootipost.
Where: 1 Everton Park, #01-33; open daily from 9am–5pm. Visit http://jixiangconfectionery.com.sg
One of Chef Malcolm’s favourite kueh, the Kueh Salat is a sweet cake of glutinous rice lightly tinged a royal hue with blue pea flowers, and topped with a layer of fragrant pandan custard. – Witness Chef Malcolm dedication’s at work, as he makes this Peranakan afternoon tea essential that he regards as prestigious as any fancy French dessert. – Discover more – facebook.com/candlenutsg 一 #CandlenutSG #COMODempsey
Head to this one-Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant for a swanky dinner in ambient surrounds, and finish your meal with one of its decadent kueh desserts. Serving a highly seasonal menu of premium items, the absolute must-try is the kueh salat – paired with young coconut sorbet and sprinkled with coconut cookie crumbs. It may be a little modern, but the flavours are lip-smackingly traditional. The caveat: It is only served with the dinner set menu ($118++ per person), and only 20 servings are made per night. If you’re not having the set but want a taste of something sweet, look for the ala carte items like Mao Shan Wang Ice Cream, Durian Puree and Kueh Rose ($12 each).
Where: 17A Dempsey Rd; open Sundays through Thursdays, 12pm-3pm and 6pm-10pm; and on Fridays and Saturdays, with closing hours extended until 11pm. Visit http://comodempsey.sg/restaurant/candlenut
5. The Pantree
Not a fan of old-timey flavours? Make a beeline for The Pantree, which serves Min Jiang Kueh (peanut pancake) with more than 15 types of unique fillings such as creamed corn, chicken floss and even luncheon meat. At only $2.50 to $5 per pancake, it’s highly affordable. Each item is also made to order, ensuring that everything is served hot, crispy and fresh.
Where: 5 Straits View; open Mondays to Fridays, 8am-6pm. Visit https://www.facebook.com/thepantree.com.sg/
6. Baba Chews
Durian lovers and those with a sweet tooth will adore Baba Chews, which on Fridays and Saturdays opens until midnight — so if you’ve got a late-night hankering, this is where you need to be. The artisanal store specialises in pandan crepes stuffed with D24 durian mousse ($14). Enhanced by the taste of additional shredded coconut cooked in palm sugar, this sinful creation is topped with a scoop of gula melaka ice cream. This extremely modern take on kueh makes a perfect plate that appeals to the food Instagrammer in all of us.
Where: Katong Square at 86 East Coast Road; open Sundays through Thursdays, 6.30am-11pm, and on Fridays and Saturdays, with extended hours until 12am. Visit http://www.Babachews.com.sg
7. HarriAnns Nonya Table
Breakfast and lunch sets here include 4 bite-sized unique kuehs and a hot drink ($5). Some of the options at the HarriAnns Nonya Table chain include: Rainbow Lapis, Kueh Salat, Gula Melaka Talum, Pink Fairy (coconut cream top, azuki beans bottom) as well as rainbow ondeh ondehs with different fillings. Pick from flavours like yam, black sesame, peanut, cheese and even chocolate. Prices are start at around $1.10 per piece.
Where: #01-01A Bugis Junction Towers at 230 Victoria Street; open Mondays to Sundays, 7am-9pm; #B1-03/04 Ocean Financial Centre at 10 Collyer Quay, open Mondays to Fridays, 7am-8pm. Visit http://www.harrianns.com
8. Lek Lim Nonya Cake Confectionery (Traditional)
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Buy an entire kueh haul at this one-stop store, which offers a huge menu of the handmade treats. You’ll find favourites such as ang ku kueh, kueh lapis sagu, ondeh ondeh, gula melaka talum — each for $0.40 or upwards. The hard-to-find Teochew kuehs, gu chai kueh and peng kueh, are here too. The family business has been in operation since the 1960s, and is known for its superbly refined selection.
Where: #01-21 84 Bedok North Street 4; open Mondays to Saturdays, 6.30am-6pm, and Sundays 6.30am-2pm. Visit http://www.kuehkueh.com.sg
9. Chalk Farm
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Chalk Farm’s kueh salat is a big hit, and was hailed the best in Singapore by Epicure magazine in 2017. It’s pricey at $5.80 per piece, but it’s big enough for two to share. While the regular menu of cakes features Mandarin Whiskey cake, Rum and Butterscotch and 24 Karat Brownies, Chalk Farm’s kueh offerings include Durian Salat and Kueh Lapis.
Where: #B1-K24 Paragon at 290 Orchard Road; open daily 10am-9pm, and B1-83M Parkway Parade at 80 Marine Parade Road; open daily 11am-9.30pm. Visit http://www.thechalkfarm.com
10. Chinta Manis
With a staggering selection of 30 classic nonya kuehs, you’ll be able to find everything from sago lapis to chendol agar agar and durian salat (prices start at around $0.80 per piece). Food for thought: The Peranakan patisserie uses agar agar made from seaweed and not animal products, making this an option for vegans and vegetarians.
Where: Found at various locations, from Changi Airport to China Square and myVillage. Visit http://www.chintamanis.com.sg/
11. Kim Choo Kueh Chang
Famed for rice dumplings, Kim Choo — in business since 1945 — also sells a large variety of nonya kuehs. This Joo Chiat shophouse establishment has a mouth-watering assortment of everything from kueh lapis and kueh salat to beng kang ubi and kueh dadar (around $2.80 for a box of 4 pieces). You might also be tempted by the traditional Nonya rice dumplings ($2.50 and up).
Where: Head to Kim Choo’s boutique gallery at 60 Joo Chiat Pl; open daily 9am-9pm. For more locations, visit https://www.kimchoo.com
12. Hainan Xiao Chi
Thirty years of honing its craft means this hidden gem is one you shouldn’t miss. It was awarded the title of “Heritage Hero” by Slow Food SG, a nod to its commitment to traditional — and laborious — work. Try the yi buah, made from rice flour, wrapped in banana leaf and stuffed with shredded coconut, ground peanut, gula melaka, sesame seeds, ginger, and dried persimmons. It’s finger-licking good with a slightly spicy kick from the ginger, and you’d be hard-pressed to find it elsewhere.
Where: #01-35 22 Lor 7 Toa Payoh; open Tuesdays to Sundays, 7am-1pm. Visit https://www.facebook.com/hainan.xiaochi