8 Best Local Kuehs Of Singapore And Where To Find Them

Food & Drink

Published on 23 Jul 2018

by WorldRoamer® Travel Team

8 Best Local Kuehs Of Singapore And Where To Find Them

Food & Drink

Published on 23 Jul 2018

by WorldRoamer® Travel Team

Are you craving for a snack? There are various Kuehs rich in diverse flavours to suit your palate. Here are 8 best local Kuehs and where to find them.

‘Kueh’, a Malay word for bite-sized snacks and desserts, is a part of the Peranakan tradition and food culture. Localized as the term ‘nonya kueh’ in Singapore, its breadth stretches across a multitude of puddings, sweet, savoury or salty pastries and cakes – mostly made from a rice or glutinous rice base.

More often steamed than baked, each of these cakes and kuehs has its own unique attributes, resulting in a wide variety of different shapes, colours, flavour and texture – both on the inside, and the out!

Furthermore, they are also each presented differently – some are filled, sliced, wrapped in leaves or plastic, while others are layered.

We’ve narrowed down the list to these signature favourites.

1. Ang Ku Kueh

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Considered to be an auspicious delicacy for the Chinese, ‘Ang’ means ‘red’ in the Chinese dialect. As it is oval-shaped and its print resembles a tortoise’s shell, it is affectionately known as the ‘red tortoise cake’. It is often presented as a gift to others to mark a baby’s full moon (100 days) celebration.

Traditionally, it is filled with a mung bean paste and wrapped with a red, soft, sticky glutinous rice flour skin. Other fillings include peanut, sesame, coconut, corn and yam.

2. Kueh Salat

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Kueh Salat is a double-tiered nonya kueh consisting of a white base of steamed glutinous rice and a thick custard layer. The custard layer is infused with freshly squeezed coconut milk and pandan juice.

3. Lapis Sagu

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This could notoriously be the most popular nonya kueh dessert in Singapore. It is also the Peranakan version of the ever popular “Rainbow Cake”. The kueh lapis is a nine-layered snack that was interestingly coined the ‘thousand-layer cake’ probably because all the kids wanted it to go on forever! The layers of rice flour, tapioca and coconut milk are mixed together and layered individually before being steamed.

4. Ondeh – Ondeh

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Made either from glutinous rice or sweet potato flour, these tiny balls of sweet, juicy pandan goodness are filled with gula melaka (palm sugar) before being rolled in freshly grated coconut. Pop them whole into your mouth and experience the explosive burst of gula melaka syrup when you bite into it!

5. Tu Tu Kueh

Tu Tu Kueh, also known as Putu Piring for its plate-like shape, is a nonya kueh that is made from finely pounded rice flour. There is a variety of fillings to choose from, such as grated coconut, gula melaka or chopped peanuts. Small and fragile, the nimble art of making these steamed kuehs requires one with some experience and expertise. When ready, they are placed on square pandan leaves that release the delicious aroma of pandan on the kueh, elevating the whole sensory experience.

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6. Durian Crepe & Puff

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As you may know, durian is mostly seasonal. However, here in Singapore, local shops have cleverly incorporated this King of Fruits into their cakes so that we can enjoy it all year round. For all durian lovers, the durian crepe and puff are some examples of how you can have your cake and eat it too! Often mixed with fresh cream, the creaminess of the durian makes for an excellent filling in a crepe and puff. If you haven’t already tried this, you must! It is a great way to introduce the fruit in baby steps to friends who have never tasted durian.

7. Pandan Cake

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Also known as pandan chiffon cake, Bengawan Solo’s most popular export is a fluffy and light pandan flavoured cake. An ideal tea-time snack! The pandan cake was named as one of the world’s 17 best cakes by CNN Travel and listed as Singapore’s national cake. If you like, pick up a cake at the airport to take home as an edible souvenir from Singapore.

8. Old School Buttercream Cake

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These cakes are labelled as ‘old school’ because they are exactly that – it is what all children who grow up in Singapore remember from heritage bakeries. It is also reminiscent of one’s childhood across generations in Singapore today.

Plus, who doesn’t love buttercream?


Tiong Bahru Galicier Pastry
Address: 55 Tiong Bahru Road #01-39, Singapore 160055
Opening Hours: 10:00am to 8:30pm; closed on Mon

HarriAnn’s Nonya Table
Address: 230 Victoria Street, Bugis Junction Towers #01-01A, Singapore 188024
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri, 7:30am to 8:30pm; Sat to Sun, 8:30am to 8:30pm

Kim Choo
Address: 60 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427784
Opening Hours: 10:00am to 10:00pm, daily

Lek Lim Nonya Cake Confectionery
Address: 84 Bedok North Street 4, #01-21, Singapore 460084
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat, 6:30am to 6pm; Sun, 6:30am to 2:00pm

Glory Catering
Address: 139 East Coast Road, Singapore 428829
Opening Hours: 8:30am to 8:00pm, daily

Bengawan Solo
Address: 68 Orchard Road, Plaza Singapura #B2-59 Singapore 238839
Opening Hours: 10:00am to 10:00pm, daily

Daun Pandan Rice Dumpling (Tu Tu Kueh)
Address: 133 New Bridge Rd, Chinatown Point #B1-03, Singapore 059413
Opening Hours: 10:00am to 10:00pm daily

Haig Road Putu Piring
Address: Blk 14, Haig Road Food Center #01-07, Singapore 430014
Opening Hours: 11:00am to 10:00pm daily

Address: 68 Orchard Road, Plaza Singapura #B2-04, Singapore 238839
Opening Hours: 10:00am to 10:00pm daily

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