You never know how much you miss something till it is gone.
It is getting harder to find confectioneries in Singapore which make kueh kueh the traditional way – handmade.
Tedious, labour intensive, not many are willing to pick up the skills.
Here are some shops and stalls in Singapore known for their kueh kueh. The list is not exhaustive of course, and will continue to expand. As far as possible, DFD will include places that we have tried personally (But please don’t send food to my place.)
With the extended Circuit Breaker, many cake and dessert shops have to close operations till further notification. The following listed here have checked and were given the green light, while most other familiar kueh shops are still in the process clarifying or closing temporarily.
As there is limited supply and delivery rides matched with overwhelming demand, do be patient if you do not get your orders in time.
Lek Lim Nonya Cake Confectionery
84 Bedok North Street 4, #01-21, Singapore 460084
Tel: +65 6449 0815
Opening Hours: 5am – 5pm (Mon – Sat), 5am – 2pm (Sun)
Lek Lim Nonya Cake Confectionery, located at Bedok North, started back in 1967 in a simple kampong kitchen at Changi Village.
Although the family is Teochew, owner Madam Sing learnt the skills of nonya cake making from her father’s Peranakan ‘shi-fu’.
The shop’s pride and joy is the ‘Jiu Ceng Gao‘, otherwise known as Kueh Lapis Sagu or Nine-Layered Cake. Lek Lim’s version made from tapioca flour, coconut milk, and flavoured with pandan is indeed aromatic, smoothly delicate and not too sweet.
The shop also supplies to other hawker stalls, caterers, hotels and restaurants.
Delivery via foodpanda or https://kuehkueh.com.sg
30 Seng Poh Rd, #02-25, Singapore 168898
Tel: +65 6273 0852
Opening Hours: 6am – 2pm (Tues – Sun6273 0852), Closed Mon
HarriAnns has been around since the early 1950s, started as a simple push-cart in the Tiong Bahru district in Singapore.
Since then, it has been offering Peranakan heritage food made from recipes passed down for three generations from grandma’s time.
Today, it continues to use traditional methods and the freshest premium ingredients in the making of their dishes, including its signature Nonya Kueh & Cookies. Each piece is an edible piece of art, painstakingly hand-crafted by its chefs with tender loving care.
Kueh available include Rainbow Lapis ($1.20), Kueh Salat ($1.20), Kueh Talam ($1.20), Kueh Binka Ubi ($1.20), Kueh Chendol ($1.20), Ang Ku Kueh ($1.20), Kueh Dadar ($1.50) and more.
Delivery fee is measured by location. FREE delivery for orders $80 and above.
10% Discount for self-pick up at their outlets (Bugis Junction / Suntec City) with a minimum purchase of $20. Pre-orders only.
WhatsApp at +65 9792 3523 to place orders.
Kueh Ho Jiak
6 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #02-20, Singapore 081006
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 2pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
Kueh Ho Jiak located within Tanjong Pagar Food Centre is known for its multi-coloured Ang Ku Kueh.
The purple colour on the skin is said to come from sweet potato, with no added food colourings.
The Ang Ku Kueh come in more traditional flavours such as mung bean, red bean and yam, to more wacky ones from durian, jackfruit to a hae bi hiam (spicy shrimp) which I really liked.
Healthy Kueh Desserts & Bentos with no pork no lard are available.
127 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-222, Singapore 150127
Tel: +65 6276 2287
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
An entry in the Michelin Guide earning The Michelin Plate, Poh Cheu specialises in handmade colourful kueh in a variety of sweet and salty flavours.
If you want some traditional Ang Ku Kueh and Soon Kueh, Poh Cheu has been in operation since 1985.
Founder couple Neo Poh Cheu and Lim Kim Noi began with only 6 flavours for the Ang Ku Kueh: Peanut, Green Bean, Salted Bean, Yam, Durian and Coconut.
Today, they have 12 flavours, including modern ones that appeal to the younger generation, such as Red Bean, Black Sesame, Green Tea, Mango, Pineapple, and Coffee.
Except for the Salted Bean, all flavours are vegetarian. All products at Poh Cheu are made using vegetable oil.
Note that their online and delivery services are closed temporary for the period of the “Circuit Breaker”
– All pre-orders will be closed, purchases will be strictly for walk-in only.
– All products will be pre-packed in boxes of 5, with no loose pieces available for purchase.
– Closed every Sunday and Monday. Daily closing hours will be earlier.
Hainan Xiao Chi 海南小吃 意粑
22 Toa Payoh Lorong 7 #01-35 Singapore 310022
Tel: +65 9338 1903
Opening Hours: 7am – 1pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
The Hainanese has a saying, that a piece of kueh cannot be complete without coconut. This represents the importance of coconut palm sugar in their cakes and snacks.
The Yi Buah is something I have never really seen before, a Hainanese kueh made of glutinous rice flour then stuffed with fillings such as coconut, sesame and peanut.
The word “Yi” represents memories, and the cake has come to symbolise bliss, joy and harmony among families and friends.
Hainan Xiao Chi continues to make Yi Buah by hand, and sells other Hainanese food such as “ji shi geng”, literally meaning chicken poop soup because the ingredients look like it. Don’t worry – it is actually cooked from the root of a herb.
Pre-order available via +65 9338 1903.
Haig Road Putu Piring
Haig Road Food Center Blk 14, #01-07 Singapore 430014
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Alwadi Coffeeshop – Onan Road
Tristar Complex (Beside Hotel 81-Tristar & Cheers)
970 Geylang Rd (parking @ Onan Rd), #01-02 Singapore 423492
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm
The stall owned by Ms Aisha Hashim and her family, is featured in Netflix’s new series “Street Food” – produced from the creators of Chef’s Table.
These Malay desserts look like the Chinese kueh tutu, but the origins are said to be from India.
The stalls continue to use the traditional method of making Putu Piring using the same recipe as when it was founded. The round cakes were made of ground rice flour, filled with gula Melaka (palm sugar) in the centre, covered with another layer of rice flour and then steamed in metal conical moulds for about 5 minutes.
Owner Mohamad Hashim first learnt how to make the putu piring from his grandmother, and had continues to do so for 20 years.
Since its founding, the franchise has grown to 4 branches including the original at the Haig Road Hawker Centre. His daughter and son-in-law continue to manage the stalls. Traditional Haig Road Putu Piring (Geylang Road)
Standard 1 box $3.00 (5pcs, min. 10 boxes) OR
Special order 3pcs $2.50 (min. 12 boxes)
New flavours include Chocolate ($3.50 for 4 pieces/box), Brown Chocolate ($3.50 for 4 pieces/box), Durian ($4 for 3 pieces/box).
– $10 islandwide (except Jurong Island)
– $15 for CBD area
Order $200 & above for free delivery
Delivery time between 12pm – 7pm
WhatsApp +65 9797 5635. Pre-order at least 3 days in advance to avoid disappointment.
Delivery also available via GrabFood, FoodPanda and Deliveroo.