One of the most popular places to get Ang Ku Kueh in Singapore is Ji Xiang Confectionery 吉祥 at Everton Park (“Ji” means “luck”, while “xiang” means “prosperity”).
It has opened a new outlet at Bugis Street earlier in 2021, and this will be expanded with a mini museum along with hands-on Ang Ku Kueh making classes in the future.
The family-run business started out from a kitchen in a HDB flat, and its popularity led them to this space at Everton Park in 1988.
This new Bugis outlet is helmed personally by the younger son, Mr. Kelvin Toh.
“Ang Ku Kueh” or “Red Tortoise Cake” is an oval-shaped pastry made of sticky glutinous rice flour skin wrapped around a sweet filling in the centre.
It may not occur to you that the 7th day of the Chinese New Year is quite a special one. “Renri” 人日 is celebrated in the Chinese culture as the day human beings were created, thus there are Singaporean Chinese who choose to eat “Ang Ku Kueh” on this special day.
Molded to resemble a tortoise shell and traditionally red in colour, they symbolise longevity and good fortune (because tortoises have long life).
Therefore, they are often given as gifts during festivals such as Chinese New Year, baby’s first month and birthdays.
However, there are also people who just treat them like a nostalgic, delicious snack.
The Everton shop isn’t the easiest to find for non-regulars, a far walk from the nearest MRT station (Outram MRT) and hidden under a block of flats.
You may find often a short queue of people lining up, facing rather ‘hurried’ service. Come after later, and several of the limited flavours would be sold out.
Usually when I head down, there are just two or three types left. The Bugis outlet is more convenient as it is right opposite Bugis Junction at the start of Bugis Village.
Ji Xiang sells a total of eight Ang Ku Kueh flavours ($1 per pc) including peanut, sweet bean, salty bean paste, corn, sesame, coconut, yam ($1) and the seasonal durian ($1.80). To emphasize again, most are usually “sold out”, leaving with peanut and sweet bean.
Each is distinguished by the different colour of the skin.
What I liked about their Ang Ku Kueh was their warm (especially when you eat it fresh), soft, slightly sticky skin that won’t stick to the teeth.
Also, the peanut and mung bean fillings were fragrant, yet not too sweet.
If you are buying the kueh home to consume the next day, it is recommended to leave them in room temperature and not in the refrigerator as they do not contain any preservatives.
And NOT to be microwaved.
Recently, I got my hands on their “Rainbow Connection” Care Package, which cost $29 for 6 pieces with reusable bamboo steamer, and inclusive of delivery fee.
Customers can pick from any of the 2 filling flavours, including Peanut, Sweet Bean, Savoury Bean, Coconut or Yam.
The solid colour kuehs can be found for a “Rainbow Ultimate Set” ($55 with reusable bamboo steamer and delivery). WhatsApp +65 9888 8500 to enquire, as they have very limited sets left.
Ji Xiang Confectionery – Bugis
Bugis Street, 235 Victoria Street Singapore 188027
Tel: +65 9888 8500
Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm (Mon – Sun)
Ji Xiang Confectionery – Everton
Block 1 #01-33 Everton Park, Singapore 081001
Tel: +65 6223 1631
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun, PH
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