A small business with a big goal to bring back well-made traditional kueh, Peranakan Khek is a tiny store operating in the Jalan Besar area. While the shop stocks kueh and cakes daily, the selection is limited. To avoid disappointment, pre-order the goodies 2-3 days in advance by checking out its online menu. Some of the favourites include kueh salat ($2 a slice), ang ku kueh ($2.20), kueh bingka ubi ($2 a slice) and kueh dadar which perfectly celebrates the holy trinity of coconut, gula melaka (palm sugar) and pandan – all important ingredients in any local dessert.
If you're craving for some local kueh, you can always depend on a Bengawan Solo store for supplies. With locations all over the island and a huge selection of reasonably priced kueh, it's no wonder why they have been in the kueh business for so long. Take your pick from kueh salat, lapis sagu, kueh dadar, kueh ambon, getuk ubi and more, it's kueh heaven.
While you'll find a small but satisfactory range of kueh – both sweet and savoury – at this little shop in Jurong, what they do best is the most iconic Singapore kueh, ang ku kueh. Shaped like a tortoise shell with intricate markings, it's hard not to notice the colourful kueh on display. On top of the classic flavours like peanut, red bean and green bean, it gets creative as well with fillings like durian, coconut, sweet corn, coffee, green tea and more. Best part? Each piece costs $1 or less.
This Peranakan confectionery serves up multi-coloured kuehs such as the rainbow lapis and Pink Fairy, a pastel pink coconut cream atop an azuki bean layer. But hone into the kueh salat ($1.50) – it makes for a rich bite as the creamy kaya custard on top melds with the glutinous rice below. In true Nyonya style, the rice is coloured blue by the blue pea flower, which also lends it a faint fragrance.
Go crazy with the selection of old-school Nyonya kueh and traditional treats at Tiong Bahru Gallicier. From ondeh-ondeh (glutinous rice balls with gula melaka filling) to lemper udang (a savoury sticky rice roll filled with spicy dried shrimp), you can also add on to the basket with classic pandan cake, assorted chiffon cakes, tarts, cookies and pastries.
Keeping it old-school, Ji Xiang Confectionary has been making tradional handmade ang ku kueh since 1988. Stick to the classics like peanut and salted bean filling for only 70 cents a piece. For bolder flavours, definitly go with the exotic flavours such as durian.
Though this bakery cafe may not be the first place you look when going on a kueh hunt, the super-sized kueh salat cake ($5/slice, $60/whole cake) is worth making the trip to Paragon for. Made with fresh coconut milk, butterfly pea extract and pandan juice, it's a definite standout in the bakery. Go on, buy the whole cake.
Founded by a group of middle-aged uncles who want to reach out to the younger generation and increase their awareness of Singapore’s roots, Chong Wen Ge promises a café experience steeped in heritage. Keeping true to its Peranakan roots, you'll find a delightful range of colourful Nyonya kueh like ondeh-ondeh, kueh salat, ang ku kueh, kueh dadar and more on display.