6 Nonya Kueh Shops In Singapore You Have To Check Out
Think of Nonya kuehs and Bengawan Solo comes to mind, but there are many other places where you can get these delicate old-school treats in Singapore. Scroll the gallery to check out six other Nonya kueh shops that well deserve a visit.
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1. Peranakan Khek
Run by chef-owner Sharon Low, this artisanal kueh store is serious about the quality of its kuehs. 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, are available and cost $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)
2. HarriAnns Nonya Table
Breakfast and lunch sets here include four 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 $1.1 0 per piece.
Where: #01-01A Bugis Junction Towers at 230 Victoria Street, open Mondays to Sundays from 7am to 9pm; #B1-03/04 Ocean Financial Centre at 10 Collyer Quay, open Mondays to Fridays from 7am to 8pm
3. Ji Xiang Confectionery
Open since 1988, Ji Xiang Confectionery is best known for its ang ku kueh, which has a large cult following. It’s come a long way from its humble beginnings, where the owners would make just two flavours of ang ku kueh in the kitchen of their HDB flat. It’s been 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
4. Lek Lim Nonya Cake Confectionery (Traditional)
This one-stop kueh shop 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 — all for as little as $0.40. The hard-to-find Teochew kuehs, gu chai kueh and peng kueh can be found here as well. 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 from 6.30am to 6pm, and Sundays from 6.30am to 2pm
5. 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 from $0.80 per piece. This Peranakan patisserie uses agar agar made from seaweed and not animal products, making its treats an option for vegans and vegetarians.
Where: Found at various locations, from Changi Airport to China Square and myVillage
6. Kim Choo Kueh Chang
Primarily famed for their rice dumplings, Kim Choo — in business since 1945 — also sells a large variety of Nonya kuehs. This Joo Chiat shophouse establishment has a mouthwatering assortment of everything from kueh lapis and kueh salat to beng kang ubi and kueh dadar. A box of four pieces retails for $2.80. You might also be tempted by the traditional Nonya rice dumplings.
Where: Head to Kim Choo’s boutique gallery at 60 Joo Chiat Pl, open daily from 9am to 9pm