Big breakfasts and brunch menus are enticing, but nothing hits the spot like a simple plate of chwee kueh in Singapore. Read on for our favourites.
Ask any Singaporean to name their favourite traditional breakfast food, and we bet a good handful of them will mention the humble plate of chwee kueh. For us, it’s second only to fluffy kaya-filled pandan waffles. These subtle-tasting steamed rice cakes are topped with chye poh (preserved radish) for a salty kick, and served with a side of fragrant chilli. Can you feel your mouth watering already? Satisfy your cravings at the best places for chwee kueh in Singapore.
Best stalls for chwee kueh in Singapore
1. Aunty Chwee Kueh
East-siders have got to swing by Aunty Chwee Kueh. This stall in Tampines serves silky smooth rice cakes with uber fragrant chye poh. It’s also run by the friendliest hawker couple – aunty Kelly and uncle Andrew. Still hungry after a meal? Treat yourself to other delights like spiral curry puffs, chee cheong fun and yam cake.
Aunty Chwee Kueh, 137 Tampines Street 11, Singapore 521137
2. Xiang Xiang Chwee Kueh
If you like your chwee kueh on the firm side, this stall is your best bet. We love that the chye poh isn’t too oily and comes with a slightly sweeter flavour than most variations at other stalls. Pair it with a hot cup of kopi and it’s golden.
Xiang Xiang Chwee Kueh, #01-05, 91 Whampoa Drive, Singapore 320091
3. Bedok Chwee Kueh
This chwee kueh stall in Singapore made a name for itself back in 2019 when it was listed in the Michelin Bib Gourmand. Its steamed rice cakes are soft and supple, and its chye poh topping is salty and addictive. We’ve hear it’s one of the most consistent stalls around. Definitely one to drop by when the craving hits.
Bedok Chwee Kueh, #01-19, Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre, Singapore 462208
4. Ghim Moh Chwee Kueh
The chwee kueh here is made from a time-honoured recipe, passed down to the owner from their grandmother. Over the years, its traditional flavours have won over the hearts (and taste buds) of many who frequent Ghim Moh Market for their daily breakfast. Pop by for a plate, and don’t forget to add chilli on the side for extra oomph.
Ghim Moh Chwee Kueh, #01-54, Block 20, Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre, Singapore 270020
5. Kovan Chwee Kueh
If affordable is what you’re looking for, swing by Kovan Chwee Kueh for your rice cake fix. Located in Bendemeer Market & Food Centre, the stall sells its chwee kueh at just $1.50 for five pieces. Make sure you’re early if you want to give this a try, because we hear they close before lunchtime.
Kovan Chwee Kueh, #01-64, Bendemeer Market & Food Centre, 29 Bendemeer Road, Singapore 330029
6. Xin Xi Chwee Kueh
Xin Xi Chwee Kueh serves myriad traditional breakfast dishes like chee cheong fun, Nyonya rice dumplings and yam cake. But the bestseller is undoubtedly its bouncy steamed rice cakes. Topped with fragrant, crunchy chye poh, this plate of chwee kueh is bound to keep you coming back for more.
Xin Xi Chwee Kueh, #01-150, Bedok South 58 Market and Food Centre, 58 New Upper Changi Road, Singapore 461058
7. Jian Bo Shui Kueh
Jian Bo Shui Kueh has been serving hungry customers delicious chwee kueh since it first opened in 1958. It has multiple stalls around Singapore, doling out flavourful steamed rice cakes to the masses on a daily basis. We can’t get enough of its savoury chye poh and homemade chilli. Delish!
Jian Bo Shui Kueh, multiple locations including Tiong Bahru and Seng Kang
8. Pek Kio Handmade Chwee Kueh
We’re all used to our chwee kueh served in the form of mini rice cake discs. But at Pek Kio Handmade Chwee Kueh, you can also get them extra large (big enough to fill the palm of your hand). The chye poh itself isn’t overly sweet. So if you prefer a less cloying flavour to your preserved vegetables, this is the place to hit up.
Pek Kio Handmade Chwee Kueh, #01-28, Pek Kio Market & Food Centre, 41A Cambridge Road, Singapore 211041
9. Taman Jurong Chwee Kueh
If you like your chye poh extremely flavourful, you’ll love the one at Taman Jurong Chwee Kueh. It pairs well with the stall’s milder-tasting rice cakes and fragrant chilli. Feeling extra hungry? Get them in a serving of 10 for just $3.40.
Taman Jurong Chwee Kueh, #02-67, Taman Jurong Market & Food Centre, 3 Yung Sheng Road, Singapore 618499
10. Sembawang Hills Shui Kway
Sembawang Hills Food Centre is home to many stalls hawking delicious Hokkien mee, Katong laksa and wanton mee. But the chwee kueh at Sembawang Hills Shui Kway is one you can’t miss. Think firm, subtly sweet steamed rice cakes topped with savoury, umami chye poh. It’s well worth the trip to Upper Thomson.
Sembawang Hills Shui Kway, #01-16, 590 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574419
Dreaming of delish chwee kueh in Singapore? Now you know where to get it.