From ang ku kueh to kueh lapis, here’s our list of must-try local kueh in Singapore for breakfast, dessert, and anything in-between.
Oh Singapore, aren’t you a foodie’s dream destination! This sunny island offers amazing local dishes; some original, some adapted, but all just as delicious and binge-worthy. And part of the tasty fare is the plethora of kueh, a selection of local sweet delicacies that can be eaten as a snack or a dessert. Here’s some you want to get started on!
Ang Ku Kueh
One of the first things you’ll notice about this kueh is its brightly coloured oval shape. Ang ku kueh is a soft and round glutinous rice cake with a sweet filling, usually with mung bean or peanut paste. While ang ku kueh has its roots in China, the ones in Singapore have been infiltrated by Nyonya influences, elevating the flavour and appearance of this delicacy.
Made from glutinous rice, these fragrant (which comes from pandan used in the cooking process) sticky cakes are usually found in triangular shapes and coated with grated coconut. Best eaten slightly warm, these tea time treats won’t be complete without a nice serving of gula melaka (palm sugar).
These simple two-layered cakes are hard to miss! Most identifiable by its bright green top layer (which is actually a rich coconut custard), it is usually paired with glutinous rice to balance out the sweetness and creaminess. Sometimes you’ll get different variations of the glutinous rice – from the blue pea-tinged versions to ones mixed with red rice grains for an extra crunch.
Typically round and green in colour, ondeh ondeh are boiled rice cakes coated with grated coconut and filled with liquid gula melaka. Just a fair warning: once you have your first bite, you might not be able to stop! These super sweet fun sized balls are highly addictive and truly yummy.
Another one that catches the eye, kueh lapis (meaning layers) is vibrant in colour. Made from tapioca flour, that gives it a sticky feel and glossy sheen, the most fun way to eat your way through this snack is to peel layer by layer off. Plus, you get to prolong your piece of cake too…
For a quick sugar rush, tuck into these mini pandan crepe rolls filled with gula melaka and grated coconut. These popular Peranakan treats can be found just about anywhere, especially in the mornings at Malay food stalls. Save them for when you need a glucose kick though, don’t waste the good stuff too early in the day.
Kueh Bakar Berlauk
You’ll spot them at most Malay stalls: bright yellow, uniquely flower-shaped with minced meat and chilli on the top. Wonderfully savoury, these dough-y bite-sized cakes make the best snack – trust us, you won’t be stopping at one!