Before the arrival of Western sweets, Singapore had nonya kueh. Captivatingly colourful, scrumptiously sweet (and sometimes, savoury), whimsically wobbly, strikingly shaped, and all-around alluring, nonya kuehs have managed to defy the attrition of time, and has firmly ingrained itself into the nation’s collective palate.
Nonya kueh (or Malay kuih) is a type of dessert created in the South-East Asian region, serving as bite-sized snacks for the peckish to intersperse throughout the day. More than a tea-time snack of the elderly or an occasional treat your adoring grandparents indulged you with, nonya kueh forms an integral part of the Peranakan culinary heritage.
While many traditional desserts are struggling to stay relevant to present-day dessert preferences, nonya kuehs have not only seamlessly transitioned into modernity, the recent resurgence of interest in Peranakan fare has skyrocketed them to the forefront of our consciousness as well.
Whether you’re kueh-ving for a classic treat or something with a more contemporary spin (or even both!), we have put together a guide for you to track down all your favourite kuehs and more!
Ang ku kueh, png kueh, soon kueh — you name it, we love it. Kuehs are, hands down, one of Singapore’s more iconic desserts.
Coming in all shapes, sizes, colours and textures, kuehs are insanely versatile and there’s one for everybody. If you’re feeling peckish in the afternoon, these little treats are the perfect answer. Whether you like them sweet or savoury, we’ve got them all in the bag.
Here are 11 places that do islandwide delivery for traditional kueh in Singapore.
Buttery, fragrant and dense, these are all the components that make up the perfect slice of kueh lapis. This popular, multi-layered Indonesian cake is a traditional dessert that Singaporeans love to indulge in, especially during tea-time.
lIf you’re hankering after a nostalgic slice of this goodness, we have here a list of 8 places that sell some of the best kueh lapis in Singapore.
The Singapore Food Festival (SFF) is making its annual return once again from 13 to 29 July 2018, with a sumptuous medley of over 20 gastronomic experiences featuring both traditional and contemporary Singaporean flavours.
In conjunction with the event’s 25th anniversary, there will be a series of culinary offerings that are charmingly whimsical, inventive and yet familiar, as the festival continues to stay true to its roots by shining the spotlight on authentic local flavours and culinary talents taking centre stage during this festival. Guiding this year’s lineup of activities are four multi-faceted pillars—Modernity, Culture, Art and Tradition–that exemplify the wide-ranging events making up the festival.
Themed ‘Savour Singapore In Every Bite’, the festival aims to present Singapore’s rich culture and history through diverse, creative gastronomic experiences such as hands-on workshops, cooking demos and theatrical experiences—with an array of sumptuous local food at the centre of it all.
Taking place at various locations across Singapore from 13 to 29 July 2018, you can be part of all that feasting and the exciting programme too — all in the name of honouring and celebrating Singapore’s generations of food heritage and talents.
Kuehs are common snacks of the Hokkien, Teochew and Peranakan cuisine. The terminology is actually a general description for bite-size nibbles. We realised that majority of foreigners and even generation Y Singaporeans are largely confused by what kuehs actually are and the different types of kuehs available.
These traditional delights come in many different forms and are either sweet or savoury. It could be a biscuit, cake, pudding or other rice-based treats. Preparations of kuehs are not confined to a single recipe due to its various Asian origins. Furthermore, most were actually created based on rough approximation.
If you are still confused, read our Beginner’s Guide to Kuehs and do make time to sample these lovely heritage desserts!