Soon kueh stalls all around Singapore
Soon kueh deserves more attention than it gets. Comprising a translucent rice flour skin and packed with jicama, dried shrimp and mushrooms, it’s an old-school snack that is both healthy and tasty. Plus, it’s one of the few dishes that brings me back to my Teochew roots. If you’ve never tried it before, it is high time you check out these traditional soon kueh stalls found all around Singapore.
1. Lai Heng Handmade Teochew Kueh
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In this modern day and time, it is tough to find soon kueh that’s made from scratch by hand rather than with the help of machines. At Lai Heng Handmade Teochew Kueh, you’ll literally get to see your Steamed Soon Kueh ($0.70) freshly prepared on the spot! You can opt for their Fried Soon Kueh ($0.80) as well. Pan-frying gives the thin chewy skin a crisper texture and enhances the aroma of the fillings.
Address: Blk 347 Jurong East Avenue 1, #01-218, Yuhua Village Market & Hawker Center, Singapore 600347
Opening hours: Daily 6am to 2pm
2. Kuehs and Snacks (老婶阿嬷潮州粿)
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Just as its Chinese name (老婶阿嬷潮州粿) suggests, Kuehs and Snacks offers house-made soon kueh reminiscent of those lovingly prepared by seasoned housewives for their families. What sets their steamed soon kueh apart is the filling. Instead of relying on just jicama, the stall follows a more traditional way of making these goodies by adding bamboo shoots to the mix. For an extra kick, dip your kueh in their blend of dark soy sauce and house-made chilli paste.
Address: Blk 125 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-164, Alexandra Village C3, Singapore 150125
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 7pm
Tel: 6273 5875
3. Teochew Kueh
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Tucked in the middle of Sims Vista Food centre, Teochew Kueh serves a scrummy Mushroom Soon Kueh ($0.70) that is arguably one of Singapore’s best. Packed with jicama strips, mushrooms, and dried shrimp, the chewy snack brims with salty and umami flavours. Also worth mentioning are their “Gu Chai” Kueh ($0.70), Mushroom Rice Kueh ($0.80), and Crystal Dumpling ($0.50).
Address: Blk 49 Sims Place, #01-23, Sims Vista Food Centre, Singapore 380049
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 6am to 4pm
Tel: 9768 6979 / 9667 7569
4. Fatt Soon Kueh
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Fatt Soon Kueh has three outlets on our Little Red Dot, each dishing out delicious and affordable Soon Kueh ($1). Freshly made daily, their kueh boasts a chewier skin that contrasts nicely with the crunchy filling. Given the popularity of Fatt Soon Kueh, it’s best to visit before meal times to avoid the queue.
5. Poh Cheu Soon Kueh and Ang Ku Kueh
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A short walk away from Alexandra Village Food Center, Poh Cheu Soon Kueh and Ang Ku Kueh has earned a loyal following with its wide range of Teochew kueh. What makes their Soon Kueh ($1) so special is the accompanying house-made chilli sauce, which zhngs up the savoury filling with its fiery punch. These scrumptious bites are made in limited amounts each day, so be sure to swing by early if you want some! While you’re there, remember to try their crowd-pleasing Peanut Ang Ku Kueh ($1.10) as well.
Address: Blk 127 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-222, Singapore 150127
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am to 4:30pm
Tel: 6276 2287
6. Yong Xiang Carrot Cake
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Found at Bendemeer Food Centre, Yong Xiang Carrot Cake offers an interesting take on soon kueh and png kueh (glutinous rice dumpling) with their Fried Png Kueh and Soon Kueh ($3.50). Instead of serving them steamed with chilli sauce, these chewy dumplings are fried like chai tow kueh! You can choose to have this with or without black sauce as well. The food centre is currently undergoing renovation, so you’ll need to wait till 1 August 2019 to be able to get your hands on this.
Find out what else is good at Bendemeer Food Centre:
Address: Blk 29 Bendemeer Road, #01-35, Bendemeer Market and Food Centre, Singapore 330029
Opening hours: Tue, Thur, Sat-Sun 6am to 2pm
7. Ah Yee’s Soon Kueh
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Head down to Ah Yee’s Soon Kueh and marvel at the painstaking process that goes into making their Soon Kueh ($1.30). Thin and translucent, the kueh skin seems to defy gravity in holding the assortment of jicama strips, black fungus, carrots, dried shrimp and bamboo shoots together. Top it off with some sweet sauce and chilli and I could eat this for breakfast every day!
Address: Blk 124 Tembeling Road, Singapore 423623
Opening hours: Thur-Tue 7:30am to 5pm
Tel: 9878 2843
8. Yong’s Teochew Kueh
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Yong’s Teochew Kueh has two outlets, one at Kovan and one at East Coast. Both outlets offer a range of Teochew kueh, all made from scratch daily. It’s hard to decide what to get here, but their Soon Kueh ($1.40) and Glutinous Rice Kueh ($1.30) are definite must-tries. They also have Yam Kueh ($1.50), which comes packed with delicious yam strips.
Address: 1022 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534760
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 7am to 7pm
Tel: 6287 4328
9. Toa Payoh 93 Soon Kueh
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Toa Payoh 93 Soon Kueh is a humble eatery at Geylang Bahru Food Centre that churns out an impressive array of traditional Teochew kueh. These snacks are freshly handmade each day; come early and you can catch a glimpse of the effort they put into each and every kueh. Stuffed with hearty portions of diced jicama, mushrooms, and dried shrimp, their Soon Kueh ($1) definitely gives you a good bang for your buck.
Find out what else is good at Geylang Bahru Food Centre:
Address: Blk 69 Geylang Bahru, #01-12, Geylang Bahru Food Centre, Singapore 330069
Opening hours: Daily 7am to 10pm
Tel: 6294 8065
10. Jalan Kukoh Teochew Kueh
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Most of us may not have heard of Kukoh 21 Food Centre, but this hidden gem offers a smorgasbord of great food. The star attraction is Jalan Kukoh Teochew Kueh: a humble family business which first began in Johor Bahru. Popular among regulars of the hawker centre, this homely stall impresses with their signature Soon Kueh ($1). While it has a slightly thicker skin that usual, it still remains soft and chewy. Furthermore, the treat is pan-fried before it’s served, accentuating its taste and texture. The kueh here sells out quickly, so it’s rare for walk-in customers to get their hands on them. So remember to call in advance to reserve some before heading down.
Address: Blk 1 Jalan Kukoh, #01-19, Kukoh 21 Food Centre, Singapore 161001
Opening hours: Tue 3pm to 7pm, Wed-Sat 7am to 9am, 3pm to 7pm
Tel: 9838 0235
Soon kueh to treat your grandparents to
Take a trip down memory lane and treat yourself and your folks to some traditional soon kueh from these stalls. If you’re searching for more old-school snacks, be sure to check out these Nonya kueh stalls as well. Not only are these desserts camera-worthy, they also delight with their sweet and luscious flavours.