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.
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In modern times, it is tough to find soon kueh that’s made by hand rather than with the help of machines. At the Michelin-approved Lai Heng Handmade Teochew Kueh, you’ll literally get to see your Steamed Soon Kueh ($1) freshly prepared on the spot! You can opt for their Fried Soon Kueh ($1.10) as well. Pan-frying gives the thin chewy skin a crispier texture and enhances the aroma of the fillings.
Address: Tue-Sun 6:30am to 2:30pm
Opening hours: Daily 6am to 2pm
Tel: 9455 6341
Lai Heng Handmade Teochew Kueh is not a halal-certified eatery.
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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: Tue-Sun 8:30am to 7pm
Tel: 6273 5875
Kuehs and Snacks is not a halal-certified eatery.
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Fatt Soon Kueh has four outlets on our Little Red Dot, each dishing out delicious and affordable Soon Kueh (three for $3). 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.
Address: Blk 208B New Upper Changi Road, #01-18, Bedok Interchange Food Centre, Singapore 460208
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8:30am to 6:30pm
Address: 209 Hougang Street 21, #01-17, Singapore 530209
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 7am to 6:30pm
Address: 9 Yishun Street 51, #13-18, Singapore 767970
Opening hours: Daily 9am to 6pm
New Market Road outlet
Address: 32 New Market Road, #01-1012, People’s Park Food Centre, Singapore 050032
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10am to 6:30pm
Fatt Soon Kueh is not a halal-certified eatery.
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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 ($1.20) 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 ($1.30) as well.
Address: Blk 127 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-222, Singapore 150127
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 8am to 6pm
Tel: 6276 2287
Poh Cheu Soon Kueh and Ang Ku Kueh is not a halal-certified eatery.
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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 ($4). 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.
Address: Blk 29 Bendemeer Road, #01-35, Bendemeer Market and Food Centre, Singapore 330029
Opening hours: Tue, Thurs, Sat-Sun 6am to 2pm
Yong Xiang Carrot Cake is not a halal-certified eatery.
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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 ($1.60). 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
Ah Yee’s Soon Kueh is not a halal-certified eatery.
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Yong’s Teochew Kueh has two outlets, one at Upper Serangoon 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 ($1.50) and Glutinous Rice Kueh ($1.60) are definite must-tries. They also have Yam Kueh ($1.80), which comes packed with delicious yam strips.
Upper Serangoon outlet
Address: 1022 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534760
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 7am to 3pm
Tel: 6287 4328
East Coast outlet
Address: 150 E Coast Road, Singapore 428837
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8am to 3pm
Tel: 6345 6798
Yong’s Teochew Kueh is not a halal-certified eatery.
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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 (five for $5) definitely gives you a good bang for your buck.
Address: Blk 69 Geylang Bahru, #01-12, Geylang Bahru Food Centre, Singapore 330069
Opening hours: Tue 7am to 7pm, Wed 8:30am to 7pm, Thurs-Sat 7am to 6pm, Sun 8:30am to 4pm
Tel: 8816 9393
Toa Payoh 93 Soon Kueh is not a halal-certified eatery.
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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 ($1.40). 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. Remember to call in advance to reserve some before heading down.
Address: 1 Jalan Kukoh, #01-19/20, Jalan Kukoh Food Centre, Singapore 161001
Opening hours: Tue 3pm to 7pm, Wed-Sat 7am to 9am, 3pm to 7pm
Tel: 9838 0235
Jalan Kukoh Teochew Kueh is not a halal-certified eatery.
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One Kueh At A Time has the most modern setup of all the entries of the list, given that it’s basically a cafe in an industrial setting. The “Artisanal Soon Kuehs”, as the cafe likes to call them, are mostly handmade. Classic ($1.60) soon kuehs here are delicious, but we recommend going for the Bak Kwa ($2.50) soon kueh first—it’s stuffed with Lim Chee Guan’s famous barbecued pork.
Address: 230 Pandan Loop, #01-K1, Singapore 128415
Opening hours: Thurs-Sat 10am to 6pm, Sun 10am to 4pm
Tel: 9795 6119
One Kueh At A Time is not a halal-certified eatery.
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To patrons of the stall, Yuan Wei Hand-Made Soon Kueh isn’t just the best soon kueh stall in Ang Mo Kio—it’s also one of the best in the entire country. You can’t go wrong with the classic Soon Kueh ($1.40) or Rice Cake ($1.30), which are said to be particularly soft and fragrant. The stall is also known for their peppery Yam Cake ($1).
Address: 226F Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Singapore 566226
Opening hours: Wed-Fri 8am to 12:30pm, Sat-Sun 7:30am to 12:30pm, Mon 8am to 12:30pm
Tel: 9447 2353
Yuan Wei Hand-Made Soon Kueh is not a halal-certified eatery.
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The long-running Fu Xin Cooked Food at Old Airport Road continues to be a great place to buy Teochew kueh. Their handmade Soon Kueh ($0.90), with its slightly sheer, chewy skin and a fragrant filling, is excellent. Another popular option is the Ku Chai Kueh ($0.90), a classic kueh filled with chives, which the stall grows in-house.
Address: 51 Old Airport Road, #01-142, Old Airport Road Food Centre, Singapore 390051
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 6am to 6pm
Fu Xin Cooked Food is not a halal-certified eatery.
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Tiong Bahru Teochew Kueh has been around since 1974, serving up handmade kueh to generations of patrons. Two types of Soon Kueh ($1.30) are offered here, one filled with turnip and the other with chives, so take your pick. Their Black Bean Kueh ($1.30), with its chewy texture and creamy flavour, is another fan favourite.
Address: 52 Tiong Bahru Road, #02-02, Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre, Singapore 168716
Opening hours: Daily 7:30am to 2pm
Tiong Bahru Teochew Kueh is not a halal-certified eatery.
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Kueh Ho Jiak isn’t primarily known for its soon kueh, but like most of the kueh here, it is said to be oh-so-delicious. Their Handmade Soon Kueh (10 pieces for $18) comes packed with turnip, black fungus, radish, and dried shrimps—if you’re vegan or vegetarian, you can opt for the meat-free option, too.
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Kueh Ho Jiak is a halal-certified eatery.
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.
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