Ahh Chwee Kueh. Much of a childhood snack, this traditional dish is one that appeals to both the old and the young. How can it not? Freshly steamed rice cake topped with some preserved radish and a dash of chilli, it’s no surprise that this snack is a crowd pleaser.
A simple dish that extraordinarily excites our palates, we list six of our favourite picks!
1. Bedok Chwee Kueh
Bigger and better, Bedok’s chwee kueh is as delectable as the sweet chai poh. Its chilli, on the other hand, effortlessly sends us through the roof every time .
2. Tiong Bahru Jian Bo Shui Kueh
Some of us (our parents included) practically grew up eating Jian Bo‘s chwee kueh. The chai poh has the right amount of tart; pair that up with the 56-year-old stall’s special chilli sauce and you’ll discover that the word scrumptious doesn’t do this dish justice.
3. Kovan Chwee Kueh
We quote a Yelp reviewer “it has a bit of bite though it is not too dry or hard like some other places.” So if velvety glutinous rice cake is your cup of tea, you know where to get your Chwee Kueh fix.
Kovan Chwee Kueh
Address: Bendemeer Market & Food Centre, Block 29 Bendemeer Road, #01-64
4. KrisFlyer Gold Lounge
Talk about atas Chwee Kueh. If you’re heading overseas, this might be an opportunity to indulge in some steamed rice cakes.
Granted, KrisFlyer Gold Lounge’s Chwee Kueh is not exactly in the same league as the others’, but we reckon it still has its charm. Besides its fragrance, it’s also relatively less greasy which makes it a healthier alternative.
KrisFlyer Gold Lounge
Address: Changi Airport Terminal 2 & 3
Opening hours: Daily 24 hours
5. Ghim Moh Chwee Kueh
Back in March, we announced that Ghim Moh Market is back for good. Amongst our top picks is the authentic Ghim Moh Chwee Kueh. Even without the accompaniment of the radish and chilli sauce, the glutinous rice cake is, dare we say, as delicious.
Ghim Moh Chwee Kueh
Address: #01-54, Ghim Moh Market and Food Centre, 20 Ghim Moh Road
Opening hours: Daily 6am-6pm
Contact: 9176 6850
6. TANGS Market
We’ll take hawker centres over food courts any day. But that’s not to say that the latter is not worth visiting. The chwee kueh at TANGS Market, for instance, whilst considerably pricier, do exceed our expectations. Chewy yet appealing, this is the kind of food that gives us a little extra comfort in our lives.
Tiong Bahru Chwee Kueh
Address: TANGS Orchard Basement 1, 310 Orchard Road
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10.30am to 9.30pm, Sunday 10.30am to 8.30pm
Do you prefer eating chwee kueh for breakfast or supper? Which stall is your favourite? We know we’re missing a few so share with us your top pick(s) and you’ll win our love!
(Header image by Eat Dream Love, words by writer)