Before all the fad foods we have today, there were good old traditional pastries like Ang Ku Kueh.
A traditionally red pastry with a sticky, chewy skin wrapped over a sweet filling, this kueh was a regular feature on the dining table when many of us were children.
Kueh Ho Jiak, which literally translates into ‘kueh nice to eat‘ hopes to bring the humble kueh to the new ‘gram loving, health conscious generation by changing up its taste and appearance.
Located in the CBD at Tanjong Pagar Plaza Food Centre, every one of the kuehs here are handmade with love.
Think multi-toned kuehs in purple, brown, yellow, and black hues. These kuehs come in different shapes, including bear, Hello Kitty, flower, heart, and circle. This facelift feels fresh, while still pointing to its traditional roots with the banana leaf at the base of each kueh!
A Fresh Spin On Kueh
While traditional Ang Ku Kueh skins were made of glutinous rice flour, the skins of Kueh Ho Jiak’s Ang Ku Kuehs are made from 5 different varieties of sweet potatoes: Japanese sweet potatoes, Purple sweet potatoes, Jewel sweet potatoes, Hannah sweet potatoes, and Garnet sweet potatoes.
The different coloured sweet potatoes is also what gives these kuehs their unique hues – no artificial colours are used in the making of these little snacks!
Appearance aside, what lays within the skin is even more intriguing! Some of the more unusual flavours include durian ($1.60) and hae bee hiam (spicy dried shrimp) ($1.60). Others flavours you’ll find are mung bean ($1.20), red bean ($1.20), peanut ($1.20), coconut ($1.20) and yam ($1.60).
While hae bee hiam might sound weird at first, try it before you make a judgment! Spicy without being overly salty, this is a must try for those of you who love your savoury foods.
Generally, the kuehs here are less sweet than those we’re used to eating. That threw us off at first, but the more we ate it, the more we liked it! The skin is also softer than other kuehs we’ve tried, which we love as well!
The crowd favourites here are the durian flavour, so make sure to give that a try if they’re available when you drop by!
Made With Love
Everything at Kueh Ho Jiak is handmade with love.
In the evening, the people at Kueh Ho Jiak start making the kuehs. At around 1am, they start to steam them, and at 6am, the kuehs are delivered to the coffee shop to be sold. Some of the kuehs are brought to the store uncooked, and are steamed fresh at the store once the previous batch is sold out.
Aside from their Ang Ku Kuehs, some of the other things you must try while you’re here are the Bomb Puffs ($1.50) and the Ubi Kayu (cassava) ($2.20).
The Bomb Puff was the bomb. A curry puff with a crisp, fluffy pastry, the filling within is chunky and very flavourful. Eating it, you can tell they’ve put a lot of effort into every element of the puff.
The Ubi Kayu was delicious as well. Coming with a fancy pair of toothpicks, these cassava balls are fragrant and are so soft, they melt in your mouth!
A New Lease Of Life
Kueh Ho Jiak is all about inventing new recipes and giving traditional kuehs a new lease of life by modernising its flavours. A novel idea, these photogenic kuehs are sure to capture your heart and tastebuds!
Made with no preservatives, no pork, and no lard, you can even request for vegan versions to be made! Every kueh is made using healthy, fresh ingredients so you can be sure you’re putting only good stuff into your body.
Looking to get your hands on these goodies? Place an order with Elizabeth at 90284359! The kuehs here tend to sell out pretty quickly. While they say they’re open until 2pm, most days, they close at 12pm because they’ve run out of kuehs to sell!
Affordable, delicious, and so photogenic, you won’t regret trying these little treats!
Kueh Ho Jiak
Address: 6 Tanjong Pagar Road, #02-20 Tanjong Pagar Plaza Food Centre, Singapore 081006
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 7am – 2pm; Closed on Sun