When it comes to traditional Teochew kuehs, we are instantly reminded of classic local treats such as the beloved Ang Ku Kueh and Png Kueh. Full of heritage, culture and savoury goodness, these snacks are reminiscent of our grandparents’ past. However, when it comes to finding the best stall in Singapore with one of the best Teochew kuehs, Tiong Bahru Teochew Kueh is the next place to pop by!
Simply mention “Tiong Bahru Teochew Kueh”, and the generations before you are bound to recognise this iconic household name. Nestled among other prominent hawker stalls in Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre, family business Tiong Bahru Teochew Kueh has been churning out traditional kuehs since 1974.
Hailing from Nanyang, China, current owner Mr Law decided to take over the 45-year-old stall from his sister as he wanted to share his heritage and traditional delicacies with the local crowd. Currently boasting 30-flavoured kuehs, Mr Law is working towards introducing three new flavours each year. He has also been integrating wholegrain rice in his products since 2018 in an effort to encourage his customers to eat healthy.
This humble stall also aims to appeal to the younger masses; Mr Law’s goal is to develop new, scrumptious kuehs for the younger adults and is a firm believer that one day, he is able to share a piece of his tradition and cultural knowledge with them.
Check out what we thought about their kuehs!
Some of their signatures include the Black Bean Kueh, Png Kueh and Glutinous Rice. Among the rest of their homemade kuehs, these three kuehs consist of Temasek Grain, a special breed of fragrant brown rice that only Tiong Bahru Teochew Kueh uses.
Featuring his speciality Glutinous Rice (S$2) — this sticky rice dish is not made from the usual glutinous rice. Instead, natural stickiness from the Temasek Grain Brown Rice is their perfect substitution for the savoury treat! It is also fragrant on its own, perfuming the Glutinous Rice and giving it a slightly sweet taste.
Topped with hae bee (spicy dried shrimps), pepper and seasoning, the Glutinous Rice was smooth and chewy in texture. The peanuts also added an extra crunch to the soft bed of rice, giving us a nice textural contrast.
One of their best sellers is none other than their Black Bean Kueh (S$1.20). This crowd-favourite kueh is a hit with their elderly customers and consists of a myriad of 19 different grains. Think rainbow grains such as white, purple and yellow soy beans!
Containing a variety of soft stewed black beans and peanuts, the kueh is perfectly compressed with a copious amount of layered crunchy and soft fillings. It was also skinless and allowed us to truly taste the delicate contrasting textures and sizes of the different ingredients.
This is the kueh to go for if you are someone who prefers something that is both light yet savoury on the palate.
Last but not least, we tried their Png Kueh (S$1.20). One of Singapore’s iconic kueh staples, locals will definitely be familiar with this snack. It was well-seasoned and extremely toothsome; the Png Kueh also had a thin layer of gummy skin that broke apart easily, bursting full of fluffy rice and chunky peanuts.
This was certainly our favourite among the rest of their kuehs; it was the perfect balance of savoury and sweet without being overwhelmingly salty. It was not greasy either. We could also taste the varying flavours from the shallots and mushrooms in the kueh as well!
They will also be introducing their latest addition: Zhu Jiao Quan, a fried mini-sized kueh that resembles pork trotters. This is a traditional kueh that has gradually disappeared throughout the years, but Tiong Bahru Teochew Kueh has decided to bring this well-loved treat back!
So, hesitate no longer — drop by Tiong Bahru Teochew Kueh and get a taste of your grandparents’ childhood delicacies!
Tiong Bahru Teochew Kueh
30 Seng Poh Road
#02-02 Tiong Bahru Market & Food Centre
Tel: +65 9150 9076
Daily: 7:30 – 2pm
Nearest Station: Tiong Bahru