The newest snack here that hails from China is guo kui and Shanghai brand Xiao Yang Guo Kui is the first to bring it over to Singapore’s shores. This popular street snack in China that originated in Hubei is not your average Chinese biscuit. It has 1000 years of history behind it and you can watch yours being made. Since it’s baked-to-order, it always comes piping hot and you absolutely have to have it right away.
Guo kui is a crispy thin flatbread that is baked in a primitive method with a huge charcoal-heated cylindrical clay oven. For a snappy history lesson, guo kui has been around since the Three Kingdoms after a labourer put flour in his headpiece, which translates to kui, like a pot, which is guo, to cook it over fire. Over the years, it became a staple army provision and now, it’s evolved to a popular local street snack that includes different ingredients.
Knobs of dough are kneaded, flattened, and used to wrap fillings. Then they are rolled flat and liberally sprinkled with sesame seeds before being baked in the oven for a short two to three minutes. The queue at Xiao Yang Guo Kui can grow pretty long but each oven can quickly bake up to six guo kui at a time so, don’t fret, you can still grab a light breakfast from them without being late for school or work — especially since they start doling out these flatbreads as early as half past six in the morning.
Xiao Yang Guo Kui sells guo kui in six flavours. There’s the dessert-flavoured Shangdong (S$2.20) which has red bean paste filling, and savoury options which are Chongqing (S$2.50), Jiangsu (S$2.50), Xi An (S$2.80), Sichuan ($2.80), and Shanghai (S$3).
One of our favourites was Shanghai which combines the different pickled veggies in Xi An, Jiangsu, and Chongqing. Sichuan fares even better if you enjoy some spice. No oil is used at all in the baking process so it’s hardly greasy save from the little amounts of meat used in their guo kui. That’s probably why the guo kui quickly grows addictive. Besides that, their Iced Chamomile Tea (S$1.80) which tastes a lot like chrysanthemum tea is one of their signature drinks.
Xiao Yang Guo Kui
60 Jurong Gateway Road, #01-10C
Jurong East Interchange
Daily: 6:30am – 9:30pm
Nearest Station: Jurong East
This was a hosted media session by Xiao Yang Guo Kui.