Top 10 Best Chwee Kueh in Singapore
Chwee kueh 水粿or literally known as ‘water rice cake’ is a type of steamed rice cake with preserved radish. Chwee kueh is a popular breakfast item in Singapore and Johor. It is a part of Teochew cuisine, eaten in China, Singapore, Johor, Malaysia and certain places in Southeast Asia. Tropika Club will take you through aggregated rankings or “ranking of rankings” compared from the following sources to further ascertain the final rankings. This is further refined using the TripAdvisor rankings to decide between the position in case there is a tie. Read on to find out where are the Top 10 Best Chwee Kueh in Singapore.
1. Ghim Moh Chwee Kueh
Introduction: This Chwee Kueh stall at Ghim Moh Food Centre serves one of the best Chwee Kuehs in Singapore and it is absolutely delicious.
Offerings: What sets them apart from most is that their uniquely prepared radish or cai po is more savoury than sweet, to the extent that it tends to feel too salty.
Location: Blk, 20 Ghim Moh Rd, #01-54, 270020
Contact: +65 9176 6850
2. Jian Bo Shui Kueh
Introduction: Jian Bo Tiong Bahru Shui Kueh was founded by Mr Wang in 1958. Arriving in Singapore from a Teochew province in China, Mr Wang earned his keep by selling shui kueh with his trusty pushcart at Tiong Bahru Market. In the mid 1990s, husband and wife team Mr Ang Kien Huat and Mdm Toh Lai Hueh were invited to help out with the business. Following in the footsteps of Mr Wang’s laudable work ethic, Mr Ang unfailingly wakes up at 6am daily to cook and prepare the chilli and chye poh while Mdm Toh ensures that all the operations run smoothly. This is their promise to consumers that their shui kuehs will always be served fresh.
Having developed a love for shui kueh since young, it was only natural for Eric Ang to join his parents soon after he completed his national service. Eager to contribute, he broadened the brand’s product offering by introducing a whole range of complementary local delights. Today, just as Mr Wang had entrusted his shui kueh business to the next generation, Jian Bo Tiong Bahru Shui Kueh hopes to become an enduring food brand whose name and flavours can be handed down from one generation to the next.
Offerings: Riding on to the shift towards healthier lifestyle and food options, Jian Bo Tiong Bahru Shui Kueh has kept our faith of serving our signature shui kueh dish using the exact original recipe while only making a switch from the use of pork lard to healthier alternative with 100% vegetable oil. Using only the finest ingredients handpicked and checked for quality, our steamed rice cakes, chye poh (preserved radish) and chilli are freshly prepared in our central kitchen every morning, leaving them to chill in the afternoon before they are delivered to all our outlets across the island each night.
Location: 30 Seng Poh Rd, #02-05 Market, Singapore 168898
Contact: +65 6753 1626
3. Bedok Chwee Kueh
Introduction: A Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient, Bedok Chwee Kueh is recognised by their relatively larger-sized chwee kueh. This gives a wider surface areas for the delicious savoury chai po toppings.
Offerings: The steamed rice cakes were smooth and soft to the taste, the fragrant chai po and chilli combined to give a delightful yummy taste. As compared to Jian Bo Shui Kueh, Bedok Chwee Kueh is less oily, less expensive and yet on par.
Location: 208 New Upper Changi Road, Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre, 01-19, Singapore 462207
Contact: +65 9625 6692
4. Tangs Orchard
Introduction: If you’re craving a plate of Chwee Kueh while shopping along Orchard Road, head down to TANGS Market located in the basement level. While there’s not sitting capacity, there are some standing tables for you to grab a quick bite.
Offerings: 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.
Location: 310 Orchard Rd, basement 1 Tangs Plaza, Singapore 238864
Contact: +65 6370 1155
5. Xin Xi Chwee Kueh
Introduction: Xin Xi’s menu features a variety of local breakfast options such as Yam Cake and Chee Cheong Fun (腸粉, rice noodle roll), but they’re mostly known for their take on the classic Chwee Kueh. The store serves hot, smooth, and firm water rice cakes topped with crunchy Chye Poh. The texture is a pleasant surprise, making you reach for more than just one!
Offerings: While they are well-known for their chwee kueh, do try their delicious yam cake too which gathers a loyal following.
Location: 117 Aljunied Ave 2, Singapore 380117
6. Siang Siang Chwee Kueh
Introduction: If you’re looking for non-oily chwee kueh, this version was as greaseless as can be. Made in small quantities by an elderly couple, Siang Siang’s chwee kueh was both traditional and homely.
Offerings: Fried with minimal oil, the chye poh was placed in a colander to drain out excess oil. The result was the lightest chwee kueh ever. Coarsely chopped, the slightly crunchy chai poh was intensely sweet and salty. It went very well with the kueh, which were superbly dense but very soft.
Location: 85 Bedok North Street 4, Singapore 460085
Contact: +65 9767 1020
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