Makansutra Singapore Food Ebook 2023/24

These are moulded and steamed red glutinous rice flour cakes with bean or peanut paste presented on a banana leaf. The Nonya red tortoise shell-shaped cakes are believed to bring longevity and good fortune to those who are eating them. They are specially prepared during important festivals such as Chinese New Year and baby showers.

Ang Ku Kueh (Red Tortoise Cake)

Ji Xiang Confectionery 235 Victoria Street Bugis Street (Map) 7am to 7pm Daily

They are still the ones to beat in our books. The skin is thin enough and the fillings are bold yet use a lot less sugar these days. A newer generation has taken over from the father, Mr Toh, and all the old school hand labour and manual effort behind their kuehs are still intact. Aside from the usual red skinned versions, they offer a colourful range (purple, green, grey and even yellow) that is filled with flavours that appeal to the lcoal palate, like coffee, yam (orh nee), salted mung bean, durian and even sweet corn. The peanut version is dense and has a lovely contrast to the smooth, soft and thin glutinous skin.

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