Whether you’re craving something sweet to round off a meal or prefer something savoury for that midday hit, you’ll be able to find a Malay or Indonesian kueh that suits your palette. The usual suspects such as kueh lapis, putu piring and martabak manis aside, there are countless rainbow-coloured snacks ranging from kueh salat, kueh ambon, kueh bingka ubi, and ondeh-ondeh to pick from. Here are 10 places to get these authentic Malay and Indonesian kueh in Singapore.
Established in the 90s, Hjh Maimunah (pronounced as “hajah”) is synonymous with the long lines queueing up for its nasi padang. But did you know that the popular eatery also offers kuehs of various kinds? The types of kuehs available are rotated so you’ll have to check them out and round off your meal with a sweet treat.
Hjh Maimunah has multiple locations in Singapore
Rumah Makan Minang is another restaurant that specialises in nasi padang, specifically Minangkabau cuisine from Indonesia. And likewise, they too are another place to get kuehs at. Check out either of the two branches — at Kandahar Street and Our Tampines Hub — for the latest offerings.
18 & 18A Kandahar Street, 198884 and 1 Tampines Walk, #B1-47A Our Tampines Hub, 528523
Kueh Talam Asli is the first of two kueh hawker stalls in Geylang Serai that we are featuring here. As the name implies, the stall is most known for its many variations of kueh talam, a two-layered dessert made with copious amounts of fragrant pandan, coconut milk and rice flour.
1 Geylang Serai, #02-148 Geylang Serai Market and Food Centre, Singapore 402001
House Of Gandos is the other Geylang Serai hawker stall specialising in Malay kueh. They are especially known for making the namesake gandos, a traditional Indonesian snack made with rice flour and coconut-based batter. Other sweets here include Nagasari Jagung (corn pudding) and Kueh Jongkong (steamed pandan custard).
1 Geylang Serai, #02-157 Geylang Serai Market and Food Centre, Singapore 402001
Right across the road from Geylang Serai Market is the famous Haig Road Putu Piring, which is currently helmed by fifth-generation owner Nooraisha Hashim. Come here for putu piring with flavours such as gula melaka, coconut, chocolate, durian and peanut.
970 Geylang Rd, #01-02 Al-Azhar Coffee Shop, Singapore 423492
If you prefer a more savoury snack, head to Yang’s Epok Epok for some deep-fried curry puffs. These crispy bites are handmade by Madam Yang Hassan and her sister and are available with potato, sardine or vegetable fillings.
1 Bedok Rd, #01-04 Bedok Food Centre Singapore 469572
Founded in 1981, Deli Maslina started as a humble stall in Mukmin Restaurant in Bedok before expanding into two locations in Bedok and Tampines. Deli Maslina retails a wide variety of sweet and savoury kuehs, ranging from Onde-Onde and Bingka Ubi (baked tapioca cake) to Epok-Epok and Pulut Panggang (grilled glutinous rice).
Deli Maslina has multiple locations in Singapore
A stone’s throw from Sultan Mosque is Ratu Lemper. Headed by the Widjayas, Ratu Lemper prides itself on “halal heritage delicacies” such as the Indonesian lemper (glutinous rice with savoury proteins) and a variety of kueh that are handmade the day of. Besides selections such as Kue Bakar (made with eggs, coconut milk and flour) and Bika Ambon (honeycomb cake), come on the weekends for added items like Onde Onde and Lopes (glutinous rice dumpling).
31 Arab St, Singapore 199730.
Fancy some light-as-air kueh bahulu to go with your morning or midday tea or coffee? Get them at Bahulu Warisan at Boon Lay. The brand was founded in 2006 by Madam Zainab using her family recipe and franchise from Malaysia. Besides the plain original flavour, try unique combinations such as Cheese Bahulu and Spicy Ikan Bilis Bahulu.
Blk 221, #01-120 Boon Lay Shopping Centre, 640221
Linawati Sukhamta started Lina Confectionery & Trading in 1989. The bestseller is the Kueh Lapism which is available in three flavours — Original, Prune and Chocolate. But besides that, Lina Confectionery also has an array of kuehs including Kueh Lopis, Kueh Bika Ambon, Onde Onde and more.
124 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-138, Singapore 150124
This article was originally published in Singapore Women’s Weekly.