We love food in Singapore and that applies to light bites too. And the best local snacks include the various types of kueh, which come in all shapes, sizes, colours and flavours. Kueh Appreciation Day 2016 pays tribute to the traditional kueh that can be found in Singapore by artisans spanning different ethnic groups including Peranakan, Hakka, Eurasian and Teochew. The event is organised by Slow Food (Singapore) and held in conjunction with Singapore Food Festival and is a follow-up to last year’s successful event.

Apart from getting a taste of the various kueh, you can also sign up for four Kueh Demonstration Classes with kueh heritage makers, priced at $20 per person, per class.

Kueh Appreciation Day takes place on Sunday, July 24, from 10am to 6pm, at ToTT Store, 896 Dunearn Rd. Entry is free to the event and the market to purchase kueh from the featured artisans and lifestyle merchandise such as kueh-themed tote bags (how cute does this sound!).

Here are five types of kueh that we can’t wait to check out at the event.


Sweets Kueh Appreciation Day 2016 cakes dessert singapore SUGEE CAKE

This Eurasian delight is best described as a butter cake, but made with semolina flour. It has a rich taste, thank to the quantity of butter and eggs, and, even though it’s hard to stick to just one piece, it’s enough to give you a sense of satisfaction, although you’ll definitely be back for more. Check it out this Sunday, along with other Eurasian kueh such as coconut candies, tepong manis, pulot tekan and pang susie, courtesy of Mary Gomes, of Mary’s Kafe, and author of The Eurasian Cookbook.


Sweets Kueh Appreciation Day 2016 cakes dessert singapore ANG KU KUEH

Directly translated to mean ‘red tortoise cake’, this Hokkien favourite is made of soft and sticky glutinous rice flour skin wrapped around a sweet filling. Its small oval shape makes it a bite-sized treat that’s even more attractive because of its bright colour. Ji Xiang Confectionery at Everton Park has been crafting ultra tender handmade versions since 1988 and you can sample a range of them at this event, with fillings including traditional ones such as peanuts and sweet bean paste, and more modern renditions including durian, yam and sweet corn.


Sweets Kueh Appreciation Day 2016 cakes dessert singapore ONDEH ONDEH

Nonya kueh is very popular in Singapore and it’s easy to understand why as there’s a huge range of them and it’s hard to find anything wrong with how they taste. Ondeh ondeh is a delightful snack that coconut lovers would especially enjoy. Just one bite of these sweet little balls is enough to make the yummy gula melaka flow out, and it’s guaranteed to hit the (sweet) spot. HarriAnns will be showcasing some delectable kueh at this event, such as ondeh ondeh, kueh kosui and lapis sagu. Operated by husband and wife Harry and Ann for 20 years, HarriAnns makes all their Nonya kueh by hand.


Sweets Kueh Appreciation Day 2016 cakes dessert singapore YAM CAKE

Thai yams are used in the Old Seng Choong version, which are made with a recipe handed down from pastry chef Daniel Tay’s mother, so you can be assured of its traditional flavour. This lovely cake features big chunks of deep-fried tubers embedded in a dense, firm body of rice flour, along with steamed peanuts, dried shrimp, fried shallots and slivers of dried shiitake mushrooms. Get a taste of it at this event.


Sweets Kueh Appreciation Day 2016 cakes dessert singapore YI BUAH

Chicken rice isn’t the only delicious Hainanese food we have in Singapore, there are a range of Hainanese snacks too. And one of them is yi buah, a kueh made from glutinous rice flour, shredded coconut, sesame and peanuts. While it’s usually only eaten on special occasions, you’ll find it at this event, courtesy of Hainan Xiao Chi, a stall that has been selling traditional Hainanese snacks for more than 30 years.

For more information about Kueh Appreciation Day 2016, log on to www.slowfood.sg/kueh-appreciation-day-2016. For more great food in Singapore to try now, read our stories It’s out! Find out which Singapore restaurants now have a Michelin star; 7 weird but delicious Korean supermarket snacks to buy in Singapore! and You must try the wasabi salted egg yolk and assam crab from this all-you-can-eat crab buffet!