I love ang ku kueh. To me, these traditional glutinous Nyonya cakes are like the Singaporean version of Japanese mochi, with their addictive chewy, QQ textures and packed fillings.
Ang ku kueh, which originated from China, translates to “red tortoise cake” from Hokkien, and is a symbol of prosperity. Despite famously donning a red appearance and classic fillings like peanut and mung bean, many local businesses have taken the liberty to add creative twists to this traditional snack— today, you can even obtain these treats in flavours like durian, pistachio and even cookie butter!
Here are 11 places to get the best ang ku kueh in Singapore.
Ji Xiang Confectionery is arguably one of the most well-known and revered ang ku kueh shops in Singapore. The business was first founded in 1985 and started out as a home-based business. Today, you’ll find the humble confectionery in Everton Park, where it continues to serve its loyal customers.
Ji Xiang Confectionery offers 9 flavours, ranging from common ones like Peanut, Yam and Coconut to more obscure flavours such as Corn, Black Sesame and even Cempedak. Each kueh is affordably priced between S$1.10 to S$2, depending on its flavour.
Each ang ku kueh is stuffed generously with fillings, while the vibrant, multi-coloured skin on the exterior is bouncy and chewy. It’s no wonder why Ji Xiang Confectionery has been, and still is, highly regarded in the country.
1 Everton Park, #01-33, Singapore 081001
+65 6223 1631
Mon to Sat: 8am – 5pm
Closed on Sun
The Ang Ku Kueh Hut takes the cake (or, uh, kueh) when it comes to delivering extremely creative ang ku kueh products and flavours. This business takes the traditional kueh and puts modern twists on it, experimenting with a variety of flavours that you’d normally never find in these Nyonya creations.
In the past, The Ang Ku Kueh Hut has launched seasonal flavours including Roasted Chestnut, Blue Pea MSW Durian and even Cookie Butter. Their Pistachio and Hazelnut flavours are permanent fixtures on their menu that you must try— I tried their pistachio flavour back when it was first launched, and I was absolutely obsessed with how nutty and fragrant it was.
Prices for a box of 10 kuehs range from S$13 to S$22, depending on the flavour you pick.
If you thought that The Ang Ku Kueh Hut couldn’t get more creative than that, you would be wrong, for the business even launched its unique Kueffles, in which ang ku kuehs are cooked in a waffle griddle and served with ice cream and sauces. Where else can you find a creation like this in Singapore?
Located in Bukit Merah, Poh Cheu Soon Kueh and Ang Ku Kueh is a 3-generational kueh speciality shop. Aside from selling ang ku kueh, they also have an assortment of soon kueh and other glutinous rice products that are made by hand.
The business was founded almost 40 years ago by Mr Neo Poh Cheu and his wife. The stall used to be operated illegally out of a pushcart, where more often than not, Mr Neo would be caught by the police and would have his whole pushcart confiscated.
Today, you can find their (legal) physical store in a Bukit Merah coffeeshop, where it often garners long queues from loyal fans waiting to get a taste of these famous kuehs. The family-run business is most well-known for its unique flavours that transcend the usual traditional fillings.
With 13 different flavours available, Poh Cheu Soon Kueh & Ang Ku Kueh is basically a kueh lover’s heaven. While you can expect to find the usual flavours of Peanut, Salted Bean and Green Bean, the stall innovates with fillings that are largely unheard of— Mango, Corn and Durian are just a few of their inventive flavours.
Each ang ku kueh costs S$1.40, and compared to those from other stalls, which tend to have a more oval shape, Poh Cheu’s version is much rounder and thicker. Each kueh is expertly made with chewy, glutinous skins and generously-packed fillings and flavours that you can’t find anywhere else.
Set up in 1985, 146 Famous Bukit Merah Ang Ku Kueh has been in business for well over 30 years.
Initially, they started off selling only peanut and mung bean ang ku kueh, but as the years went on, they eventually diversified to introduce exciting, unique new flavours to their growing roster.
Today, 146 Famous Bukit Merah Ang Ku Kueh offers a whopping 11 different flavours, each priced at S$1.30: Peanut, Bean, Salted Bean, Coconut, Durian, Yam, Sweet Potato, Sweet Corn, Coffee, Red Bean and Green Tea.
Unlike the majority of ang ku kueh that adorn a singular bright red hue, 146 Famous Bukit Merah Ang Ku Kueh‘s variety of flavours come in a stunning, vibrant array of colours like pink, yellow, green and even bright turquoise.
I tried 4 flavours, and my favourite was definitely the Yam one, which had a slight milky undertones and a lovely innate sweetness and earthiness. The Sweet Potato version was similarly earthy— I loved how 146 Famous Bukit Merah Ang Ku Kueh did not use artificial fillings in their kuehs. Be assured that you’ll get to enjoy the real deal.
5. Kueh Ho Jiak
Kueh Ho Jiak‘s kueh offerings stand out from the crowd due to their unique designs, colours and ingredients. Don’t expect to find the typical tortoise shell-shaped ang ku kuehs here, for Kueh Ho Jiak’s take on this traditional dish comes in a variety of pretty shapes, including flowers, fish and pineapples!
Run by a mother-daughter duo, you’ll find the UNESCO-recognised Kueh Ho Jiak within Chinatown Complex Hawker Centre and Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market.
Dig into signature ang ku kueh flavours like Peanut, Mung Bean, Red Bean and Coconut (Gula Melaka), with each piece costing S$1.50. If you’d like something a little more exciting, how about trying Kueh Ho Jiak’s Mashed Yam (Orh Ni), D24 Durian or Sweet Potatoes flavours? These premium flavours cost S$2 per piece, and are all presented in beautiful shapes and colours.
6. Ji Xiang Ang Ku Kueh
You may be scratching your head at this entry, wondering to yourself: Wait a minute, wasn’t Ji Xiang Ang Ku Kueh already featured in an entry above? Hence, I’d like to take the time to clarify a big misconception that many people have about the brands— Ji Xiang Confectionery and Ji Xiang Ang Ku Kueh are 2 separate businesses that operate independent of each other.
Ji Xiang Confectionery is the O.G. shop with only 1 outlet in Everton Park, while Ji Xiang Ang Ku Kueh was set up as a joint business venture by the second son of Ji Xiang Confectionery’s owners and his friend, and has outlets and pop-ups all over the country. Despite having similar names, both businesses are separate entities.
Name confusion aside, Ji Xiang Ang Ku Kueh is recognised for its super unique innovations, with its iconic Rainbow (S$3.50) versions being its most famous creation. The business also garnered attention when it launched its limited edition Minion ang ku kuehs back in 2022. How creative!
If you aren’t a fan of these modern twists to the traditional dish, Ji Xiang Ang Ku Kueh also offers conventional kuehs in the flavours of Peanut, Yam, Sweet Bean, Salted Bean, Corn and Coconut for S$1.60 each— the kuehs are chewy and stretchy with a nice amount of fillings packed within.
If you’d like to embrace the quirky nature of Ji Xiang Ang Ku Kueh’s innovations, go all out with their Rainbow Ang Ku Kueh Set (S$19), consisting of 8 pieces of kueh in all colours of the rainbow. You can even opt to add gold flakes on to your kueh for S$8!
7. Lek Lim Nonya Cake Confectionery
Lek Lim Nonya Cake Confectionery is a store rich in history. The kueh shop was first established all the way back in 1968, where it operated out of a home kitchen. In 1972, they moved into their physical outlet in Bedok North, where they have been to this day.
Compared to other ang ku kuehs, Lek Lim Nonya Cake Confectionery’s version is taller in height, allowing for more fillings to be packed into their chewy glutinous shells.
These kuehs are some of the cheapest in the country, coming in at S$0.95 each. Get their generously-stuffed kuehs in classic flavours like Bean Paste, Peanut and Coconut, or opt for the Yam variety, which costs S$1.25 per piece.
8. Ah Mah’s Legacy
If you’re tired of the usual peanut, mung bean and coconut ang ku kuehs, Ah Mah’s Legacy has got you covered. This online business specialises in modern takes on the traditional dish, with tantalising flavours that will be sure to capture your attention and delight your tastebuds.
Ah Mah’s Legacy’s inventive flavours include Yuzu Mung Bean (S$12 for 4 pieces), Toasted Pistachio Tahini (S$16 for 4 pieces), Roasted Chestnut (S$14 for 4 pieces) and Teochew Orh Nee (S$12.50 for 4 pieces). They even have a special Black Pearl (S$15 for 4 pieces) flavour, made with black glutinous rice and coconut cream.
As Ah Mah’s Legacy’s ang ku kuehs are subject to availability, be sure to check their website first to place your orders for collection.
9. HarriAnns Nonya Table
HarriAnns Nonya Table is no stranger to most Singaporeans. This homegrown family business has humble origins dating back to the 1940s, with 5 outlets islandwide. I often pass their Suntec City outlet, which usually has long queues for its famous kuehs.
HarriAnn Nonya Table offers 2 types of ang ku kueh— Peanut and Mung Bean. Each kueh is handmade and comes in at S$1.60.
You can find their popular kuehs at their flagship store in Tiong Bahru Food Centre, or at their bustling Suntec City branch. Other convenient locations include Bugis Junction Towers, Ocean Financial Centre and Keppel Bay Tower, perfect for CBD workers looking for a quick snack.
10. Borobudur Snacks Shop
The old-school Borobudur Snacks Shop is a popular haunt for kueh enthusiasts in the East. The store, located under a HDB in Bedok North, was founded in the 1980s by an Indonesian-born Singaporean. In 2022, the elderly owners retired and sold their store to a couple, who have since taken on the duty of continuing the store’s legacy.
Even if you don’t live in the East, it’s still possible for you to conveniently get a box of Borobudur Snacks Shop’s kuehs— the business frequently has pop-ups all over the country, priced at S$2 per box.
Borobudur Snacks Shop’s ang ku kuehs have a distinct, almost diamond-shaped appearance, and are taller than those from other stores. The Peanut one was stuffed to the brim with a sweet, slightly sticky peanut mixture, and the skin was thick and chewy. For those who prefer kuehs with a bit more bite, Borobudur Snacks Shop’s version may suit your tastes.
537 Bedok North Street 3, #01-523, Singapore 460537
+65 6442 7637
Daily: 7am – 6pm
11. Ang Mo Kio Nonya Kueh
Since 1984, AMK Nonya Kueh has been serving its traditional Chinese and Malay snacks. Though today, you can find all sorts of Nyonya kuehs at their store, including kueh lapis, kueh salat, ondeh ondeh, ubi kayu and soon kueh, they initially started out with just one item— you guessed it, ang ku kueh.
AMK Nonya Kueh offers 5 flavours of ang ku kueh, namely being Bean, Peanut, Black Sesame Salted Bean, Pandan Sweet Bean and Durian. Prices start from as little as S$0.70 per piece, with their Durian flavour being the priciest at S$1.20.
Block 7, Hougang Ave 3, #01-62, Singapore 530007
+65 6455 4839
Tue to Sun: 8.30am – 6.30pm
Closed on Mon
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