A traditional Teochew dish translated as “water cake”, chwee kueh is as its name suggests – a steamed cake made of water and milled rice and topped with chye po (preserved radish) and served with chilli sauce. While traditionally made with pork lard, many stalls have now replaced it with healthier alternatives such as vegetable oil. Where are best chwee kueh in Singapore? Here are some of the must-trys!
Bedok Chwee Kueh is the very first chwee kueh stall in Singapore to be listed in the Michelin Bib Gourmand, and they're famous for their melt-in-your-mouth chwee kueh. They have multiple outlets islandwide, and their chye po is chopped finely and makes the perfect foil for their chilli sauce. Toasted sesame seeds add a nice aroma and flavour to the entire dish!
Address: 208 New Upper Changi Road, #01-19 Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre, Singapore 460207
The owner of Ghim Moh Chwee Kueh has been making chwee kueh for over half a century, and every piece of chwee kueh is still made by hand everyday! The chye po is a savoury mix of garlic, fragrant pork lard and preserved radish. It is chunkier and chewier in texture, and leans more towards savoury than sweet.
Address: Blk 20, Ghim Moh Road #01-54, Singapore 270020
Jian Bo Shui Kueh is one of the OG stalls at Tiong Bahru Market. They've been serving up a time-tested recipe since 1958, and their chwee kueh even comes with a Michelin recommendation! Word on the street is that the quality has dipped slightly over the years, but their chye po remains robust and tasty, and pairs perfectly with their dried shrimp chilli.
Address: 30 Seng Poh Rd, #02-05 Tiong Bahru Food Centre, Singapore 168898
Can't get enough of chwee kueh? What's different about Pek Kio Handmade Chwee Kueh is apart from the normal-sized chwee kueh, they also have an XL version! Larger pieces can be harder to achieve that soft jelly-like texture, but they seem to have got it just right. Their chye poh is also pretty light, so some may prefer something heavier-tasting.
Address: 41A Cambridge Road, Pek Kio Market and Food Centre, #01-28, Singapore 211041
Kovan Chwee Kueh draws in a steady stream of customers in the mornings. Their rice cakes are firmer, while their chye po is cooked in vegetable oil instead of pork lard. A nice mix of sweet and savoury, the only downside is that the ratio of rice cake to chye po is not always balanced. It's worth it to pay an extra 20 cents for some extra chye po!
The stall is run by a one-man show and elderly uncle, so do expect a slightly longer waiting time. The chwee kueh is certainly worth the wait though – they are soft and smooth yet not mushy. The chye po is also on the saltier side, and the chilli has a lingering dried shrimp fragrance. Overall, the dish has a flavour and character that's quite different from all the other chwee kueh around.
The chwee kueh here is firmer and pastier than usual, which provides some heft for the savoury chye po. It's fried with dried shrimp to impart a nice umami, and not too sweet or salty. If you find chwee kueh to be too oily, you'll be glad to know that oil is drained here before serving it so it isn't greasy at all. The combination of things makes a pretty solid plate of chwee kueh.
Bedok 85 market is home to many great food, so it's no surprise that they also have one of the best chwee kueh in Singapore! Xin Xi’s menu features a variety of local breakfast items like yam cake and chee cheong fun, but it is best known for its chwee kueh. The chye po is fried till mildly charred, which imparts a nice smoky flavour.
Address: 58 New Upper Changi Road, #01-150 Bedok South 58 Market and Food Centre, Singapore
On a diet but it’s your cheat day? Xiang Xiang Chwee Kueh has some of the lightest and greaseless chwee kueh you can find in Singapore. The chye po is coarsely chopped, slightly crunchy and both sweet and salty. The stall is run by an elderly couple who only make and sell a limited quantity every day, so visit early to avoid disappointment!
Address: 91 Whampoa Drive, #01-05, Singapore 320091