Hailing from the Chinese province of Fujian and shaped like a UFO, Fu Zhou oyster cake is a fritter made from a rice batter and typically filled with ingredients like minced meat, oysters, prawns, Chinese celery and topped with peanuts before it is deep fried. While the snack remains common in Fujian as well as Taiwan, it is a dying art here in Singapore, with only a handful of businesses still serving it. The next time you’re craving for this savoury snack, we’ve got you covered with these seven spots where you can get your hands on them, including an online option!
A stalwart at Maxwell Food Centre that needs no introduction, Maxwell Fuzhou Oyster Cake has been dishing out fresh oyster cakes since the 1960s. Started by Madam Pang Siew Ting in order to support her five children, the stall is now helmed by one of her daughters. The oyster cakes are fried in small batches to ensure utmost freshness, and each order is handed to you piping hot. The oyster cake is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, a wonderful marriage of moist minced meat, chopped oysters, crunchy peanuts and coriander, all covered in a fried rice batter!
Address: 1 Kadayanallur St, #01-05, Singapore 069184
Opening Hours: 9 am–8 pm Mon to Sat
Located in Bedok 85 Market, Fu Zhou Oyster Cake has been in the business for forty years, selling a variety of fried fritters. The classic oyster cake comes with a generous amount of ingredients and it is deep-fried on the spot, ensuring you get it fresh. And apart from the classic version, you can also choose from a wide variety of ingredients in unique combinations, such as scallop and pork, salmon and pork, and the ultimate seafood special which combines scallops, crab, prawn, oyster and pork!
Address: 85 Bedok North Street 4, #01-39, Singapore 460085
Opening Hours: 8 am–8 pm Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Teochew Traditional Oyster Puffs was started by Sharon Lee from her grandmother’s recipe and is a pasar malam and food events-only business. Their oyster cakes are made fresh to order, with the usual suspects of oysters, minced pork, prawn, Chinese celery and topped with peanuts. The next time you can catch them is from 16-19 March 2023 at the upcoming Food and Beverage Exhibition at Expo. Make sure to stay tuned to their Facebook page for updates on where you can catch them next!
Another business born in a pasar malam, Teochew Meat Puff is a roving stall in Singapore serving up yummy oyster meat puffs. The exterior is thin and crispy, while the inside is loaded with marinated minced meat, celery and a choice of your favourite seafood. That’s right – other than the usual oyster meat puff, you can also get this yummy snack with scallop, prawn, crab, octopus or just vegetables! Stay tuned to their FB page to know where they'll be next!
A former home-based business, Sixth Floor Oyster Cake now has two outlets at Punggol and Yishun. The Original Oyster Cake is their most popular item, and the deep-fried delight contains oysters, minced meat and shrimp covered in a crispy-on-the-outside-gooey-on-the-inside batter, and topped with crunchy peanuts. They also have a Kimchi version that’s a first in Singapore, as well as one that’s with scallop, meat-only, and one without oysters.
Address: Multiple outlets
For an oyster cake that you can prepare yourself at home, order some frozen oyster cakes from Gim’s Heritage, which are made with minced meat, oyster, and prawn fillings. No need to queue at the hawker centres, simply place your order online! You can easily fry them or pop them in the air fryer whenever the craving hits, even if it’s in the middle of the night.
Run by Madam Ong Poh Hwa, who grew up helping her grandmother sell the snack during the 1950s, Fu Zhou Poh Hwa Oyster Cake is one of the few stalls in Singapore still selling oyster cakes. The batter is her grandmother’s recipe, and here you can get the oyster cake in two sizes: the regular studded with peanuts, or the upsize version with double the ingredients and additional whitebait garnish. These crispy-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside snacks are irresistibly moreish and generously packed with ingredients!
Address: 166 Jln Besar, #02-34, Singapore 208877
Opening Hours: 10:30 am–6 pm Wed to Mon. Closed on Tues