Makan House by Ollela: Excellent Bika Ambon and other kuehs!
I spent several months perfecting my Bika Ambon recipe back in 2017. It must be one of the most frustrating kuehs to get right. The key to the kueh lies in the way it is baked. You really can’t do it properly in an ordinary oven, not matter what some blogs say. In the end, […]
What makes Angeline's Soon Kueh so unique is the way she makes them. Instead of rolling out the skin first, molding it into the crescent form and steaming it, she actually steams the skin directly on a stretched piece of cloth and forms the Soon Kueh on the made to order steamer which she designed herself!
First, I need to define what I envision the perfect kueh salat to be. I find a lot of commercial kueh salat to be too heavy. The rice layer is thick and gummy and the kaya layer too firm. What I think a perfect kueh salat to be is to have a sublime kaya layer which is light and silky smooth like a pannacotta and a rice layer where the rice grains are still distinct and not so tightly packed so that when you bite into it, the kaya and rice will easily mix together.
Bethel Confectionery: Shatteringly Crisp Beh Teh Saw
This Beh Teh Saw is really a hidden gem! It was recommended to me by my culinary guru, Irene Yip last year. She insisted that I must try them and sent me home with a pack. A week later she called to ask me what I thought of them. It was only then that I remembered that they are still sitting on the kitchen shelf! So, I hurriedly opened tha pack, took a bite and realise how silly I was to have missed the opportunity to taste them when they were freshly baked!
Tiong Bahru Lien Fa Shui Jing Pau (Teochew Crystal Dumplings) :Last of the Artisans
This unassuming little hawker stall at Alexandra village food centre is probably the last of its kind in Singapore that is still selling Teochew crystal dumplings or what is we Teochews call chwee jia bao. What characterises these dumplings is the chewy, see through skin which is made from tapioca flour. The skin is rather […]
Leslie’s Kuih Bingka (Bika) Ambon Recipe: Everything you need to know
There are many recipes online and I have probably looked through all of them, including the ones in Indonesian. None of them have all the information you need in order to create a kuih that looks like the one in this photo. In this post, I will share with you everything that I have learnt through the numerous attempts at making this enigmatic cake.
Peranakan Khek: Nonya Kueh for the Next Generation
It is good to know that there is a new generation of Singaporeans who are passionate about traditional cuisine and striving to bring it to the next level. Leading the charge is Chef Malcolm Lee who won a Michelin Star for Candlenut restaurant last year. But winning the Michelin Star was more than just a personal achievement, it also brought international recognition for peranakan cuisine.
The first thing that strikes you about the lapis is how many layers there are. Then as you peel the layers, just how stretchy they are. Then when you eat them, how chewy and yummy they are. The guys were having fun peeling off each layer, then twirling each layer around the finger before popping the whole finger into the mouth!
I really hate to be a naysayer, I really do. But just as I said that it is "The End of Char Kway Teow", traditional kuehs like png kueh and soon kueh are also facing an uncertain future. Consider the following questions:
I am beginning to realize that there are, what I call, mid-life hawkers who are playing a significant role in keeping our hawker traditions alive. Mid-life hawkers are people like Nick Soon, who turn to selling food after spending many years in their first career.
I never expected to see putu bambu in Singapore. It is a dish that is commonly found along the streets of Indonesia. But I happened to chance upon it while walking in Chinatown one day. I must admit that I have never paid much attention to the street side stalls in Chinatown as I had assumed that most of them are catering to the tourists. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find a very personable couple busily making the steaming hot snacks. I was even more surprised to find out that they had been doing this for 20 years and was still very much under the radar -- or at least the ieat radar.