Jian Bo Shui Kweh: Everyone line up please! Tiong Bahru Market Part 1 of 6

This is the first of a six part series on the newly refurbished Tiong Bahru Market. Somehow the name Tiong Bahru is synonymous with yummy hawker fare. Last time, everybody wants to tag Tiong Bahru in front of their stall name when they moved out of Tiong Bahru (eg Tiong Bahru Pao). Now everybody in this Food Centre wants to tag Tiong Bahru in front of their stall names to show people that they have moved back to the new Tiong Bahru Food Centre. (It’s come full circle) The other thing you notice is that nobody bothers to tag other old food centres like “Bugis” or “Whampoa” in front of their names. It’s like Bugis cannot fight with the power of Tiong Bahru. Know what I mean? Indeed the old Tiong Bahru Market was famous for all the great eats and this Chwee Kueh was one of them. Chwee Kueh is a very simple dish. Get some rice flour, mix with water and steam it. Then eat it with fried Chye Poh and chilli. So what’s the big deal and how come this stall has been selling just Chwee Kueh and nothing else for the last 50 years? I really like the texture of this Chwee Kueh. It is soft to the bite and you can basically eat it after you remove both upper and lower dentures. (No I don’t wear dentures) The texture sets it apart from all the other Chwee Kuehs I have eaten. I found out why. They still mill their own rice to make the flour that makes the Chwee Kueh! The second thing is that tasty fried chye poh. If you look closely, you will also notice the generous use of sesame seeds. Very pang (savoury) indeed! Conclusion One of the few original stalls from the old Tiong Bahru Market. If you like Chwee Kueh, you need to try this. 4/5

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Tiong Bahru Market #02-05

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