Conventional hand-made kuehs by siblings at hidden hawker centre

Singapore may be a small purple dot on the globe, however there are nonetheless many locations that I’ve but to find on our island. One such place is Kukoh 21 Meals Centre (also referred to as Jalan Kukoh Meals Centre) which homes Jalan Kukoh Teochew Kueh— they specialize in conventional hand-made Teochew kuehs.

jalan kukoh teochew kueh - jalan kukoh

I had made a cellphone name the day earlier than to pre-order the kuehs that I needed. 6pm was the one time slot given to me as all the different slots have been taken. Do word that it’s a should to name +65 9838 0235 to order the number of kuehs you want, in any other case you’ll most likely be dissatisfied— don’t say I didn’t warn you!

jalan kukoh teochew kueh - hawker centre

“Wow! There’s truly a hawker centre at this god-forsaken place?” I assumed to myself as I arrived. Jalan Kukoh is a spot that seems like time has come to a standstill and also you’ve stepped right into a world of your individual.

jalan kukoh teochew kueh - stall front

Jalan Kukoh Teochew Kueh occupies two stalls, with one in all them performing because the manufacturing kitchen whereas the opposite was the gathering level.

jalan kukoh teochew kueh - making kueh

jalan kukoh teochew kueh - teochew kuehs

The enterprise is run by the Loh siblings who helped their mom when she was peddling her pushcart stall whereas they have been nonetheless younger. This century-old enterprise originated from Johor Bahru the place their grandmother first began promoting kuehs on the market.

I had the possibility of catching Mr Loh in motion, expertly kneading the pinkish dough for the Teochew kueh, and inserting the fillings along with his skillful arms.

What I attempted at Jalan Kukoh Teochew Kueh

I approached Madam Loh and proceeded to provide her my cellphone quantity— I wasn’t asking her out on a romantic date, I used to be merely accumulating my kuehs. She took out a styrofoam field with my goodies properly stacked up like untouched Jenga blocks.

jalan kukoh teochew kueh - box of kueh

She supplied me a plate and plastic sheets to select up the kueh upon discovering out that I needed to eat them there (she most likely knew I used to be a meals author with a digicam on my neck).

jalan kukoh teochew kueh - koo chai kueh

The primary on my checklist was the Koo Chai Kueh (S$1.40 every). It was brushed with a layer of oil, which made the off-white floor shine like mini diamond gems. As my tooth sank into it, the sleek pores and skin was pillowy with the proper thickness.

jalan kukoh teochew kueh - koo chai closeup

The delicate onion-y notes of the chives hidden inside hit me like a malnourished boxer, which didn’t overpower your complete style of the kueh. The Loh siblings actually don’t scrimp on their fillings— the chives have been stuffed to the purpose the place they may burst out at any time.

jalan kukoh teochew kueh - koo chai kueh filling

jalan kukoh teochew kueh - koo chai kueh dried shrimp

Maintain on, there was one thing else hiding inside that thick inexperienced forest filling. What on earth tasted so good?

Discovered it! There have been little golden dried shrimps that have been both baked or deep fried contained in the Koo Chai Kueh filling, providing you with little flavour-enhancing explosions of smokiness and umami-ness.

jalan kukoh teochew kueh - pouring of sauce

I drizzled black candy sauce and sambal chilli that I obtained from Madam Loh, which modified the entire consuming expertise altogether. The sweetness coming from the black sauce complemented the spicy sambal seamlessly— an ideal stability of flavours.

jalan kukoh teochew kueh - signature kuehs

I moved on to the following two dishes, the Ang Tho Kueh (S$1.50) and Tau Sar Kueh (S$1.50). Comparable in form and measurement, each kuehs might be differentiated by their color.

jalan kukoh teochew kueh - ang tho kueh

The Ang Tho Kueh was imbued in a fairly pastel pink. The filling had black mushrooms, peanuts, chives, tiny dried shrimps and glutinous rice. Much like the Koo Chai Kueh earlier, the pores and skin was comfortable and the filling was beneficiant.

The peanuts gave it a satisfying nutty chew, which enhanced the style of the glutinous rice. The rice could possibly be a tasty principal meal by itself— it was so good that I might eat 10 of them (a pity I had solely ordered one).

jalan kukoh teochew kueh - tau sar kueh

jalan kukoh teochew kueh - tau sar inside

The Tau Sar Kueh was subsequent. The black tone of the pores and skin was made with black sesame. I proceeded to take a chew and solely detected the sesame style after I closed my eyes and centered.

It wasn’t sturdy sufficient in comparison with the tau sar filling which was extra dominant in flavour. The sweetness of the tau sar wasn’t overpowering, making it appropriate for outdated of us to devour.

jalan kukoh teochew kueh - soon kueh

I took a break from the candy and moved again to the savoury facet, it was time to style the Quickly Kueh (S$1.40). I used to be preserving my expectations excessive for this one as I often have it for breakfast from time to time.

It was full of the everyday filling; braised turnips, mushrooms, chives and dried shrimp. The thick tasty filling coupled with the silky comfortable pores and skin actually didn’t disappoint me in any respect. The truth is, it tasted like a reduce above the remaining in comparison with different quickly kuehs which I’ve eaten earlier than.

jalan kukoh teochew kueh - soon kueh filling

Final however not least, I reached for the Yam Kueh (S$1.40) in a state of meals coma slowly overwhelming me. It was completely spherical with the phrase ”福“ moulded on it, which suggests success in chinese language.

jalan kukoh teochew kueh - yam kueh

jalan kukoh teochew kueh - soon kueh filling

In spite of everything the opposite superior tasting kuehs which I’ve had earlier, the filling on the Yam Kueh was a little bit lacklustre for me. The yam items weren’t creamy and comfortable sufficient and the seasoning on it fell a little bit brief.

Remaining ideas

jalan kukoh teochew kueh - hawker centre

Jalan Kukoh Teochew Kueh and its environment gave me an air of nostalgia, which introduced me again to a time when issues have been a lot easier and fewer demanding.

I’m a Teochew Peranakan however I’ve by no means actually embraced my Teochew heritage till right this moment, tasting all of the acquainted kuehs that my late Teochew grandmother had uncovered me to.

I’m planning to order 10 Ang Tho Kueh and stuff myself foolish throughout my subsequent go to!

Anticipated harm: S$1.50 – S$5.80 per pax

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Worth: $

Our Score: 4 / 5

Jalan Kukoh Teochew Kueh

1 Jalan Kukoh, Jalan Kukoh Meals Centre, #01-19/01-20, Singapore 161001


Our Score 4/5

Jalan Kukoh Teochew Kueh

1 Jalan Kukoh, Jalan Kukoh Meals Centre, #01-19/01-20, Singapore 161001

Phone: +65 9838 0235

Working Hours: 5.30pm – 7pm (Tue), 7am – 9am & 5.30pm – 7pm (Wed to Sat), Closed on Mon & Solar