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Where to Get Ang Ku Kueh (Red Tortoise Cake) in Singapore for Your Next Celebration
by: The Beat Asia
Ang ku kueh, also known as red tortoise cake, is a small oval-shaped Chinese pastry that’s moulded to resemble a tortoise shell. It’s made with soft, sticky glutinous rice flour skin wrapped around a filling and is usually served during important occasions, such as Chinese New Year, a baby’s first month, and an elderly’s birthday. Why red tortoise? The colour red is traditionally used as a symbol of happiness, and a tortoise is believed to bring longevity, good fortune, and prosperity to those who eat it.
If you’re planning to host a traditional celebration at home, don’t forget to get your handmade ang ku kueh from these shops in Singapore.
Ji Xiang Confectionery
Established in 1988, Ji Xiang Confectionery has always been a crowd favourite. What sets them apart? Their Rainbow Ang Ku Kueh Sets, which come in peanut and sweet bean flavours. Traditional ang ku kueh usually comes in a single colour, but Ji Xiang takes theirs to the next level by offering different colours in one. Other flavours they have are corn, coconut, salted bean, and yam.
Location: Ji Xiang has multiple locations in Singapore. Check their website for a branch near you.
Lek Lim Nonya Cake Confectionery
Starting from a humble kitchen at home in 1968, Lek Lim Nonya Cake Confectionery has grown into a trusted brand. Their ang ku kueh comes in two flavours (peanut and yam) and can be purchased in door gift packaging so they’re easy to hand out to guests. Apart from ang ku kueh, they also offer a wide range of snacks such as Curry Puff Chicken, Chive Kueh, and Lapis Cake.
Locations: 84 Bedok North Street 4, #01-21 (Retail) / 3017 Bedok North Street 5, #04-29 (Central Kitchen)
Poh Cheu Kitchen
Established in 1985, Poh Cheu Kitchen started with a single goal: to make the best ang ku kueh and soon kueh. They were the first ang ku kueh shop in Singapore to receive The Michelin Plate award in 2019. They started out with six flavours (peanut, green bean, salted bean, durian, coconut, and yam) and added modern flavours (red bean, black sesame, green tea, mango, pineapple, and coffee) later on to appeal to the young ones.
Location: Blk 127 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-222
The Ang Ku Kueh Hut
The Toh siblings grew up in a kueh-making family and decided to continue the tradition in 2004. The Ang Ku Kueh Shop rebranded to The Ang Ku Kueh Hut with the aim to introduce modern elements that will appeal to the younger generation. True to their goals, their seasonal roasted chestnut is a must-try! Other flavours they offer are green bean, peanut, red bean, pistachio, hazelnut, and yam.
Location: 36 Kim Keat Rd.
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