Cheeky Chwee Kueh

Singapore

A favorite childhood snack among locals, Chwee Kueh (水粿, Chinese for “water rice cake”) is a steamed rice cake topped with Chye Poh (菜脯, preserved radish bits), and served with chili sauce. The Kueh (粿, bite-sized snacks) is made by combining milled rice and water; once thick, the mixture is poured into small aluminum molds then cooked until it forms its signature bowl-like shape. While it’s typically enjoyed for breakfast, this underrated Singaporean delicacy is something you’ll want to have all time!

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Ghim Moh Chwee Kueh

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Handmade by the owner every day, the Chwee Kueh from Ghim Mo is the closest you can get to the snack’s traditional version. Its storefront welcomes you with scrumptious rice cakes garnished with Chye Poh, which they mix with garlic and pork lard for extra flavor. Queues get quite long, even early in the morning, so remember to come with patience!

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Jian Bo Shui Kueh (Tiong Bahru Market)

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Jian Bo Shui Kueh is an institution in Tiong Bahru Market. It was recently recognized by the Michelin Guide with a Plate distinction, having satisfied several Singaporean generations with their fresh Chwee Kueh. Their Chye Poh, however, tends to hide the delicious taste of the radish we all know and love.

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Xin Xi Chwee Kueh

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Xin Xi’s menu features a variety of local breakfast options such as Yam Cake and Chee Cheong Fun (腸粉, rice noodle roll), but they’re mostly known for their take on the classic Chwee Kueh. The store serves hot, smooth, and firm water rice cakes topped with crunchy Chye Poh. The texture is a pleasant surprise, making you reach for more than just one!

  • 58 New Upper Changi Road, #01-150 Bedok South 58 Market and Food Centre, Singapore

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Bedok Shui Guo (Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre)

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Try Bedok Shui Guo’s Kueh known for its melt-in-your-mouth consistency. Accompanied by finely chopped sweet Chye Pong and spicy chili sauce, the stall’s Chwee Kueh is one of Singapore’s best—well worth a trip to the east!

  • +65 9833 7709
  • 208 New Upper Changi Road, #01-53 Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre, Singapore

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Sembawang Hills Shui Kway

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Sembawang Hills Shui Kway’s Chwee Kueh stands out for being heftier than most water rice cakes. Their Chye Poh also shines on its own. They fry the radish bits with dried shrimp for an umami kick and drain the excess oil after to achieve the best texture. Pair that with a solid doughy Kueh, and you have an ideal combo!

  • 590 Upper Thomson Road, #01-16 Sembawang Hills Food Centre, Singapore

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Tiong Bahru Chwee Kueh

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Located in TANGS Market on Orchard Road, Tiong Bahru Chwee Kueh gives you the convenience of having Chwee Kueh in between sightseeing and shopping. The price is slightly higher than the average hawker’s, but it’s worth it knowing how easy it is to get your hands on the chewy treat without leaving the heart of the city!

  • +65 6737 5500
  • 310 Orchard Road, TANGS Market Basement 1, Singapore

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Siang Siang Chwee Kueh

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A hidden gem in Fengshan Market and Food Centre, Siang Siang Chwee Kueh dishes out some of the lightest—but still dense and wobbly—Chwee Kueh in Singapore! The kiosk is manned by an elderly couple who only make and sell a limited quantity every day, so visit early to get your hands on a fresh batch!

  • Block 85 Bedok North Street 4, #01-247 Fengshan Market and Food Centre, Singapore

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