Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Kim Choo Nonya Kueh (金珠娘惹糕) - Ang Ku Kueh (紅龜粿) & Kau Ding Kueh (九层糕)

Nearing the dumpling festival (端午节 or 粽子节), it is common to see a larger crowd at places that sell these time-consuming, difficult-to-make products; rice dumplings.

No no no, today's not the time for an elaboration on these carbo-laden snacks. Or meals depending on individuals - there are people who eat only these for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Today, let's touch on Kim Choo, a food outlet that sells heritage snacks/desserts found only in Singapore and Malaysia; Nonya Kueh.

To tell you the truth, i have a bit of difficulty when it comes to differentiate some Nonya kuehs from Chinese kuehs.

Most of the times, you tend to get a mixed variety in many stalls and this is not exactly a bad thing since it makes good business sense to sell food that are popular with the masses.

I am not going to bore you further on the differences for each style. Please visit wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuih.

Ang Ku Kueh (紅龜粿)
Each ang ku kueh felt pudgy and heavy on my palm with an attractive colour that glistened under the sunlight. I could not wait to pop one right into my mouth!

The softness was evident but the supposedly sweet mung bean paste tasted a bit bland. Before i could start my barrage of complaints to my sister, the sweetness slowly seeped out as i chewed on. Yes, my friend, i do chew my food.

I did enjoy these reddish desserts although my favourite still comes from this small little stall in Broadway Food Centre.

Kau Ding Kueh (九层糕)
This is something i really like as a kid!

The sensation of slowly peeling and eating each layer of "skin" is akin to some violent cannibalistic inclination towards your enemies. It did help to relieve some stress on a particularly bad day for a child.

Nine-layer kueh (direct translation) sold in many places are brightly coloured but here in Kim Choo, they had a weird darker tinge - Mummy suspected it could be the use of brown sugar.

The taste wasn't compromised though as they were not overly sweet (like many others) and gave a subtle pandan fragrance. A tad too oily even though i have to conclude that they were still sedap (delicious).

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Location
109, East Coast Road

Price
Ang Ku Kueh (紅龜粿)
S$7 for 10 in a plastic box

Kau Ding Kueh (九层糕)
S$2.50 for 4 in a plastic box

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