Heavenly Snacks 天下小吃 – Amazing Yuan Yang Muah Chee
We’ve been wanting to try Mr Andy Tan’s heavenly muah chee but it was always sold out the previous times we visited. Imagine our excitement when we finally got to savour his muah chee yesterday! Tucked in a corner of Circuit Road Food Centre, this hipster muah chee has a continual line of customers streaming in. Andy used to be a car-parts manufacturer but his business failed a couple of years ago. He bought some muah chee at a pasar malam but found it horrible. That was when he began channeling his skills for machining car parts into ‘engineering’ muah chee.
Andy bakes the muah chee at his stall before tipping them into a wooden tray and cutting them approximately into 1cm-wide cubes. These little glutinous rice flour cubes are then tossed in ground, roasted sesame seeds or peanuts. Andy cuts the pieces small so as to make it easier for children and elderly to chew. If you look very closely, one of the tools he used for preparing the muah chee is actually a tool used for machining car parts. Such an innovative guy!
The “yuan yang” muah chee was not available when we visited so we had a portion of white muah chee ($2.50) and a portion of black muah chee ($2.80). We really enjoyed the latter as the muah chee dough was well-infused with black sesame flavour. The glutinous rice dough is less sticky and less oily than what you get elsewhere. Featuring a fragrant and crunchy coating of black sesame which isn’t too sweet, you can pop multiple pieces of muah chee into your mouth at one go.
Andy’s presentation also draws the young and ‘hipster’ crowd. The ‘dine-in’ version is served in a boat-shaped dish with decorative tooth picks while the take-away muah chee is packed in pretty paper gift boxes. Andy’s rationale is to improve on traditional muah chee, while retaining its Singaporean roots and he hopes that future generations will carry on the tradition of making muah chee.
Heavenly Snacks 天下小吃
Address: #01-106, Blk 79A Circuit Road, Singapore 371079
Mobile: 8700 4566
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 11.30am to 7.30pm. Closed on Mondays.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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