Kueh Ho Jiak – Unique Modern Ang Ku Kueh with Sweet Potato Skin!
Ang Ku Kueh is a small oval-shaped Chinese pastry that has chewy and sticky glutinous rice flour skin wrapped around a sweet filling that fills the centre of the pastry. Traditionally, it is red in colour. However, the ones at Kueh Ho Jiak come in an array of colours – purple, brown, yellow and even BLACK.
Rest assured, for there is no artificial colouring and preservatives added to the ang ku kueh here. The skin gets its colour from the sweet potatoes that it is made from. 5 different types of sweet potatoes are used in the creation of the skin. Think Hannah sweet potatoes, Japanese sweet potatoes, Jewel sweet potatoes, Purple sweet potatoes and Garnet sweet potatoes. The skin of the kueh is freshly made by the creative Chef Sandy Hannah Tan.
Compared to the usual ang ku kueh, the skin is softer and slightly thinner with fillings that are not as sweet. They have a range of fillings for you to pick from. Flavours include classics like mung bean, red bean and yam, as well as more premium flavours like fresh durian, fresh jackfruit and hae bee hiam.
The Sweet Potato Ang Ku Kueh with Red Bean fillings go for $1.20 per piece, and was my favourite out of the lot, as the filling was not too sweet and tasted rather natural. The skin was a bit too oily and left a greasy shine on my fingers after popping the kueh into my mouth. However, we liked that the skin was thinner compared to the usual ang ku kuehs out there.
You might also recognise a certain cartoon character on their kuehs! The Hello Kitty-shaped Sweet Potato Ang Ku Kueh ($1.20) contains a peanut filling. The sweet ground peanut filling is sure to be a hit among children. We liked that the ground peanut fillings were tightly packed together in the core of the plump kueh.
The Yam ($1.20) filling is made from scratch by mashing yam together. It is made using Chef Sandy Hannah Tan’s own recipe, and is healthier as it is less sweet.
If you’re wondering how to differentiate between the different kuehs, here is a short guide to help you. The Bear-shaped ones have coconut fillings, full purple-coloured ones have yam fillings, Hello Kitty-shaped ones have ground peanut fillings and the flower-shaped ones have either red bean or mung bean fillings.
Other than their classic Ang Ku Kueh, Kueh Ho Jiak also offers unique items like Bomb Puff. They currently have Curry Potato ($1.50), Extra Spicy Lime Sardine ($1.50) and Egg Mayo ($1.50). The bomb puffs have crispy laters that are handmade with love with the use of top quality butter.
This is an interesting rendition of the classic Ang Ku Kueh and is worth trying! Do place an order with Elizabeth at 90284359 to prevent disappointment, as stocks are limited after 1pm.
Kueh Ho Jiak
Address: 6 Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market & Food Centre #02-20
Opening Hours: 7am till 3pm, Monday to Saturday. Closed on Sundays.
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