One Kueh at a Time – Handmade Kuehs in Jalan Besar
Visiting One Kueh at a Time gives me hope for our hawker heritage. Especially with the recent closing of Ah Lo Steamed Cake, it was really disheartening. There has been so much talks on preserving the hawker heritage, but who is exactly doing it? Well, the ones that are doing it are probably slogging their life away, just like Nick Soon, owner of One Kueh at a Time. Before heading to there, I felt like I have already known Nick for a long time after reading so much newspaper articles about his stall and his craft.
Everyone who has been following him online for sometime would know that his man has quit his job as an insurance agent to open a hawker stall, and he painstakingly makes Teochew kuehs filled with your choice of glutinous rice, chives, or sweet bean paste — all by hand. Now, this is a rare gem because how many still does this?
The recipes are from his old parents who have been making kuehs and sharing with friends and relatives, but have never set up their own stall. Honestly, his selection is not huge because he does everything within his small little shop in Jalan Besar. But sometimes, you just need that few dishes to shine and I am glad that Nick is sticking to what he does best now. Now on weekdays, he sells soon kueh and koo chye kueh, while on weekends, his parents will come and help him, hence they will have png kueh and orh ku kueh as well.
While I stand at the stall front filming and chatting with Nick, I see how he meticulously handle each thin dough skin, wraps ONE KUEH AT A TIME with the fillings and place them in the steamer, just like the good old times. Each pocket of kueh is wrap with so generous amount of fillings that it looks like it is going to burst anytime soon. But well, I am not complaining. It is full of ingredients!
I was served with a piping hot soon kueh and koo chye kueh each. The skin. Oh mine, so translucent that it is literally shining under the sunlight. I am particularly in love with their soon kueh, made with juicy turnips, black fungus and dried shrimps. It has enough bite and texture. The koo chye kueh was wrapped with tasty (but a little bitter) chives and bits of scrambled egg. All of their kuehs are selling at $1 each except the Koo Chye (Chives) version- at $1.20. If you are ordering in bulk, better call him up early to reserve.
One Kueh at a Time
Address: 02-61 Berseh Food Centre, 166 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208877
Phone: 9795 6119 (Nick)
Opening Hours: 8am to 2pm (Sunday to Friday), closed on Saturday
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