Poh Cheu Soon Ang Ku Kueh (寳洲红龟粿) is a popular stall selling traditional kueh at Alexandra Village, Singapore. Soon kueh, koo chye kueh, and other snacks are available in this coffeeshop stall near the Alexandra Road / Jalan Bukit Merah junction.
Poh Cheu Soon Kueh and Ang Ku Kueh is a stall which we have seen many times but have not tried because of the long queues. We usually pass by the coffeeshop on the way to the Alexandra Village hawker centre or to the famous zhi char restaurant Keng Eng Kee which is just around the corner. This time round, there was just a short queue and so we bought assorted kuehs for take away.
Poh Cheu Kueh Stall at Bukit Merah
The famous kueh stall takes up a large space in the coffeeshop. Fortunately, it is a corner stall and the queue usually snakes outside.
A team of kueh makers were busy at work inside the stall at the time of our visit.
Poh Cheu Ang Ku Kueh Prices
Conveniently for customers, the prices of the Poh Cheu AKKs and other snacks are clearly labelled at the display case. Traditional Teochew kuehs – koo chai and soon kueh cost $1.20 each. Rice cakes or poon kueh – $1.50.
Poh Cheu are particularly known for their ang ku kuehs which are available in 12 flavours including peanut, green bean, black sesame, durian, coffee and even mango. They cost $1.30 each. We can imagine that a box of 12 in all favours will make a colourful and attractive gift.
Soon Kueh, Poong Kueh and Koo Chai Kueh
Here is a picture of some of the items that we bought that day from Poh Cheu. The pink rice cake (poong kueh) is something which we don’t see often enough. The ones from Poh Cheu were well made with the imprints clearly and deeply moulded on the skin. Taste-wise we thought they were ok but would have liked more ingredients in the stuffing other than rice.
Other than the sweet items, the various kuehs can also be eaten fried. They take on a different character when this happens. The chewy, oily natural skin takes on a thin crisp crust which adds more flavour and texture to the bite. Unless eaten when fresh, we prefer them fried rather than reheating by steaming (except when we feel lazy).
We liked the koo chai kueh (left picture below) and the soon kueh better than the other items. Their skins were thinner and were filled with a generous amount of vegetable stuffing. These were the best buys of the day.
Glutinous rice was also available – in big and small sizes. We bought a big box ($6.50) which was enough as a light meal for two persons. The amount looks small but the heaviness of the oily glutinous rice makes itself felt very quickly. The rice was nicely cooked with lots of peanuts and what seemed like little fishes (silver bait?). We would buy this again.
Poh Cheu Ang Ku Kueh
Out of the twelve available flavours, we selected three – green bean, black sesame and red bean. The one with the green bean filling is the classic ang ku kueh – its bright red colour and tortoise shell pattern giving it its name 红龟粿in Teochew or Hokkien. Taste wise we thought that the fillings were the best part – generous and not too sweet. The skin was ok but slightly tough. We did not like the use of plastic sheets for the base instead of natural leaves. We would buy these again but only if there is not a long queue.
Poh Cheu Soon Kueh and Ang Ku Kueh
Blk 127, Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-222, S(150127)
Tue to Sat 8 am to 6 pm
Closed Mon & Sun
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