On a fine morning in July, Lao Beng (yours truly) decided to wander into the Tiong Bahru neighbourhood to take pictures of the nostalgic and unique flats. Such flats are very scarce in Singapore and viewers of the Mediacorp Channel 8 drama “118” that currently runs at 7:30PM weeknights will most likely know that the drama is based in Tiong Bahru.
Being struck by my hunger pangs, I quickly walked to the Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre to satisfy my craving for hawker food.
The Food Centre is located on the 2nd floor and there are vast selections of hawker food.
I was attracted to this particular stall named Jian Bo Shui Kueh, this stall sells a variety of food including dumplings and various kinds of kuehs. As the stall name suggests, the star attraction is “Chwee Kueh” (Steamed Rice Cakes). Seeing so many aunties buying from this stall affirmed my decision to try the Chwee Kueh. (Aunties’ choice can’t be wrong right?) :p
And I was not disappointed, six Chwee Kuehs for the price of $1.80. The amount of “chye poh” (preserved turnip/radish) was generous, accompanied with the mildly spiced chili. At first glance, your immediate thought would be that the Chwee Kuehs are very oily. In my opinion the Chwee Kuehs have to be oily, I had eaten Chwee Kuehs that were so dry and found them hard to swallow.
Overall the Chwee Kueh tasted much better than the ones that I had elsewhere. With generous amounts of tasty chye poh mixed with the mildly spiced chili, I gobbled them up within 5 minutes. I swear that I even tasted hae bi (dried shrimp) as well.
Lao Beng’s Verdict
The next time I venture into this quaint neighbourhood, I will definitely eat the Chwee Kueh again. But a word of caution to you guys, please do not eat this everyday due to health reasons. Moderation is key.
Jian Bo Shui Kueh (楗柏水粿)
Opening Hours: 6:30AM to 10:30PM (Daily)
Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre
30 Seng Poh Road