Regular foodiedoo readers would notice that I have been reviewing quite a bit of food from the Alexandra area and there’s a very good reason for it. This area simply has tons of really good food for foodies to patronize. This time round I popped by this popular Ang Ku Kueh stall located at the corner of a kopitiam at Blk 127.
Ang Ku Kueh – this often bright coloured steam cake has always been a popular traditional dessert among the Nonya and other Chinese communities. Ang Ku Kueh literally means “Red Turtle Cake” but don’t get it wrong. It has nothing to do with the cute shelled animals. The name was given simply because the mould used to form the shape resembles the shell of a turtle. Having said that, it has a rather significant and auspicious meaning behind it.
Those who come from a traditional family background would often receive some bright, red Ang Ku Kuehs from the parents of a newborn during their first-month celebration, along with either cakes, dyed red eggs and other desserts. This is to signify longevity since turtles are widely known to have a long life. I am glad that there are still quite a bit of Chinese families still continuing this tradition as I have personally received quite a few for the past many years.
Those who frequent Poh Cheu since the good ol’ days would know that they have since expanded the selection of flavours for it’s Ang Ku Kuehs. They are no longer just red in colour but comes with various other types of colours and flavours. However, even with the many choices and new flavours available, Poh Cheu’s most popular flavours are still the traditional peanut and red bean paste flavours.
For $0.70 each, I wouldn’t regard the Ang Ku Kuehs here as expensive. It’s reasonably priced for the quality and standard. I love the not-too-thick skin with generous amount of fillings inside the Kuehs. Each of these Ang Ku Kuehs are individually hand-made by the kitchen staff before putting them on a banana leaf and steam to perfection.
The result, ideally fat Ang Ku Kuehs that are not-so-oily and very gentle on the teeth. By that, I mean that the skin don’t stick after sinking your teeth into it.
So far I’ve tried almost all of the flavours here and apart from the traditional flavours that are highly recommended, I would also recommend you to go for the the mango, durian and salted bean AKKs!
Apart from the popular AKKs, the Soon Kueh and Hakka Suan Pan Zi (Yam Abacus Seeds) are highly recommended. Hopefully I can do a proper review of these items soon!
Those who stay or work around the area should already know about Poh Cheu Ang Ku Kuehs. For those who don’t, my take is that the AKKs here are definitely worth travelling for. Do expect to queue for each visit though and inform the aunties at the stall should you be making a larger-than-normal order, otherwise there’s going to be some wait!
Poh Cheu Handmade Ang Ku Kueh
Bukit Merah Lane 1
From 8am – 6pm
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays