Ji Xiang Ang Ku Kueh (Singapore)
Ji Xiang Ang Ku Kueh is an old school type of confectionery shop that sells ang ku kueh or 紅龜粿 in Chinese. These are traditional tortoise shell-shaped cakes made with sticky glutinous rice flour filled with a sweet filling like red bean paste or ground roasted peanuts that originated in Fujian, China.
What makes this shop unique is the fact these cakes are handmade. You can peer toward the back and see a flurry of activity of mostly older ladies rolling, shaping, filling and molding these chewy cakes. They lay the shaped cakes onto large steamer pans lined with fresh banana leaves and steamed.
The morning I was there, they only had two fillings available – ground peanut and red bean paste. We ate these cakes with a side of espresso since it was suggested by the owner. These cakes were very tasty – just sweet enough and the cakes were tender, chewy kind of consistency rather than a dense dough. There is a very good ratio of filling to the cake.
These types of confections had to be eaten the day of. I wish I could have these in New York City since I don’t see them often or if any at all.
Ji Xiang Ang Ku Kueh
1 Everton Park