In Singapore, it's getting harder and harder to taste traditional food that our forefathers had brought from their homelands and food that some of us had grown up with. The recent closure of Bedok Corner Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodles with the owner Mr Ee retiring, got me triggered that I should consolidate a list of traditional foods and visit them while they are available and bring our kids to taste them before it's gone again. This can also serve as a documentation of our Singapore Food History that we should be proud of. So this blog post is about Wa Kuehs and here we go.

Wa Kueh Stall 1:  Ah Kong Wah Kuih

Taste
Overall taste is savoury, slight vinegary, garlicky with hint of sweetness. Taste is closer to lor mee and yet not exactly to that flavour. The kueh has mushrooms and dried shrimps within but overall the flavour of the kueh is not standing out much probably because the dried shrimps are fried or processed further. However the kueh is still springy in texture and strong in rice flavour which is important. The sauce is done towards the Taiwanese Bak E sauce direction and the chilli is pretty decent. Overall quite unique compared to other wa kuehs in the list.

Price: $2.50
Verdict: 4V out of 5

Location: 335 Smith St, #02-116, Singapore 050335
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/pyFCSgsM5AjrbJMc6
Nearest MRT: Chinatown MRT
Suggested Car Park: Parking is available at this food centre via Smith Street. Take note that carpark lots are limited or you can find parallel car parks along temple street

Wa Kueh Stall 2:  Gem Harvest

Taste
Overall taste is savoury, garlicky sauce. Slight hint of five spice powder used in the sauce. Kueh has mushrooms and dried shrimps and is generally flavourful with the rice smell. Texture of the kueh is springy and smooth but the sauce seems to lack uniqueness. The god thing is the sauce is not standard chee cheong fun sauce which some stalls are fond of using.

Price: $1.50
Verdict: 3.5V out of 5

Location: 11 Telok Blangah Cres, Singapore 090011 #01-86
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/9AvhcDEskb6TmZv68
Nearest MRT:  Not within walking distance of any MRT. But nearest MRT would be Harbourfront MRT
Suggested Car Park:  Suggest don't park at the carpark besides the market as it's usually full. Parking opposite at Blk 16a Telok Blangah MSCP and walk over will be better

Wa Kueh Stall 3:  Kim Guan Cooked Food

Taste
Overall taste is leaning towards savoury. Unlike the rest of the wa kueh stalls, Kim Guan is not that garlicky although there is certainly minced garlic added. The part that stands out here is the kueh compared to other stalls. The kueh is filled with mushroom flavour with good mushrooms slices within. The kueh also have a bit of dried shrimp flavour to it and it's generally fragrant. The wa kueh also have minced pork and peanuts within, making the wa kueh to be packing a lot of ingredients in a small affordable package. The final taste of the kueh is a little like chinese rice dumpling eventually except it's not made of glutinous rice. The sambal chilli is pretty decent and in fact they have their chilli sold in bottles. Teh sauce wise is nothing to shout about, pretty standard savoury taste. Kueh is pretty springy despite having so many types of ingredients inside.

Price: $1.50
Verdict: 3.5V out of 5

Location: 726 West Coast Rd, #01-145, Singapore 120726
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/ZTJwXwJuLVSHh57r6
Nearest MRT: No walkable MRT available but nearest MRT would be Dover MRT
Suggested Car Park: Carpark beside the food centre is decently available from time to time

Wa Kueh Stall 4:  Economic Food @ Havelock Cooked Food Centre

Taste
The overall taste is savoury and a little sour. Slightly garlicky with good texture kueh and dried shrimp taste. The taste is very different from other wah kueh that is in this list. It seems like the stall owner is using some sort of chee cheong fun sauce but it's like a concentrated type without the sweetness but instead it's more savoury and sour in nature. Nothing much in terms of ingredients in the kueh except for bits of mushrooms else it's like a giant size chwee kueh.

Price: $1.50
Verdict: 3V out of 5

Location: 22B Havelock Rd, Singapore 162022 (beside Shan Duck Noodles)
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/27qcPgC5d7CT766P9
Nearest MRT: No walkable MRT available in the vicinity. Nearest MRT would be Tiong Bahru MRT
Suggested Car Park: Carpark besides the food centre or along the roadside @ Bukit Ho Swee

Wa Kueh Stall 4:  Yi Le Shou Shi @ Tampines Round Market

Taste
Springy wa kueh with crispy fried shallots on top and mushrooms within. The overall flavour is savoury but not garlicky. It's leaning more toward yam cake flavour with chee cheong fun sauce. Nothing to shout about. If you want traditional wa kueh, this stall is not selling those type. But the other food in this stall like economic fried bee hoon etc is decent

Price: $1.50
Verdict: 3V out of 5

Location: 137A Tampines Street 11, Singapore 522137 #01-10 (Tampines Round Market)
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/NtYWQzvNSmYm9FE47
Nearest MRT: Tampines West MRT. Not really within walking distance but can be manageable.
Suggested Car Park: Carpark beside round market.

Wa Kueh Stall 5:  Singapore Shui Kueh @ Geylang East Market & Food Centre

Taste
The kueh is more mushy and feels yam cake alike. Good amount of dried shrimps in kueh but sauce is using standard chee cheong fun sauce. There are slices of mushroom and minced meat and overall flavour is savoury. Can't really agree it's traditional wa kueh flavour but more of yam cake in the form of wa kueh shape and it's pretty strong in dried shrimp flavour. Nevertheless it's still better than the Tampines one as there are more ingredients within the kueh that makes it more wa kueh-ish.

Price: $2.50
Verdict: 3.5V out of 5

Location: 117 Aljunied Ave 2, #01-14 East Market & Food Centre, Singapore 380117
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/rah5mFS8Jg5Qynjm9
Nearest MRT: Paya Lebar MRT. Not within walkable distance
Suggested Car Park: Blk 188 MSCP along Aljunied Avenue 2 opp the food centre

Wa Kueh Stall 6:  Famous Cuisine (肥美思小吃) @ Punggol East

Taste
The kueh is of mushy type and yam based. Somehow, the flavour and kueh is very much alike Singapore Shui Kueh and I strongly suspect they have gotten it from them. Comes with fried shallot on top and minced pork within. There is a mix of mushroom as well. Sauce is standard chee cheong fun sauce with a bit of twist in terms of savoury flavour. Good part of the dish is that the kueh is pretty strong on dried shrimp flavour and springy in texture.

Take note that the wa kuehs are only sold on weekends and gets sold out pretty fast, usually before 11am. I guess the place is pretty ulu (obscure in Singapore terms), and the residents around would buy this wa kueh for breakfast.

Price: $2.60
Verdict: 3.5V out of 5

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Location: 658 Punggol E, Singapore 820658 (Inside Leong Ji coffee shop)
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/JYfxcBWUGHYkYpwPA
Nearest MRT: Punggol MRT (Not within walkable distance and very obscure place)
Suggested Car Park: Blk 659 MSCP

Wa Kueh Stall 7:  街头小吃

Taste
One of the better wa kuehs that I have on this list. In fact, Ah Kong and this stall will be the ones that I will visit regularly. The kueh is pretty strong in rice flavour and comes with spring onions, fried shallots, minced garlic and chilli as condiments. The kueh is a little peppery and of yam cake texture (not flavour), springy and comes with dried shrimps within. The sauce is mushroom, savoury flavour and have that unique sauce that other stalls in this list is missing (other than Ah Kong). The chilli packs a punch and serves well as part of the flavour enhancer.

I forgot to ask the auntie but I suspect that they are opened quite early and close by around lunch time. I have been here on one occasion in the afternoon and they are closed. So please visit in the AM session to be safe.

Price: $1.70
Verdict: 4V out of 5

Location: 273 Bukit Batok East Ave 4, Singapore 650273 (Inside Kopi Thiam)
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/3XeGwArEkbjLPbcE8
Nearest MRT: Bukit Batok MRT. Not really within walking distance
Suggested Car Park: Carpark besides blk 273/274

There are other inputs online that mentioned 5 more locations that are selling wa kuehs namely:

  1. North Bridge Road Food Centre,
  2. Jalan Kukoh Food Centre,
  3. Yishun Blk 654 coffee shop,
  4. Maxwell Food Centre Ri Xin Snacks and
  5. the currently defunct Bukit Merah Food Centre stall.

I have visit them and found that these 5 locations do not have any wa kueh selling anymore. So please do not make a wasted trip to find. If you do have any more wa kueh stalls to share, please reach out to me. Thank you!