I was warmly greeted by Gavan, who’s the third-generation owner of the Lek Lim Nonya Cake Confectionery shop which has been running since 1987, even before I was borned. This traditionally-built confectionery shop has been here at Bedok North St.4, Blk 84 since 26 years ago. Though there could have been some modifications to the shop and the way of perfecting the Nonya cakes, the spirit and belief that traditional Nonya cakes should be hand-made with much effort and patience still persists til today. And that hand-made traditional Nonya cakes which are really good would only need to rely on the word of mouth to inform everyone about how delightful these “kuehs” taste.
The word “kueh” in Teochew ( a Chinese dialect) usually refers to small bite-sized cakes or confectioneries which are commonly eaten in various parts of South-east Asia. And the word “Nonya” refers to the Peranakan heritage. Just like in France, they’ve got macarons and eclairs while in Singapore and Malaysia where our Peranakan culture still holds, we’ve got our Nonya kuehs. The Nonya kuehs is one of our traditional local delights which is part of our Singapore culinary and cultural heritage.
So while in Paris, the Parisians could be enjoying macarons and madeleine for tea while in Singapore, we chew on to bite-sizes of kuehs like Ang Ku Kueh ( Red Tortoise Cake) or Kueh Lapis (literally translated as the 9-storey cake) over a cup of Kopi (coffee).
|Ang Ku Kueh Mould|
|Ready to be steamed til cooked.|
Some of the wooden moulds were almost a decade old as they were passed down from one generation to the next.
|Fried Carrot Cake
It was all sold out even before I got here. Singaporeans do love eating fried food.
|Fried Spring Rolls|
|Curry Puffs : Sardines and Curry fillings. Each only costs a dollar. I love their crunchy skin texture and curry potato fillings.|
|Fresh out of the steamer.|
|Ang Ku Kueh for 50 cents each.|
Now, I finally get to taste my own hand-made kuehs.
Nothing taste better than home-made kuehs which are part of our Singapore story and our cultural experiences.
Lek Lim Nonya Cake Confectionary
Blk 84 Bedok North St.4
Tel: 6449 0815
Fax: 6442 4958