You don’t have to eat a full meal in order to get a taste of the local Singaporean tradition. With these 10 traditional local snacks, you can enjoy all the flavors that our little lion city has to offer.
10 Delicious Traditional Local Snacks That You Must Try!
1. Curry Puff – J2 Famous Crispy Curry Puff
Curry Puffs is a deep-fried/baked pastry that is stuffed with curried fillings. It is an extremely comforting treat, especially on a cold rainy day!
J2 Famous Crispy Curry Puff is the only Curry Puff stall in Singapore that is listed in the Singapore Michelin Bib Gourmand Guide. Freshly hand-made in the stall, J2’s Curry Puffs comes with layered flaky pastry with a good range of flavors!
Address: 7 Maxwell Road, Amoy St, #01-21 Food Centre, Singapore 069111
Contact: 9475 8425
Operating Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (Closed on Sundays)
2. Nonya Kueh – Lek Lim Nonya Cake Confectionery
You can’t go wrong with traditional Nonya Kuehs. With such a large variety to choose from, Nonya Kuehs can never disappoint!
At Lek Lim Nonya Cake Confectionery, all their Nonya Kuehs are freshly made. What stands out the most is their ondeh-ondeh and tapioca kueh which are extremely flavorful. This chewy, sweet and savory treat is definitely one of the local favorites when it comes to traditional snacks!
Address: Block 84 Bedok North Street 4, #01-21, Singapore 460084
Contact: 6449 0815
Operating Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (Close at 2 p.m. on Sundays)
3. Chwee Kueh – Ghim Moh Chwee Kueh
Chwee Kueh is a savory snack that all of us Singaporeans love. Steamed cake topped off with chye poh (preserved radish), is a distinctly Singaporean breakfast dish.
Ghim Moh Chwee Kueh has been around for 50 years and the owner makes his humble Chwee Kueh by hand every morning. The sweetness from the Chwee Kueh and the saltiness from the chye poh provides the perfect balance.
Address: Blk, 20 Ghim Moh Rd, #01-54, Singapore 270020
Contact: 9176 6850
Operating Hours: 6:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily
4. Handmade Pau – Teochew Handmade Pau @ Toa Payoh
Handmade paus is a common breakfast item for many of us Singaporeans. With a large variety of flavors and fillings to choose from, paus are hard not to love.
Teochew Handmade Pau @ Toa Payoh offers one of the most heartwarming paus in Singapore. Each and every pau is handmade from scratch, adapted from their first-generation recipe!
Address: 127 Lor 1 Toa Payoh, #02-02, Singapore 310127
Contact: 6254 2053
Operating Hours: Tues-Sat (6 a.m. to 2 p.m.) | Sun (6 a.m. to 12 p.m.) | Closed on Mondays
5. Traditional Beancurd and Youtiao – Rochor Beancurd House
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper, dessert? Traditional beancurd paired with youtiao is perfect for any timing! The silky smooth beancurd together with crispy fried dough fritters is the perfect combination.
At Rochor Beancurd House, their traditional beancurd is served with just the right amount of sweetness. The best way to eat your beancurd it by dipping a hot crispy youtiao into your beancurd!
Address: 745 Geylang Rd, Singapore 389653
Contact: 8288 7020
Operating Hours: 24 hours daily
6. Kueh Pie Tee – Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat Popiah and Kueh Pie Tee
A popular Peranakan dish, Kueh Pie Tee is simply a thin and crispy pastry tart shell filled with a spicy yet sweet mixture of thinly sliced vegetables and prawn.
At Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat Popiah and Kueh Pie Tee, they take extreme pride in their long family tradition of making handmade Popiahs and Kueh Pie Tee in Singapore. They even offer DIY sets so you can spice up your party!
Address: 95 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427389
Contact: 6970 9360
Operating Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily (Closed on Mondays)
7. Tutu Kueh – Queensway Lau Tan Tutu Kueh
Tutu Kueh is a heritage snack that is well-loved by locals for its soft, pillow-like consistency. Filled with the different fillings of your choice, this traditional local snack is extremely popular but has become harder and harder to find over the years.
Queensway Lau Tan Tutu Kueh which claims to be the creators of this traditional local snack has been around since the 1940s. They offer a total of 5 flavors of their famous Tutu Kueh at only $2.50 for 3 pieces!
Address: 1 Queensway, #02- 47, Singapore 149053
Contact: 9817 4793
Operating Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
8. Traditional Popiah – Ong Khim Popiah
In Teochew, Popiah means “thin pancake”. Thin skin and rich ingredients is what make a good Popiah!
Ong Khim’s Popiah has staple ingredients like turnip, egg, ground peanuts, fried shallots/garlic, and Chinese parsley. The best part about the Popiah is that their filling and Popiah skin are all freshly made!
Address: 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-124, Singapore 150006
Operating Hours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
9. Rojak – Balestier Road Hoover Rojak
Rojak is a popular salad dish in Singapore that incorporates ingredients such as cucumber, radish, pineapple, dough fritters, and dried beancurd puffs all drenched in sauce.
Balestier Road Hoover Rojak stands out from other Rojak stalls in Singapore because it is listed on the Michelin Guide 2019! Besides that, their Rojak can also be served with preserved century egg which is something you don’t see around very often.
Address: Whampoa Dr, #01-06 Makan Place, Block 90, Singapore 320090
Contact: 9021 4593
Operating Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)
10. Min Jiang Kueh – Granny’s Pancake
Min Jiang Kueh is a trusty grab-and-go breakfast option! Moist and fluffy outer layer with a filling of your choice, these traditional pancakes make quite a substantial breakfast together with a cup of coffee!
At Granny’s pancake, you can get a taste of nostalgia. Although they have multiple outlets across the island, consistency is ensured at all franchises. Have it while it is still hot and your experience will definitely be elevated!
Address: 20 Ghim Moh Road, Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre, #01-52, Singapore 270020
Operating Hours: 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Top 10 Local Traditional Snacks You Have To Try In Singapore!
Whether you’re local or just visiting Singapore, these are the 10 local traditional snacks that you definitely have to try. Get a taste of Singapore, with each and every one of these local snacks!