Kuih (aka: kue, kueh or kway) is an all-time favourite for many Malaysians.
It is sometimes hard to distinguish between Nyonya kuih of Malay or Peranakan origin due to the fact that over the years, recipes have not been that well documented. Many recipes and methods are handed down from generation to generation. Cross-cultural influences in these recipes are also very common.
Traditionally, kuih used to be handmade for special occasions like Hari Raya, Chinese New Year, Full Moon celebrations, etc.
However, we are now fortunate to be able to get it all year round.
Kuih is found sold at markets, hawker stalls and some coffee shops, but now, kuih is also found in some super markets, cafes and restaurants.
The Nyonyas are legendary for their kuih. And although kuih can be found sold in many places, true authentic Nyonya kuih is hard to come by. Most of the time, kuih is commercially made to meet popular demand. Nyonya kuih lovers will know that authentic nyonya kuih uses traditional methods. There are no short cuts.
Best ingredients like fresh coconut milk (none of that packet stuff) and freshly grated coconut for example, are needed to get scrumptious nyonya kuih. The kuih making process can be very tedious, time consuming and needs meticulous monitoring to ensure ultimate kuih perfection.
And to continue to celebrate these delicious morsels of perfection, we discovered some real kuih gems in our city.
These are our top finds:
1) A’Han Nyonya Kuih
Address: No. 16, Jalan 21/22, 46300 Seapark, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Tel. No: 03-7874 4169 / 012-312 2612
A shop on its own in Seapark, this place has gotten a reputation for some good kuih offerings this side of town.
Pulut tai tai and pulut panggang are their best sellers at this joint.
2) Tasty Kuih Nyonya
Address: No. 80, Jalan Rengas, Southern Park, 41200 Klang, Selangor.
Tel. No: 03-3371 2845 / 012-629 8858
Located in a simple shoplot in Southern Park in Klang, the old ladies here know a thing or two about kuih as they have been there for years.
Onde-onde, kuih koci, pulut panggang and huat kuih are some of the favourites here.
Address: G6, Ground Floor, Bangsar Village 1, No 1, Jalan Telawi Satu, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel. No: 03-2284 9821
One doesn’t expect to get decent kuih in a mall these days. But at Wondermama, they have a decent selection here.
And to our great pleasure, we found out that on most evenings, they also have a “buy one, free one” promotion on their kueh.
4) Aroma Nyonya Kuih Stall
Address: Kedai Kopi dan Makanan Chung Heong, No. 14-16, Lorong Ara Kiri 2, Lucky Garden, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah.
Kuih talam, kuih tayap & kuih bingka are some of the ever popular ones at this stall.
Be sure to get there early as the kuih sells out fairly quickly by the time lunch time comes along.
5) Debbie Teoh – Order nyonya kuih from the Queen of Peranakan Cuisine (as well as a home caterer and cookbook author)
Everything from the ever popular seri muka (as shown in the photo above), ang ku kuih, huat kuih, pulut tai tai and many more graces this genius kuih maker’s repertoire. Order kuih from Debbie and you’ll be tasting divine kuih made by a true kuih artisan.