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I watched a food programme featuring Nyonya Kueh (Peranakan cakes and puddings) and it triggered my cravings for it. It’s been quite some time since I last ate Nyonya Kueh so I went online to do a little research on the eateries in Singapore selling it. Lek Lim Nonya Cake Confectionary appeared on the top of the list so I went to check it out on a weekday morning.
According to Lek Lim’s website, they started operations in 1968 selling kuehs from their kitchen at home. According to other food blogs, they also supply their kuehs to the local hotels and restaurants. There aren’t many kuehs left when I was there so I bought three types of kueh and some fried items to sample.
I tried their spring roll, yam cake and carrot cake. The taste is sadly one dimensional and there is a bitter aftertaste to all of their fried items due to the oil that they used. I reckon they should change the oil more often as it is seriously affecting the taste of all their fried items. Tried their dough fritters but it has a weird taste (due to the oil) so I had to dispose it. Please refrain yourself from buying any of their fried items, they are not worth your money.
After the disappointing fried items, I tried their Kueh Kotoh White Nyonya (tapioca pudding with coconut in palm sugar syrup). Very bland and there is no fragrance from the coconut and palm sugar topping. It feels like you are chewing a piece of chewing gum and I suppose nobody would want to swallow their gum. Terrible.
Lek Lim’s Ubi Kayu Nonya (colored tapioca pudding with shredded coconut) would have to be the best among all the food products that I’ve tasted. It was soft and not too sweet. However, the taste is still one dimensional and it is lacking the wonder fragrance that this tapioca pudding should have.
The Oh Ku Kueh is soft but the mung bean paste filling is very bland. Something is seriously missing in the flavor department.
Overall I do not recommend this eatery. I don’t think I will sell any of the food items (that I’ve tasted today) to anyone if I am the owner. The fried items have taste of the oil and they have turned soggy since they have been prepared in advance. Lim Lek Nyonya Cake Confectionary may have been around for the past few decades but they are going to be eliminated if they failed to improve their food standards.