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I was happy to make it here at Lek Lim Nonya Cake Confectionery together with my four friends, by invitation of the owner, Gavan. Although I grew up around this area, little did I know that there was a hidden gem here, selling all my favourite kuehs! The shop is located near the famous Bedok North Blk 85 Fengshan's Bak Chor Mee, just opposite a carpark behind the food centre.All items here are Halal-certified and mostly vegetarian (no egg too), so to our Muslim friends also, please come and tr
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I was happy to make it here at Lek Lim Nonya Cake Confectionery together with my four friends, by invitation of the owner, Gavan. Although I grew up around this area, little did I know that there was a hidden gem here, selling all my favourite kuehs! The shop is located near the famous Bedok North Blk 85 Fengshan's Bak Chor Mee, just opposite a carpark behind the food centre.

All items here are Halal-certified and mostly vegetarian (no egg too), so to our Muslim friends also, please come and try out the traditional kuehs here!

Gavan conducted a special learning journey for us at his shop.

Firstly, he gave us some background about the shop. They are actually a Teochew family and his grandparents learnt how to make nonya kuehs from a peranakan lady. They started off as a home kitchen in the kampong during the late 1968 and set up the current shop here in 1987.

Lek Lim's kueh and many other food items are all hand-made from scratch. Gavan does not believe in mass-production through the use of machines. They had tried both hand-made and machine-made kueh, and there was a distinctive difference in the taste. He added that for machine-made, the ingredients such as bamboo shoots, turnip etc will become quite mashed up, and the texture will be different.

This is indeed a laborious task and the shop has to open by 4am everyday, ready to serve the customers and also for distribution to hawker stalls, hotels etc. As such, by 3+am, they need to start preparing the ingredients! The only rest days they have are the Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival.

They have 2 versions of the yam cakes, steamed and fried yam cakes. Gavan said that by "accident", they realized that deep-fried yam cakes tasted good so they decided to introduce them into the shop. Both have their own merits and I seriously think these were the best yam cakes that I ever had so far, with generous servings of yam chunks, mushrooms and shrimps inside to give them more flavour. Each piece is only 80 cents, very value-for-money too!
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Their spring rolls! Die-Die must try! It was really good, with generous fillings of turnip, carrot, beansprouts etc. At Lek Lim's, they definitely don't skimp on the ingredients!
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To read up more about this invitied learning journey at Lek Lim, please visit my blog post at:
http://www.ylyn-journal.blogspot.sg/2013/01/lek-lim-nonya-cake-confectionery-bedok.html

(以上食評乃用戶個人意見 , 並不代表OpenRice之觀點。)
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2013-01-23