There is always a long queue at Poh Cheu stall, in a coffee shop next to the Alexandra Village Hawker Centre. The stall seems popular and there are many newspaper cuttings and good food awards all over the stall.
More review at my blog http://monsoontravel.blogspot.com/2012/04/snack-poh-cheu-alexandra.html
Poh Cheu Poh Cheu specialised in a variety of handmade kueh keuh - Soon Kueh, Ang Ku Kueh. Ang Ku Kueh (红龟糕)
Besides the traditional Peanut and Red bean paste fillings, they also offer a variety of other fillings - Black Sesame (new), Durian, Green Bean, Salted Bean, Yam, Coconut, Coffee, Mango and Green Tea. Loved the vibrant colours and enjoyed choosing the different flavours. Maybe that's the reason why it took every customer so long to place their orders.
Ang Ku Kueh are traditionally used to celebrate baby full month. You can order Hong Qian, Hong Yuan and glutinous rice for the traditional baby full celebration snack. Understand from a colleague that according to traditional, round bottom and sharp tip HongYuan is for boys while flat HongQian is for girls. In the olden days where boys were preferred over girls, glutinous rice was privileged for only the baby boys. Soon Kueh 笋粿
The other speciality is their Soon Kueh with different fillings - Turnip Soon Kueh, Ku Cai Kueh, Bamboo Kueh, Yam Kueh and Rice cake (Peng Kueh). Not the best Soon Kueh I had, but still very satisfying, especially with the black sauce and chilli. Abacus 客家算盘子
They were boiled and then fragrantly sautéed with hei bi (dried shrimp), shredded carrot, mushrooms and some waxed meat. Liked the texture of the abacus, slightly chewy without sticking to your teeth. The main drawback is the abacus are pre-packed into a container. The condensed steam seems to make the surface a bit soggy. Believe it will taste much better if eaten immediately after the stir-fry. Glutinous Rice 糯米饭
Glutinous rice cooked with mushrooms, waxed meat/sausage, peanuts and small white fish.
Small tips to beat the queue.
- Poh Cheu provide call & collect service which allow you to skip the long queue. The condition is the order for each kueh flavour is to come in multiple of 10 only.
- If you are only interested in the abacus, glutinous rice and rice cake which are pre-packed, you can just take the number of containers you want and pay directly to the stall owner without having to queue.