Chanced upon Heng Heng Kueh — a new kueh kiosk that seems to have sprouted up at the 3838 Eating House coffeeshop at Blk 269B Queen Street just across the road from Bugis+. The coffeeshop also houses quite a few notable tenants, this would include New Rong Liang Ge Cantonese Roast 新榮亮閣港式燒臘炖湯, Grandfather Food Empire Bak Chor Mee, and Eleven Fingers (Eu Kee) Scissors Curry Rice amongst other stalls. Occupying just a small booth in the middle of the coffeeshop, Heng Heng Kueh is just a kiosk retailing various types of kueh-kueh; the brand claims that it has been established since 1975, though it does seem that they probably had been through a phase of re-branding considering how the brand now seems to use a cat throughout their signages and packaging even. Heng Heng Kueh does offer quite a good variety of kueh at their stall despite its size; one would be able to find items like the Ondeh-Ondeh, Kueh Salat and Kueh Lapis — all of which being their signature items, while other offerings spotted at the stall includes Glutinous Rice, Ang Ku Kueh, Kueh Sago, Custard Sweet Corn and many more. Each box does come with random four-digit numerals printed beside the cat that is labelled on the packaging of the kueh-kueh; not sure if these were meant to be “lucky numbers” but definitely a fun and unique touch indeed.

We were actually pretty satisfied with what we have decided to go for, but if there was one item out of the three that we have tried that stood out and that if it must not be the Ondeh-Ondeh, then that would be the Kueh Salat. Retailed in a box of two pieces, these Kueh Salat would be one of the best ones which we have had in recent times. What we really liked about the Kueh Salat was the consistent texture between the two elements — usually the glutinous rice layer would often carry a firm texture that outrightly contrasts again the pandan mouse layer above it; here, we found that the smooth pandan mousse transitions nicely to the glutinous rice which provided a soft, sticky texture without being too dense nor sticking to the teeth. The glutinous rice also provides quite a decent contrast in terms of flavour to the pandan mousse; a subtle savouriness against that fragrance of the pandan mousse that is almost akin to that of a very lightly sweetened kaya — nothing too outrageously sweet, whilst leaving no nasty aftertaste at the back of the tongue even as one finishes the Kueh Salat. Overall, a Kueh Salat which was very easy to eat and speaks very much by itself.

Having tried the Kueh Sago and the Ondeh-Ondeh, there wasn’t a single kueh-kueh which we have had from Heng Heng Kueh that we didn’t like — the Ondeh-Ondeh would be that crowd pleaser with its firm exterior that provides a firm chew, whilst the insides was well filled with Gula Melaka that eagerly bursts out of the kueh when one chews upon it; the Ondeh-Ondeh being so well-filled within that one is bound to get their hands dirty if it is being consumed in anything but a single mouthful. The only qualm for the Ondeh-Ondeh would be how the filling lacked the grated Gula Melaka that some may yearn for which would have created a textural contrast with an additional crunch amidst the molten, liquified Gula Melaka in comes with. The Kueh Sago on the other hand was yet another item with a play on textures; these rectangular blocks of kueh-kueh come rolled with desiccated coconut on the exterior, while they were more firm and chewy than that of the Kueh Kosui — again, not overly sweet and absolutely delightful to have. With such delectable kueh-kueh being offered, it would be difficult for us not to land our hands on a pack of their kueh-kueh the next time we pass by the area; definitely looking forward to give their other items like the Kueh Kosui and Ubi Kayu a try some time soon!

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