Hubby’s breakfast #053: Jian Bo Shui Kueh

This sunny Sunday morning, we put Matilda in her pram and took a 15-minute stroll to Tiong Bahru Market & Food Centre for breakfast.

Chwee kueh, 6 pieces for S$1.80

Hubby had his usual chwee kueh from the legendary Jian Bo Shui Kueh.

Somehow, I find that it’s oilier and the topping not as fragrant as it used to be. But it still has its following of die-hard fans.

Kopi gao (extra thick coffee with condensed milk)

And to go along with chwee kueh — kopi gao (extra thick coffee with condensed milk).

You Ji

Five stalls away from Jian Bo is this stall. Quite an extensive menu, mainly breakfast fare like chee cheong fun, steamed pumpkin and yam cakes, fried beehoon and kway teow, and bak chang (glutinous rice dumplings).

Interestingly, they also sell gingko nut congee.

Chee cheong fun, pumpkin cake, yam cake, S$3.30

The chee cheong fun was good. Thin, smooth, bouncy rice flour sheets — drizzled with sweet sauce and chilli — reminded me of those excellent ones I had in Penang.

The steamed yam cake had chunks of yam, but pity the texture was lumpy. Same for the pumpkin cake.

Jian Bo Shui Kueh

Here are the respective stall unit numbers:

Jian Bo Shui Kueh
30 Seng Poh Road
#02-05 Tiong Bahru Market & Food Centre
Singapore 168898

You Ji
30 Seng Poh Road
#02-10 Tiong Bahru Market & Food Centre
Singapore 168898

The images in this post were shot with Sony NEX-C3 with SEL1855 lens (on loan from Sony Singapore).



  1. says

    Don’t you wish sometimes that the taste can be “recorded” just so that we always have a yardstick to rely on? Sadly, there is no way to go about it but it is always a comfort to know that there is a community of people who goes the extra mile to inform than just eat only. For that, we have you bloggers to thank for! It is probably the surest way to police the originality and taste of some of our most celebrated bites out there on our sunny shore. has Jian Bo Chwee Kueh on our showcase and we shared your entry on Jian Bo Chwee Kueh on our facebook wall too. Do have a look and celebrate with us the best bites in Singapore!

  2. Chrys says

    The original Jian Bo chwee kueh owners have sold their business to the current stall already, which might explain the difference 🙂