How to make sure you’re buying safe toys for kids

We all love to spoil the kids in our lives and give them toys that will delight and engage them. The last thing we want is for a child to end up with an injury, or worse, because the toy wasn't appropriate for them.

It's estimated that more than 200,000 children in the US alone are treated for toy-related injuries in emergency rooms across the country each year. Teens are often involved in accidents with products like electric scooters and hoverboards, but airway obstructions caused by much more innocent-looking toys are common among younger children.

To make sure that the gifts you buy this year don't pose a risk to any little ones, click through this gallery for the ultimate guide to safe toy shopping.


Hari Raya Haji (Eid al-Adha) 2023 عيد الأضحى

Hari Raya Haji (which means “great day of the haj” in Malay), also known as Aidiladha (alternatively spelt as Eid al-Adha or Eid Adha) or the Great Day of Sacrifice, is a Muslim festival that falls on the 10th day of Zulhijjah (the 12th month in the Islamic calendar). The festival marks the end of the haj, which is the Muslim pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. It also commemorates the willingness of the Islamic prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismail in an act of obedience to Allah (God). One of the main rituals of the festival is the korban, which involves the sacrificial slaughtering of livestock. It is one of two major Muslim festivals in Singapore that are celebrated as public holidays (the other being Hari Raya Puasa).

Background - Hari Raya Haji is celebrated to mark the end of the Muslim pilgrimage known as the haj. According to the fifth pillar of Islam, all able-bodied Muslims who can afford to do so are obliged to undertake this pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime. The haj retraces the journey of Prophet Muhammad’s pilgrimage to Mecca and must be undertaken during Zulhijjah, the 12th month of the Islamic calendar.

The festival also commemorates the story of Ibrahim and his son Ismail, both of whom were said to have been guided by Allah to build the Kaaba: a square stone building in the centre of the Great Mosque in Mecca that is considered by Muslims to be their most holy site. It is in the direction of the Kabaa that all Muslims face during prayers. According to the story found in the Quran, Allah one day commanded Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismail as a test of his obedience. Just as Ibrahim was about to carry out this command, Allah intervened to stop him and allowed for the sacrifice of a sheep in place of his son. Ibrahim’s exemplary act of sacrifice and obedience to Allah is commemorated during Hari Raya Haji through the ritual of korban, which involves the sacrificial offering of livestock.

Heavy traffic expected at land checkpoints for Hari Raya Haji holiday
Continuous heavy traffic through the Woodlands and Tuas Checkpoints is expected over the upcoming Hari Raya Haji holidays. (Photo: CNA/Hanidah Amin)

Motorists planning to cross into Malaysia for the Hari Raya Haji holiday are advised to factor in additional waiting time for immigration clearance, as heavy traffic is expected at both Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints from Wednesday (Jun 28) to next Monday. 

“Travellers departing by car should expect waiting times of close to three hours for peak periods over long weekends, similar to pre-COVID days,” the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said in an advisory issued on Tuesday. The land checkpoints saw continuous heavy traffic during the June school holidays and peaked at about 430,000 crossings on Jun 16, exceeding pre-COVID levels. More than 1.2 million travellers - averaging about 406,000 crossings a day - used the land checkpoints between Jun 16 and 18, ICA said.

“During that weekend, ICA noted that there were long queues of cars waiting to clear departure coupled with continuous tailbacks from Malaysia,” it added. “Despite the start of school on Jun 26, more than 1.1 million travellers cleared through immigration at the land checkpoints in the last weekend (Jun 24 to 26).” Motorists are advised to check the traffic situation at the land checkpoints through the Land Transport Authority (LTA)’s One Motoring website, or via the Expressway Monitoring and Advisory System installed along the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) and Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE).


Michelin Guide Singapore 2023

The full list of Michelin-starred restaurants revealed
Photograph: Seroja

The seventh edition of the red guidebook has crowned the best eateries the island has to offer. When it comes to the highest echelon of dining, nothing has changed in the sphere of restaurants awarded three Michelin stars – fronted by the same winners as last year’s list, Les Amis, Odette, and Zén.

Find the full list here or take a look below – an asterisk (*) means that it’s a new addition to the list:
Three-star restaurants
  • Les Amis
  • Odette
  • Zén
Two-star restaurants
  • Cloudstreet
  • Jaan by Kirk Westaway
  • Saint Pierre
  • Shoukouwa
  • Thevar
  • Waku Ghin
One-star restaurants
  • 28 Wilkie
  • Alma by Juan Amador
  • Art di Daniele Sperindio
  • Born*
  • Beni
  • Braci
  • Buona Terra
  • Burnt Ends
  • Candlenut
  • Chef Kang's
  • Cure
  • Cut
  • Esora
  • Euphoria
  • Hamamoto
  • Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle
  • Iggy's
  • Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine
  • Restaurant Jag
  • Labyrinth
  • La Dame de Pic
  • Lei Garden
  • Lerouy
  • Ma Cuisine
  • Marguerite
  • Meta
  • Nae:um
  • Nouri
  • Oshino
  • Putien (Kitchener Road)
  • Poise*
  • Rêve
  • Rhubarb
  • Shang Palace
  • Shinji by Kanesaka (Carlton Hotel Singapore)
  • Sommer
  • Summer Palace
  • Summer Pavilion
  • Sushi Ichi
  • Sushi Kimura
  • Sushi Sakuta*
  • Seroja*
  • Table65
  • Terra
  • Whitegrass
  • Willow*



Singapore Zoo's 50th Golden ZOObilee

50 years of caring for wildlife
Come celebrate Singapore Zoo's 50th Golden ZOObilee with our star animals and the ART-ZOO friends!

We are proud to celebrate 50 years of caring for wildlife at Singapore Zoo!

Our commitment to being a 'window to the wild' has made a positive impact on people and animals. We will continue strive to create experiences to inspire care and rally everyone to protect animals and nature.

To celebrate this milestone, we have a series of exciting activities lined up for you in the upcoming months. Come join us as a fun-filled celebration awaits!

Singapore Zoo turns 50 this year: what were the highlights?
The Singapore Zoo was opened on 27 Jun 1973 by the late Dr Goh Keng Swee, then Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Defence

Heads up animal lovers! The Singapore Zoo will celebrate 50 monumental years this year on 27 June with festivities lined up from May through September.

The Mandai Wildlife Group said in a media release on Thursday (18 May) that the wildlife park's golden jubilee celebrations - dubbed Golden ZOObilee - will include explorer camps, runs and behind-the-scenes tours for visitors to reconnect with its wildlife anew. The "ART-ZOO Happy ZOObilee" from 27 May to 27 August, for instance, is a fun-filled trail walk where visitors can enjoy eight inflatable and 2D animal sculptures, as well as animal interaction sessions and craft workshops.

Other activities include a two-day Wild Explorer Camp for children aged six to 10, a special edition of private buggy tour "Zoo Adventure Tour: ZOObilee" and the launch of a new "Backstage Pass – Incredible Invertebrates" tour which will give visitors a behind-the-scenes look of Fragile Forest. The Safari Zoo Run will also return under a new name "Mandai Wildlife Run" on 23 and 24 September. New race categories for seniors, health and wellness activities, sustainability-themed workshops and up-close animal interactions will also be organised. A portion of proceeds will go towards supporting conservation projects locally and in the region. More information on the Singapore Zoo's 50th-anniversary celebrations can be found on their website.

The history of Singapore Zoo
Queue for Singapore Zoo the weekend after its opening on 27 Jun 1973

The idea for a zoo to be situated near Upper Seletar Reservoir came about in 1968 — a "naturalistic zoo that takes advantage Singapore's tropical environment" was created. The Singapore Zoo was officially opened on 27 Jun 1973 by Goh Keng Swee, then Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence. It has now become world-renowned for its open-concept design.

Immersive wildlife habitats that are most popular with guests include the Fragile Forest, with 50 species of birds and mammals freely roaming the biodome, and the free-ranging Orangutan exhibit that opened in 2006. From a mere 272 animals across 72 species at the beginning, the Singapore Zoo is now home to more than 4,200 animals from over 300 species, of which 34 per cent are threatened. The zoo has also seen many significant births such as the endangered Komodo Dragon, native to Indonesia, in 2009. It was the first zoo in Asia to successfully breed it. Other notable ones include the zoo's first Orangutan birth in 1975, and the hatching of the world's first second-generation pair of Crocodile Monitors under human care in 2019.

The zoo continues to be an important member in conservation networks and is part of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) and World Association of Zoos and Aquaria (WAZA), and contributes to the conservation of various species through breeding, research and education. Currently, it participates in 58 internationally managed ex-situ breeding programmes for species like the Bornean and Sumatran Orangutans, Red Ruffed Lemur and Goodfellow's tree Kangaroo.

A walk down memory lane of Singapore Zoo's history
Dr Goh Keng Swee and Susie the Orangutan (left) and Singapore Zoo on the weekend after opening (Photos: Mandai Wildlife Group) © Provided by Yahoo Lifestyle

In celebration of Singapore Zoo welcoming close to 60 million visitors over the last five decades, here is a brief timeline of the key milestones of the wildlife park:
  • 1973 - The Singapore Zoo was opened on 27 June 1973 by the late Dr Goh Keng Swee, then Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence. There were 272 animals across 72 species on display.
  • 1974 - The zoo welcomed its first millionth visitor on Deepavali, about 17 months after it first opened.
  • 1975 - The zoo welcomed its first orang utan birth, baby Jinak. Since then, the Singapore Zoo has had more than 44 orang utan babies, of which many went to other zoos as part of global breeding programmes.
  • 1982 - Breakfast with an orang utan was launched in May. It then evolved into popular dining experience Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife and re-emerged as Breakfast in the Wild in October last year.
  • 1990 - Inuka, the first polar bear in the tropics, was born in Singapore Zoo.
  • 1992 - Ah Meng became the first and only non-human recipient to receive the Special Tourism Ambassador award.
  • 1998 - The Singapore Zoo’s first immersive exhibit Fragile Forest opened.
  • 2006 - The world’s first free-ranging orang utan exhibit opened in March.
  • 2008 - Singapore Zoo icon Ah Meng passed away on 8 Feb 2008 at the age of 50. Rainforest KidzWorld opened on 14 November with a water playground, carousel and Kampung House. A newly refurbished Rainforest KidzWorld will open by the end of this year.
  • 2009 - The Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund (WRSCF) dedicated to native wildlife conservation and education was launched in July. The inaugural Safari Zoo Run, in memory of Ah Meng, was held with 6,000 participants. The zoo also welcomed its first Komodo dragon hatchling in 34 years in November.
  • 2016 - Ah Meng’s granddaughter Ishta was minted as the new Ah Meng.
  • 2017: RepTopia officially opened as a climate-controlled indoor exhibit showcasing the world’s most threatened reptiles, amphibians and arthropods.
  • 2021 - Wildlife Reserves Singapore was renamed to Mandai Wildlife Group and the Singapore Zoorefreshed its logo. 13 critically endangered Roti Snake-necked Turtles were also reintroduced to their native country Indonesia.
  • 2023 - Leading up to its 50th anniversary, the**** Singapore Zoo currently has more than 4,200 animals from over 300 species.

Mandai Wildlife Reserve

Mandai Wildlife Group is dedicated to caring for the planet and protecting animals and nature. Conservation education is intrinsic in all interactions with the Group, to inspire action for a healthier world.

Mandai Wildlife Group is the steward of Mandai Wildlife Reserve, a unique wildlife and nature destination in Singapore that is home to world-renown wildlife parks which connect visitors to the fascinating world of wildlife. The Group is driving an exciting rejuvenation plan at Mandai Wildlife Reserve, adjacent to Singapore’s Central Catchment Nature Reserve, that will integrate five wildlife parks with distinctive nature-based experiences, green public spaces and an eco-friendly resort.

The wildlife parks managed by the Group are accredited by two of the top international regional zoo associations [European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), and Zoo and Aquarium Association of Australasia (ZAA)], and the Group is an active member of the Southeast Asian Zoo and Aquarium Association (SEAZA) and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).

Bird Paradise in Mandai Wildlife Reserve
Mandai Wildlife Reserve will house 20 species of Hornbills Credit: PHOTO: shutterstock/Martin Mecnarowski

The Mandai Wildlife Reserve in Singapore will gain a new visitor attraction in the second quarter of 2023 – a 17-hectare sanctuary called Bird Paradise. The move is part of larger plans to co-locate all of Singapore’s wildlife parks and other nature-based experiences together at the Mandai Wildlife Reserve. Bird Paradise will be the first of the new wildlife parks located at the reserve to open to the public. The new area will transport visitors into a colourful world that will be home to 3,500 birds from over 400 avian species.

Designed to encourage discovery at every turn, Bird Paradise will welcome visitors into immersive and naturalistic mixed-species habitats. Visitors will be able to explore eight large walk-through aviaries which reflect different biomes of the world such as dense African rainforests, South American wetlands, Southeast Asian paddy fields and Australian dry eucalypt forests. Some of the park’s most threatened species will be housed in Winged Sanctuary, a zone specially dedicated to birds of high conservation value including critically endangered species like the Philippine Eagle and Vietnam Pheasant.

In total, 24 per cent of the species in Bird Paradise will be threatened, the highest percentage listed under human care in a single zoological park. The new bird park will also have the world’s largest living genetic reserve of Hornbills under human care, with over 20 species. The site’s operator, Mandai Wildlife Group, wants to position the park as a unique destination for nature and wildlife activities. While Bird Paradise will open in 2023, development work for the rest of the large park is also well underway and the remaining features are set to open progressively through to 2025.


Airlines with most flight delays and cancellations

According to Singaporean travellers

Have you ever heard travel horror stories from your friends and family about flights being delayed for hours? Or worse, cancelled?

These tales of travel terror get us all nervous, but they're anecdotal at best. In the grand scheme of things, how do we know if flight delays really do happen very frequently on Airline X? Or if Airline Y really does end up cancelling a lot of their flights?

We carry out a proper survey on flight cancellations and delays, that's how. MoneySmart asked over 1,700 Singaporeans about the flight delays, flight cancellations, and compensation received for both over the past year or so (May 2022-2023). Here's what we found out about flight delays, cancellations, compensation for flight disruptions & impact of travel disruptions:
  • Air India and Air China had the highest reported rates of flight delays
  • Almost 2 out of 5 Singapore Airlines travellers had their flights delayed
  • Most travel delays didn't exceed 4 hours
  • Air India and Cebu Pacific Air had the highest reported rates of flight cancellations
  • About 1 in 4 respondents waited only 1 to 3 hours for a replacement flight
  • About 2 in 5 respondents did not get compensated for delayed flights
  • Air China was the most likely to compensate respondents whose flights were delayed or cancelled
  • Are the travellers we surveyed scarred for life?
  • How do I avoid flight delays and cancellations?

Scoot Airlines Review – The Worst Airline in Asia
Scoot Airlines Review – My Awful Experience

I don’t often write bad things on my blog. BUT I feel a little bit like I need to warn you all about how atrocious Scoot Airlines is. Mainly so that what happened to me, never happens to you. I love you guys and want you to have only the best travelling experiences. With that said, here’s my Scoot Airlines review.

Well, to answer your question quickly, NO, Scoot is not a good airline at all. I would go so far as to say that it is the worst airline I have ever used and, at a minimum, the worst airline in Asia. Now, let me tell you all about my personal experience with Scoot and why I’m a little bit bitter. And don’t get me wrong, I know Scoot is a budget airline, I wasn’t expecting too much, trust me.

Have you ever booked a flight with a budget airline and after clicking “confirm”, thought that MAYBE you should have just paid a bit extra for a better known airline? No? Well, neither had I until I booked a flight from Sydney to Hong Kong (via Changi airport, Singapore) with Scoot Airlines. I didn’t know it then, but I was about to have one of the worst flying experiences of my life. My fears were somewhat calmed when I discovered that Scoot is owned by Singapore Airlines. After all, Singapore Airlines is a decent airline! I thought, “I’ll be grand, Singapore couldn’t possibly run a dodgy budget airline”. Sadly, I was about to be proven seriously wrong. Let me tell you EVERYTHING that made me believe that Scoot Airlines might possibly be the worst airline in Asia.

Fire breaks out on Scoot plane bound for Singapore

Fire breaks out on Scoot plane bound for Singapore at Taiwan airport

As a Scoot airlines plane prepared to take off from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport bound for Singapore on Tuesday night (Jan. 10), a power bank caught fire, filling the cabin with smoke and injuring two passengers, and leading to the cancelation of the flight. The Taoyuan International Airport Corporation issued a press release stating it had received notification from the tower at about 7:40 p.m. Scoot Flight TR993 was taxiing on the ground and about to take off when the blaze broke out. Crew members quickly extinguished the fire, while the aircraft was guided back to the apron for inspection and all 189 passengers safely exited the plane.

The airport said the fire was caused by a passenger's power bank that caught fire, and two passengers suffered minor injuries, including slight burns to the hands and a bruise on the bridge of the nose. The fire did not affect other flights at the airport. A passenger told PTS Taiwan that smoke suddenly started emitting from a bag, while its owner threw it on the ground, and it erupted in flames. The passenger said that smoke started billowing, and flight attendants grabbed fire extinguishers to put out the fire. Another passenger said that when the fire broke out, Scoot crew members "immediately grabbed fire extinguishers and sprayed them to put out the fire. After spraying the fire extinguishers, there was a lot of smoke, so photos make it look smoky." However, the passenger said that the flames were not that large, similar to "burning joss paper we commonly use at home."

In addition to arranging for passengers to clear customs, Scoot will also reschedule flights and provide accommodation and meals for those affected. Scoot emphasized that maintaining the safety of passengers and crew is its top priority, and the Taiwan Transportation Safety Board is also investigating the incident. The injured passengers decided to continue on the same flight, while six passengers decided to make other arrangements. The airline is compensating passengers for transportation expenses to return to their residences or accommodations until they can get on the next flight. The flight from Taipei to Singapore has been rescheduled to depart at 7:35 p.m. on Wednesday evening and arrive in Singapore at 12:20 a.m. on Thursday (Jan 12).


Spate of Scoot 'flight disruptions'
It is harder for planes to take off in extreme heat, as higher temperatures reduce the performance of an aircraft’s engines and the lift that it needs to take off. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Passengers on board at least two Scoot flights from Athens to Singapore had to fly without their baggage after the heatwave engulfing Greece affected aircraft performance.

On Tuesday, another Scoot flight from Athens to Singapore, which is usually a direct non-stop route, had to refuel in Amritsar, India, as the plane began the journey with less fuel to accommodate baggage.

In response to queries, the budget airline attributed the disruptions to the “extreme weather conditions” that have been afflicting the Greek capital, where temperatures have exceeded 40 deg C.

World's Best Airline 2023
Singapore Airlines is named the World’s Best Airline at the 2023 World Airline Awards

Singapore Airlines has been voted the World’s Best Airline at the 2023 World Airline Awards, the fifth time that the airline has scooped the Airline of the Year title in the 23 year history of the awards.

The 2023 World Airline Awards have been announced in a gala ceremony held in the iconic Air and Space Museum at the Paris Air Show. More than 350 guests attended the event from airlines across the world, with a large number of airline CEO’s, Presidents and Senior Management present to accept their awards. As has become customary at the World Airline Awards, there were a lot of uniformed airline cabin crew showing off the airline corporate brands.

Widely regarded as ‘the Oscars of the aviation industry’, the World Airline Awards began in 1999, and remain totally independent and impartial with all of the customer survey costs and awards event paid by the organisers, Skytrax. The seven times winner of the prestigious Airline of the Year award, Qatar Airways, was ranked No 2 in the world for 2023, with ANA All Nippon Airways in third place, Emirates fourth, and Japan Airlines in fifth position, out of more than 325 airlines included in the survey results.


Teochew Kueh 潮 州 粿

Our Top Picks for Teochew Kueh

Kueh is a broad term that refers to morsels that resemble dumplings. And it is most commonly used in countries tied to the Southeast Asian region such as Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. These bite-sized treats can be both savoury or sweet, depending on the preparation. While the Indonesian and Malaysian kuehs have the tendency to teeter on the sweet side, the Chinese or more specifically Teochew kuehs, are more savoury.

Some of the more popular Teochew-style kuehs including soon kueh (stuffed with bamboo shoots, jicama and dried shrimps), png kueh (stuffed with an aromatic mixture of pork, mushrooms, shallots, peanuts and diced dried radish), ku chye kueh (dried shrimps and Chinese chives) and ang ku kueh (sweet dumplings made to resemble tortoises filled with a variety of fillings from sweet mung bean to peanut, yam to coconut).

While there isn't a bad time to be consuming these little parcels, they're more commonly had for breakfast. Here are five spots that start hawking their Teochew-style kuehs early:
  • Yong's Teochew Kueh
  • Fatt Soon Kueh
  • Ji Xiang Confectionery
  • Poh Cheu
  • Hong Shan Ang Ku Kueh

Kueh And Snacks has traditional handmade kueh in Bukit Merah

If you live near Queensway or Bukit Merah, you may have come across Kuehs And Snacks (Ah Ma Kueh). This old-school kueh stall has been around for over 30 years, with its recipes passed down from owner Chin Siew Ying, affectionately known as Ah Ma.

Kuehs and Snacks is said to be the first place in Singapore to sell Black Herbal Kueh AKA chi kak kueh or shu ke kueh (鼠 壳 粿). This fragrant kueh, traditionally eaten during the Chinese New Year season, is made with herbal leaves from China. You can choose from three fillings: herbal leaves, green bean, and black sesame. Another lesser-seen kueh is the Bamboo Shoot Kueh. Also referred to as the OG version of soon kueh, this old-school snack features fresh bamboo imported from Malaysia for a sweet and crunchy texture.

The range of handmade Ang Ku Kueh is not to be missed, too. Classic flavours include Green Bean, Salty Bean, and Peanut, but you can also get modern fillings such as Durian. If orh nee is up your alley, try their Yam flavour, featuring creamy and earthy yam paste in the between purple-hued mochi skin. As everything is made fresh daily, you might want to give them a call before heading down if you’re looking for a specific kueh. Alternatively, pre-order online to avoid getting disappointed!

Extra-stuffed, extra-tasty Teochew soon kueh in Joo Chiat

As we navigate these days of automation, industrialisation and mass production, it feels like we’ve lost that human touch – a sense of belonging and a connection to a remembered past. In my personal search for culinary authenticity, I’ve found a taste of the past that connects me to the Teochew side of my heritage.

Madam Tay Lee Tiong’s traditional savoury kuehs were a delight to discover, thanks to the recommendation of my Makan Kaki and author of the cookbook The Way Of Kueh, Christopher Tan. Through the course of research for his book, he met this formidable woman with an equally formidable skill in creating traditional Teochew snacks like soon kueh, png kueh and koo chye kueh (all of which are variations of steamed rice cakes or dumplings, stuffed with different fillings). At Ah Yee’s Soon Kueh (named for Madam Tay, whom everyone calls “Auntie”, or “Ah Yee” in Mandarin), the gregarious ladyboss calls out friendly greetings to customers from behind the glass counter, while deftly shaping her kuehs for steaming. She has no formal training in the culinary arts, but has learnt the way many women of her generation did – through marriage and the necessity of taking care of a large household.

Making traditional Teochew kueh at home for prayers and important Taoist festivals was part and parcel of her kampung life in Changi. She picked up the skills by observing an auntie who was the designated family kueh-maker. When she needed someone to take over, Madam Tay gamely stepped into the role, perfecting her recipes by trial and error, improving through the help of neighbours and those she met at the temple.

Teochew Png Kueh

One might think that sealed in this bright pink chewy flour skin is a sweet treat. But under that sweet delicate looking exterior is a whole new world of flavourful glutinous rice filling, bringing with it a savoury twist.

To make Png Kueh, you would need a special wooden mould in a shape of a peach with a pointed edge. Its unmistakable peach shape comes about from the Chinese symbol of longevity, hence the custom for Chinese to use these as offerings during religious ceremonies. Pink for the gods in heaven and white for the gods in hell. Not only does the filing play a big part in the taste, the skin also makes or breaks a good Png Kueh. If you want your Png Kueh skin thin, sticky and tender, make sure to watch the ratio of flour and water. Too much flour makes the skin tough while too much water makes it fall apart. But fret not, follow our recipe and you have no worries getting that soft bouncy texture.

Add a boost to that savoury flavour and drizzle on sweet soy sauce. This delicate sweet pink Teochew traditional snack, makes your day even just by looking – the perfect comfort food enjoyed by all generations at any time of the day.

A Truly Teochew Delicacy: Ku Chai Kuih 韭 菜 粿

Ku Chai Kuih or Teochew Chive Dumplings is also known as Teochew Hun Kuih. These dumplings are steamed, hence making them a great healthy yet tasty and light snack. Not to forget, it’s also my family’s all time favourite snack. Growing up in a Teochew family, I have always enjoyed my mum’s home cooked Teochew delicacies. And this type of dumplings always rekindle fond memories of her and is very close to my heart.

The traditional Teochew Chive Dumpling is made using either rice flour or tapioca flour. However, those commonly sold and popular today are mostly made with wheat starch which yields the signature transparent and crystal like skin. The skill in making Ku Chai Kuih actually lies very much in making the skin. On steaming the dumplings, it should become transparent and has a soft, chewy texture.

The main ingredients for the dumpling’s filling consist of only chives and dried shrimps. Sometimes the best taste does come from the simplest of ingredients. The fragrance of garlic chives and the savoury aroma of dried shrimp enrich the overall taste of this steamed dumplings. In addition, the emerald hue of chives can be seen under the dumpling’s translucent skin making it look so appealing and appetising. You will not stop at one, that I can assure you.

Teochew Png Kuih Revisited 潮 州 饭 桃

It is interesting that I have another recipe of Teochew Png kuih since I already have one recipe in this post: Rice Cake In A Peach Form?… Png Tao (饭 桃, 米 包 米, 饭 粿, 潮 州 红 桃 粿 issued on July 2014. There is nothing wrong with the recipe but that recipes suits busy house chefs and using short cut methods.

Just to tell readers very frankly, tentatively, I have accepted one local Chinese TV station’s invitation to share my png kuih recipe but thinking of the old recipe worries me. I am visualizing there are a lot of Teochew ah ma sitting in front of the television and scrutinizing me how I prepare their traditional, respected and favourite festival kuih… I am sure they will laugh and cannot accept my short cut  method of preparation since they are all experts in preparing such kuih for many years.

I knew the traditional method, I issued my first recipe is to facilitate the new house chefs that are busy housewives. When I thought that since I am going to appear in TV, as a respect to traditional cuisines, I must show the audience the proper, traditional way of preparing this  kuih.. I cannot take any short cut and I must use the most traditional recipe and that is why I have decided to issue this recipe.

10 Best Teochew Kuehs In Singapore

Teochew kuehs are lesser known to the younger generations today in Singapore, and this has nothing to do with them being less delectable than other local delights.

For all you out there who are missing out on some of the best foods Singapore has to offer, here is a list counting down some of the best stalls where you can get some of that soon kueh, as soon as possible:
  • Lau Chong Kee Bedok Confectionary
  • Lai Heng Homemade Teochew Kueh
  • Ah Shen Ah Mah Teochew Kuehs and Snacks
  • Yong Xiang Carrot Cake
  • Poh Cheu Homemade Soon Kway Ang Ku Kueh
  • One Kueh At A Time
  • Teochew Kueh Stall @ Sims Vista Market & Food Centre
  • Fatt Soon Kueh
  • Ji Xiang Confectionery
  • Yong’s Teochew Kueh

Lai Heng Handmade Teochew Kueh – First Teochew Kueh Stall Awarded Michelin Bib Gourmand

Lai Heng Handmade Teochew Kueh 莱 兴 手 工 潮 州 粿 at Yuhua Place Market & Hawker Centre is one of the new entrants to the Michelin Bib Gourmand Singapore 2021 list, making it the first Teochew Kueh stall to be given the award.

There are a couple of semi-long queued stalls at Yuhua Place Market & Hawker Centre, such as Hua Xing Bak Kut Teh, Xing Yun Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice, Poon Kee Wanton Noodle, Li Fang Zhou Pin and Jing Jing Carrot Cake, but Lai Heng appears to be one of the most popular. Opened from 6:30am in the mornings (except Mondays when they are closed), you can see the hawkers hand-making the Teochew Kuehs within the small stall in neat clockwork.

There are four types of Kuehs being sold, from Soon Kueh (turnip and bamboo shoots), Ku Chai Kueh (chives), Chye Kueh (cabbage) and Peng Kueh (glutinous rice).

These are the best ang ku kueh in Singapore

Hand-crafted ang ku kueh are a rare find these days. But thankfully these three old school confectioneries have soldiered on and continued to roll out these sweet treats for our snacking pleasure.

Ang ku kueh or red tortoise cakes are shaped to look like tortoise shells with the Chinese character “shou” or “longevity” imprinted in the centre. They are often used as temple offerings particularly during Hungry Ghost and Ching Ming Festivals. It is also presented as an auspicious gift during a baby’s full month celebration.

A well-made kueh is soft and pleasantly chewy, with a smooth, delicate skin made of glutinous rice flour. Popular fillings can range from traditional sweet mung bean and peanut to yam and coconut. “For homemade ang ku kueh, the trickiest part is judging how much water to incorporate into the dough for the skin, as this depends partly on the rice flour and other starches used, the ambient humidity, and so on. The goal is a smooth and malleable dough that will retain the details of the ang ku kueh mould,” To have a bite of this sweet favourite, alongside a taste of yesteryear, here are three places that still sells hand-crafted ang ku kueh in Singapore:
  • Ji Xiang Confectionery
  • Lina Confectionery
  • Poh Cheu

15 Teochew Kuehs You Should Know If You Are A Teochew

Kuehs, kuehs and more kuehs. Do you know your kuehs? Here’s 15 Teochew kuehs you should know if you are a Teochew:
  • Gu Gue - Teochew Gu Gue is a delightful cake served as an offering during ancestor worships and rituals.
  • Bung Gue - With its peach-like shape, Bung Gue (rice cake also known as Red Peach cake) is a distinctive and popular Teochew cake.
  • Ci Kag Gue - Ci Kag Gue is a Teochew snack used for ancestor worship during the Qing Ming Festival (Tomb-Sweeping Day) and Dong Zhi Festival (Winter Solstice Festival).
  • Gan Gue - Teochew Gan Gue also commonly known as Huag Gue uses fermented rice to make the cakes which has no fillings and is mixed with white sugar for light sweetness.
  • Huag Gue - These mini Huag Gue is produced by fermented rice with no fillings and added with sugar for a sweet flavor.
  • Diam Gue - Glutinous rice and sugar make up the Teochew Diam Gue, meaning sweet cake.
  • Sung Gue - Sung Gue fillings are mainly made of bamboo shoots cut into thin strips, blending minced pork, mushrooms, shrimp etc.
  • Gu Cai Gue - Similar as the Sung Gue except its fillings are mainly made of finely chopped leek and blended with minced pork, shrimp etc. Gu Cai Gue skin is made using flour or rice powder and the cooking method for this cake can be either steamed or pan-fried.
  • Dao Sa Bian - With the insides containing either green or red bean paste, the Teochew Dao Sa Bian is made together by mixing oil, syrup sweetener like sweet sauce and then baked. It is either sweet or salty in fillings.
  • Hi Bian - The name Teochew Happiness cake comes literally from the Chinese word “Xi”, meaning happiness, which is stamped on the face of the cake.
  • La Bian - “La Bian” – “La” in Teochew means lard as this cake uses lard mixed with flour, sugar and filled with sweetened bean paste.
  • Neng Go - Apart from the Teochew mooncake, the Neng Go (“soft cake”) is also consumed during the Mid-Autumn Festival.
  • Lag Dao Go - Made up of green bean paste or green bean powder, Lag Dao Go (“Green Bean cake”) is generally mixed with sugar and occasionally with some sesame seeds.
  • Siu To Bao - Siu To Bao is shaped like a peach to represent longevity and fortune, filled with either bean or lotus paste and is steamed beautifully.
  • Dao Diao - Peanut candy in China is a common snack. However, the Teochew peanut candy, Dao Diao is characterized by using lard, peanut, sugar and maltose, all mixed well together and heated until they have thickened and solidified.

Yong's Teochew Kueh (Upper Serangoon)

Traditional Teochew kuehs which are handmade daily and always bursting with nicely seasoned fillings.

The skin used on their kueh has a very thin and soft texture that breaks easily upon biting into it and they include dried shrimps in most of their kueh that makes it very fragrant and aromatic.

The kueh is plump, stuffed with lots of fillings and they are also quite big in size if I am to compare them with a png kueh.

Yong’s Teochew Kueh has cheap traditional kueh in Kovan

Teochew kueh arrived in Singapore along with 19th-century settlers from Chaoshan, Southern China. Both sweet and savoury versions of their staple food are still appreciated today, though to a smaller extent, as these kueh seem to be falling out of favour with the younger generation.

Personally, I am a big fan of these humble but hearty snacks though I don’t see them being sold around as often. When I heard about Yong’s Teochew Kueh, it reminded me that I haven’t eaten savoury kueh for a while, so I decided to head down immediately to give them a try.

Yong’s Teochew Kueh, a well-established brand since 1988, has gained significant media coverage and a large following over the years. Yong’s Teochew Kueh is a 10-minute walk away from Kovan MRT Station. It was hard to miss the brightly lit store that boasted a bustling ambience, with many staff workers preparing batches of kueh. The experience here was homely and akin to visiting my grandparents’ house for a meal, as a friendly staff auntie pointed out the dishes she’d recommend.

10 Best Places For Teochew Kueh In Singapore For Those Who Desire Good Old Taste

While our palate has evolved beyond simple rice and noodle-based dishes, Teochew Kueh is almost a faint whisper amongst the sea of trending culinary delights.

Here are the 10 best places for Teochew Kueh in Singapore that will satisfy your tastebuds for some good old snacks:
  • Yong’s Teochew Kueh
  • Poh Cheu Homemade Soon Kway Ang Ku Kueh
  • Lai Heng Homemade Teochew Kueh
  • Fatt Soon Kueh
  • Yoon’s Traditional Teochew Kueh
  • Ah Shen Ah Mah Teochew Kuehs and Snacks
  • Sims Vista Market and Food Centre
  • One Kueh At A Time
  • Lau Chong Kee Bedok Confectionery
  • Ji Xiang Confectionery

Soon Kueh And Koo Chai Kueh

For those who have been too Swatow, you will know that Soon Kueh and Koo Chai Kueh there are pan fried, cut open and served with chilli sauce. This stall which recently got their Michelin Bib Gourmand is true to their Teochew roots and will pan fry your kueh for you for 10 cents more.m so $1 per kueh.

So the kueh is now crispy on outside, soft and chewy on the inside. The filling is a mixture of bamboo shoots and jicama. Unlike most others, there is no overpowering taste of pepper. It is sweet and crunchy jicama although I wish there would be more dried shrimps.

The Koo Chai Kueh is nice as well, with fresh chives and dried shrimps. This one I would recommend not to pan fry as it ends up very greasy from the extra oil in the chives filling. The portions are small, literally you can finish off each with one mouthful. And as my breakfast kaki commented, if the Soon Kueh is good, you don’t need chilli and sweet sauce. Well done Lai Heng! Certainly coming back for more.

14 Traditional Soon Kueh Stalls In Singapore That Even Your Grandparents Will Approve Of

Soon kueh deserves more attention than it gets. Comprising a translucent rice flour skin and packed with jicama, dried shrimp and mushrooms, it’s an old-school snack that is both healthy and tasty. Plus, it’s one of the few dishes that brings me back to my Teochew roots. If you’ve never tried it before, it is high time you check out these traditional soon kueh stalls found all around Singapore.


Pink Dot 2023


Thousands gathered for the fifteenth edition of Pink Dot at Hong Lim Park, and the first to take place following the historic repeal of Section 377A in 2022. The event culminated in a night-time formation with the word “Family” lighting up the night in the colours of the rainbow. 

“Since repeal, we have heard countless conversations about the need to protect ‘family values’ from the LGBTQ+ community. What are you protecting families from? We have families and love them too,” said Pink Dot SG spokesperson Clement Tan. “LGBTQ+ people are often minorities within our own families and often face rejection by the very people who are meant to support us. When we strive to form our own versions of family, we encounter obstacles because we do not fit the mould of a traditional nuclear family. We are told that our bonds are not worthy of recognition and that we do not belong here. It was thus so beautiful to see families – biological and chosen, ally and queer – coming together at Pink Dot to take a stand for a more inclusive Singapore, one which celebrates and supports all families regardless of what they look like.”

Elaborating on Pink Dot’s direction after repeal advocacy, he said: “Our advocacy will always reflect the community’s most pressing needs. Research shows that the community is most concerned about issues such as bullying and harassment, barriers to starting families, as well as barriers to buying homes. This year’s theme is a response not only to damaging anti-family narrative, but reflects a real concern shared by LGBTQ+ people and allies alike.” The findings are part of a study commissioned by Pink Dot in partnership with Milieu Insight, and will be released in full later this year.

Supporters of LGBTQ community gather at first Pink Dot event after 377A repeal
The crowd at Pink Dot formed the word "family" in rainbow colours on Jun 24, 2023. (Photo: CNA/Syamil Sapari)

At the first Pink Dot event after Singapore repealed Section 377A - a colonial-era law that criminalised gay sex - the mood was one of celebration, said participants and the organiser. Thousands turned up at Hong Lim Park on Saturday (Jun 24) to support the LGBTQ community. Like in previous years, many came with picnic mats, food and their pets.

A participant who was attending Pink Dot for the second time said that while the event appeared the same, she felt very different this time. "Last year when I was here, I felt very stressed out ... I think because we were fighting for the repeal," said the 18-year-old who identifies as gender fluid and only wanted to be known as Gwen. "(This year), the atmosphere is a lot calmer, peaceful."

Pink Dot, which started in 2009, had in the past advocated for the repeal of Section 377A. Parliament passed legislation last November to repeal the law. At the same time, the House passed amendments to the Singapore Constitution to protect the definition of marriage against legal challenge, making it clear that same-sex marriage was not on the cards after the repeal. This came after hours of debate over two days, during which Members of Parliament supported repealing 377A but also raised concerns about protecting traditional family structures and values.

Thousands throng Hong Lim Park to celebrate first Pink Dot SG rally since Section 377A repeal
The night ended with attendees getting together in a light-up formation spelling out the word “family”. ST PHOTO: GIN TAY

Hong Lim Park was again decked in pink as thousands celebrated the first Pink Dot SG rally since the repeal of Section 377A, the law that criminalised gay sex.

Saturday’s rally, the annual event’s 15th iteration, sought to celebrate the families of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people and to invite the public to take a stand in envisioning a Singapore for all families. Attendees wearing various shades of pink began streaming in at around 4pm. They laid out picnic mats on the grass, with some waving pink and rainbow flags as performers took to the stage.

Similar to past rallies, they had to show a photo identification to confirm that they are Singaporeans or permanent residents. Foreigners are not allowed to take part in Speakers’ Corner events, which includes the Pink Dot rally. Attendees’ bags were also searched for security reasons. The night ended with attendees, who were encouraged to bring pink torches, getting together in a light-up formation to spell out the word “family”.


Pink Dot, Singapore’s landmark LGBTQ+ rally, returns to Hong Lim Park on 24 June 2023 with a night-time formation and mainstays like the Pink Dot Concert, speeches and community tents. The fifteenth edition – the first since the repeal of Section 377A – seeks to showcase and celebrate the families of LGBTQ+ people in all their diversity and affirm that they too, deserve a place in Singapore.

“Family should be a source of love, safety and comfort. However, LGBTQ+ people experience so much rejection and hurt, not only from family members who may struggle to accept us, but from segments of society who espouse harmful messages that pit us against ‘family values’,” said Pink Dot SG Spokesperson, Clement Tan. “The idea that LGBTQ+ people are a threat to families is preposterous. We have families too, and we love them and stand by them every day. These messages not only drive a wedge within Singapore society, they also divide households by turning family members against each other.”

In a campaign video featuring non-traditional families, Pink Dot sends the message that families are not defined by what they look like, but rather by the love we hold, the sacrifices we make, and the bonds we choose to forge. It welcomes all families to attend the event.

Pink Dot SG
Aerial photograph of the inaugural Pink Dot event held on Saturday, 16 May 2009 at Hong Lim Park.

Pink Dot SG, (more commonly referred to simply as Pink Dot) was first held on Saturday, 16 May 2009.

It was Singapore's historic, first open air LGBT-supportive event. It established a record for the greatest number of participants to turn up for any congregation at Speakers' Corner, Hong Lim Park since the latter's inception.

The landmark gathering was accorded extensive coverage in the international and local media. In the years to come, similar eponymous events based on the original concept, values and messaging of Pink Dot would be held in cities all around the world.

Pink Dot SG
The LGBT community converging at Hong Lim Park in Singapore for Pink Dot SG in 2014

Pink Dot SG, known exonymously as Pink Dot, is an event that has occurred annually since 2009 in support of the LGBT community in Singapore. Attendees of Pink Dot events gather to form a "pink dot" to show support for inclusiveness, diversity and the freedom to love in the country. Pink Dot events typically include concert performances and booths sponsored by organizations that support the LGBT community and cause in addition to the event's name-brand formation.

The success of Pink Dot in Singapore has inspired similar events in several other countries, leading to the event to become known as Pink Dot SG — SG being an initialism for Singapore. It has been held each year in Singapore from 2009 to 2019 at the Speakers' Corner in Hong Lim Park on a Saturday in the months of May, June or July. The 2020 and 2021 editions were held as online livestreams, in view of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The 2022 edition was held in-person once again in June.

In September 2008, the rules governing activities conducted at Singapore's Speakers' Corner at Hong Lim Park were relaxed, allowing demonstrations organised by Singaporeans to be held at the park, providing that all participants are either citizens or permanent residents. This allowed the first Pink Dot SG event to take place at the Speakers' Corner on 16 May 2009. A total of nine Pink Dot events have been held in Singapore, occurring annually on Saturdays in May, June or July. Many organisations around the world modeled LGBT events after the Pink Dot concept, often borrowing the "Pink Dot" prefix. For distinction, the Singapore events became known as Pink Dot SG. The design of the Pink Dot SG mascot "Pinkie", a personification of the pink dot, was provided by graphic designer Soh Ee Shaun.

Pink Dot SG
Straits Times article dated 25 September 2008

Pink Dot SG is a non-profit movement started by a group of disparate individuals. Dr Roy Tan, a medical practitioner with a passionate interest in archiving the history of Singapore's LGBT community, wanted to take advantage of the liberalisation, with effect from 1 September 2008, of rules governing activities that could be conducted at Speakers’ Corner, Hong Lim Park. He initially registered with the National Parks Board to stage a traditional pride parade on Saturday, 15 November 2008. The LGBT community's immediate response to the idea of a pride parade held in Singapore was less than encouraging. Tan’s promotion of the event on SiGNeL, a local LGBT mailing list, largely drew a blank. Slightly frustrated, he resolved to conduct a one-man pride parade with himself as the only person marching if it boiled down to that as he was determined to set a precedent that would facilitate the organisation of such events in the future. There was a real fear amongst closeted individuals that participating in a parade would be indirectly outing themselves to the world, especially with the intense media coverage that such a groundbreaking development in the conservative republic was expected to attract. Moreover, a pride parade was traditionally a form of protest and Singaporeans had become conditioned to being averse to protest marches after decades of authoritarian rule. As such, other community activists were concerned that the event might not gain the larger mainstream public acceptance that was its aim. Pink Dot SG evolved in the ensuing months out of brainstorming discussions by key stakeholders, rustled up by Tan with the help of his friend Dominic Chua.

The novel concept of forming a giant pink dot itself, never before employed in any LGBT-supportive event in the world, was the brainchild of Pink Dot organising committee member and Fridae's Chinese section editor Choo Lip Sin. However, it must be mentioned that the first activist-inspired public gathering of people dressed in pink was organised by Miak Siew and took place 1 year earlier, in 2007, during the Pink Picnic held at the Botanic Gardens during the third year of IndigNation, Singapore's LGBT pride month. Also, Bian Tan was the first person to suggest on SiGNeL that a gathering of people togged out in pink would have more broad-based appeal than a gay pride parade. The rationale was that a mixed crowd of both straight and LGBT participants dressed the same way to support a cause would circumvent the problem of outing oneself as it would mean that just because one was seen at the event, this would not necessarily signify that one was gay. The design of the Pink Dot mascot, affectionately named "Pinkie", was later provided pro bono by straight graphic designer Soh Ee Shaun. Soh's help was solicited by Dominic Chua, a personal friend of his. The crafting of the PR-friendly slogan "Support the Freedom to Love", which was a concerted attempt to move away from using the word "rights" and which later gained widespread currency both locally and internationally, was the work of Ash Lim. Dr Stuart Koe, CEO of Fridae.com, generously agreed to making his immensely popular and socially responsible LGBT portal Pink Dot's first corporate sponsor. Koe provided website information technology, creative, marketing and logistics support, the use of the Fridae office for meetings, and at least $2,000 to get the inaugural event off the ground.

Prior to September 2008, Pink Dot would have been an illegal event, with the police regarding it as a form of demonstration in violation of the rules governing the use of the Speakers' Corner. For 8 years since its inception in 2000, users of Speakers' Corner were required to register themselves at the police post and were prohibited from employing any audio amplification equipment or conducting themselves in a manner which may be deemed a public protest or demonstration. The status quo changed on 1 September 2008 when the Government decided to relax the rules to allow for protests, demonstrations and self-powered sound systems, all made permissible by just a simple online registration with the National Parks Board (NParks). However, this newfound right was secured through years of effort by activists to open up political space and to persuade Singaporeans to accept the idea of peaceful protests. It took arrests, fines and prison sentences suffered by activists, in particular Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) leader Dr Chee Soon Juan. Chee made a decision in 1999 to risk imprisonment by embarking on a long-drawn campaign of civil disobedience to bring the government to bear for its refusal to honour its citizens' rights to free speech and assembly.