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3rd Gen Hainanese Kueh Makers Open Cute Shop In Bras Basah, Includes 19-Year-Old Ex-Chocolatier

The cousins continue their late grandma’s legacy by selling her yi bua at their photogenic shop, All Things Hainanese.

3rd Gen Hainanese Kueh Makers Open Cute Shop In Bras Basah, Includes 19-Year-Old Ex-Chocolatier

Say ‘kueh’ and most of us think of colourful nonya kueh, which can easily be found island-wide from hawker stalls to Bengawan Solo chain stores. Hainanese kueh, on the other hand, is far less common, so it’s refreshing to find a hipster joint selling it among the musty book stores at Bras Basah Complex. 

All Things Hainanese, which started as a home-based business, caught our eye immediately with their signboard in a quiet corner of level 2. The cute logo features their signature yi bua (glutinous rice kueh with grated coconut, peanuts, sesame seeds and gula Melaka), outlined with neon lights. Step into the pretty white and coconut green-themed shop, and you’ll be greeted by an Instagrammable mural of an affable old lady holding a tray of yi bua. 

This is the late Madam Yeoh Min Lin, grandma to four young kueh makers – (from left in pic) Josephine Loi, 24, Jocelyn Loi, 30, Charmaine Goh, 19, and Esmond Goh, 24. Jocelyn, Charmaine and Esmond hand-make the kueh and bake their cookies daily in their kitchen which, unfortunately, isn’t a show kitchen so we couldn’t witness the process.  

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