If you ever come across a Bruneian anywhere in the world, ask them about their favourite local cakes, and you’re bound to hear one or two from this list! Earn extra brownie points by saying “kueh” (koo-eh) instead of cake, and you’ll never hear the end of it!
The Bruneian traditional kueh is similar to many traditional cakes from around the region, such as in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Nobody knows where the true origins of each traditional kueh came from in Brunei, but we know it all started from the water village – Kampong Ayer many decades ago. Back in the day, due to limited supply of resources, Bruneian cake makers would make use of natural elements and materials to prepare the cake, such as wrapping with leaves, and making use of all parts of a coconut or palm tree.
Today, Bruneian kueh-kueh (plural for kueh) are still as popular as ever due to the nostalgia and historical heritage that it carries with every bite.
For the intrigued foodies and sweet tooths, here is a breakdown of ten popular traditional kueh that you have to try in Brunei: