This database contains a collection of Mandarin terms which have cultural, historical or sentimental value unique to Singapore. These terms may be used by Singaporeans in the past or at present. Some of the terms are read in print while others are used in our everyday conversations.
Food / Plants
A snack or pastry (known as kueh) made from glutinous rice. The Mandarin name literally translates as “red tortoise cake”, named after its red-coloured skin made from flour and imprinted with a tortoise pattern.
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