Billionaire heiress Kim Lim’s betrothal ceremony was the definition of grand. Apart from gifts featuring dried seafood delicacies and decadent cakes, Lim added a nod to Singapore’s unique food heritage by including these traditional desserts: Nonya kuehs also made an appearance—over 150 of them.
These Nonya delicacies were curated by Atlas Handcrafted, a luxury gifting marketplace specialising in avant-garde Nonya kueh platters. Many were ordered for the betrothal, and each serving was rich in symbolism and meaning.
“We made sure all the kuehs adhered to the traditions of guo da li. For Kim, it was important to be over the top and grand,” shares co-founder of Atlas Handcrafted, Mak Sin Wee.
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Some of the many kuehs selected included puteri ayu (steamed pandan coconut cakes) to bring royalty luck; ang ku kueh (glutinous rice flour wrapped around sweet filling) symbolising fertility; and ondeh ondeh (sweet rice cake balls filled with milten palm sugar) to represent a sweet and happy marriage. The sweet treats were also garnished with flowers and 24-karat gold leaf from Kanazawa, Japan.
According to Wee, Kim’s favourite was the kueh salat, a dessert consisting of glutinous rice steamed with coconut milk and layered with a rich pandan-flavoured custard.