Category: Confectionary

CNY Special – Amethyst Pastry & Cakes

By , January 30, 2014

Amethyst Pineapple Cheese Tarts (Available Blk 524A Jelapang Road #02-04 Greenridge Shopping Centre. Tangs Market Basement 1, Takashimaya Square Basement 2, Raffles XChange)

Amethyst Pastry & Cakes claim that they are the first to create the popular cheese pineapple tarts. Of course there are many copycats but few can compare to the original.

The cheese on the outer layer adds a tinge of saltiness which makes a fine blend with the sweetness of the fillings.

While the pineapple filling may slightly too jam-my and sweet, they got the crust and size right.

8 Favourite Pineapple Tarts for Chinese New Year

CNY Special – Sweet Musings Taiwanese Pineapple Cakes

By , January 30, 2014

Sweet Musings Taiwanese Pineapple Cakes (Available at Star Vista)

You won’t miss this huge machinery at this shop with chefs at work, churning out goodies which show that the Taiwanese delights are not imported, but made fresh within the store at Star Vista.

Sweet Musings sells Taiwanese pineapple cakes ($22.50 for box of 10 pieces) made in-house.

The ‘Lao Ban Niang’ Erica Wang says that she uses only high quality imported ingredients, such as gluten-free ‘super-light’ flour from Taiwan to achieve the texture she wants. The pineapple jam is slightly bitter, not as sweet as the other brands, good for those who likes a lighter touch. (Read: Sweet Musings The Star Vista)

8 Favourite Pineapple Tarts for Chinese New Year

CNY Special – SunnyHills Pineapple Cakes

By , January 29, 2014

SunnyHills Pineapple Cakes (Available at Raffles Hotel)

Though there are many Taiwanese branded pineapple cakes in Singapore, SunnyHills ($25 for box of 10) takes the lead for its quality.

I have tried many Taiwanese pineapple cakes. But these made with Nantou’s indigenous pineapples, New Zealand butter, Japanese gourmet flour, and plump-yolked eggs where the chickens listen to classical music, are buttery fragrant and pleasant tasting. The jam has a mellow sweetness without being overpowering. (Read: SunnyHills Singapore Raffles Hotel)

8 Favourite Pineapple Tarts for Chinese New Year

CNY Special – Kele Cakes & Cookies’ Pineapple Tarts

By , January 29, 2014

Kele Cake’s Pineapple Tarts (Available at Jurong Point, Causeway Point, AMK Hub, Parkway Parade, and factory at 15 Jalan Tepong, Jurong Food Hub #06-16 Singapore 619336)

Kele Cakes & Cookies’ Pineapple Tarts shot into fame when they won the ‘Best-Tasting Pineapple Tarts’ out of 100 entries in a search conducted by a local mall.

They are a family business which has been around for almost 30 years, with the current recipe tweaked through years of experimentation and feedback.

Kele has a balanced touch on the tarts – pastry not too hard or crumbly, with generous portion of pineapple jam without tilting to overly sweet or sour. It is yes, just nice.

8 Favourite Pineapple Tarts for Chinese New Year

CNY Special – Rasa Sayang Pineapple Balls

By , January 21, 2014

Rasa Sayang Pineapple Balls (Available at Takashimaya Basement 2, Novena Square and Raffles Exchange)

Big is not always better, and small can have its beauty. Rasa Sayang’s pineapple balls ($18) has a circumference of a 10 cent coin, makes a good ‘pop’ without filling overly guilty. The risk, you may just ‘pop’ ten pieces at a go. These are 100% handmade in their confectionary in Jakarta, following a Dutch inspired recipe using Holland butter for the crust. The butter fragrance does make you feel like you are having kueh lapis at times.

8 Favourite Pineapple Tarts for Chinese New Year

CNY Special – Mei Xin Goods of Desire Mahjong Pineapple Tiled Tarts

By , January 21, 2014

Mei Xin Goods of Desire Mahjong Pineapple Tiled Tarts (Available at Goods of Desire Clarke Quay and Takashimaya Basement 2)

This box is for Mahjong Addicts, a collaboration between Hong Kong’s Mei Xin Fine Goods and quirky Goods of Desire G.O.D. The mahjong tiles ($38 for 16 pieces) come in a metal box with a padlock (somewhere to lock your ang bao money) with rectangular buttery pineapple tarts individually wrapped in boxes of ‘Fa Cai’ and ‘Hong Zhong’. Mei Xin is already known for their almond cookies and egg rolls, and this will add to becoming THE best-seller.

8 Favourite Pineapple Tarts for Chinese New Year

CNY Special – Crystal Jade Bolo Pineapple Tarts

By , January 20, 2014

Crystal Jade Bolo Pineapple Tarts (Available at Crystal Jade My Bread AMK Hub, Ngee Ann City, Holland Village, Toa Payoh HDB Hub, Bugis Junction, Suntec City, Yew Tee Point, Causeway Point, Heartland Mall, International Plaza etc)

The very creative Crystal Jade My Bread has R&Ded ingenious pineapple ‘bolo’ tarts ($19.80 for pack of 16). Imagine the bolo bun in a bite-sized tart, with the same crumbly goodness, centered with delicious pineapple jam. It is just amazing how the entire texture of the tart feels exactly like the ‘bolo’ bun, except it is much smaller. Having the best of both worlds, this tart is almost unbelievable and extremely addictive. (Read: Crystal Jade My Bread Bolo Tarts)

8 Favourite Pineapple Tarts for Chinese New Year

CNY Special – Le Café Pineapple Golf Balls

By , January 20, 2014

Le Café Pineapple Golf Balls (Available at 264 Middle Road)

Some food reviewers claimed that “they are the best pineapple tarts” and “the king of pineapple tarts”. These tarts from Le Cafe Confectionery & Pastry, better known as ‘golf balls’, are big, fat and huge – almost the size of a ping pong. If you like your tarts buttery and crumbly, you would fall in love with this. Their balls are heavily packed with home-made pineapple jam which are all manufactured in-house. (Read: Le Café Confectionery Middle Road)

8 Favourite Pineapple Tarts for Chinese New Year

Singapore’s Old School Cake Shops from the 60s – Tiong Bahru Galicier Pastry

By , June 18, 2013

When asked the year Tiong Bahru Galicier was founded, owner Jenny Soh looked a little stunned (as if nobody ever asked that question before), “Before the world war, before I was born!” and laughed. She still had a photo dated 1975 of her old shop located at Orchard Road, and said she would have been a very rich woman had her shop not made way for the shopping centres.

Fans of nonya cakes have to be careful stepping into Tiong Bahru Galicier. It sells so many old-fashioned kueh you would feel like buying the entire shop! Getting to know their products is an excellent food history lesson! Their variety include the orange Pandan Tapioca Cake (60 cents), Ondeh Ondeh (60 cents), Kueh Kosoi (70 cents), Kueh Ambon honeycomb cake ($1.20) and Kueh Salat (90 cents). I must confess that I had never seen or tried a Lemper Udang ($1.20) until recently – a glutinous rice roll filled with spicy dried shrimp wrapped in a banana leaf. This is like nonya sushi meets bak zhang, and is so yummy being savoury and sweet at the same time.

Tiong Bahru Galicier Pastry
55 Tiong Bahru Road #01-39 Singapore 160055 (5 min walk from Tiong Bahru Market) Tel: +65 6324 1686
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 9am-9pm, Closed Mon

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Singapore’s Old School Cake Shops from the 60s – Sembawang Confectionery

By , June 17, 2013

Sembawang Confectionery was first set up in Katong back in 1962, then at Thomson Road and was well-liked for its chicken pies, curry puffs and sausage rolls. However, popularity of these items went down due to the widespread opening of modern bread shops. Even then, the owner refused to be stingy on ingredients, while insisting on keeping prices low. He shared three formulas to keep his customers loyal: Use quality ingredients; make good food; and sell them cheaper than others.

Its present location at Beach Road would zap you into a time machine back to the past, with its tiled flooring, red lanterns and sale of old-school cakes. Of course I was surprised to find the Traffic Light Cake ($1.20). I haven’t seen these since I left primary school. They are still soft and fluffy on the sponge, and thick and creamy on its top layer, exactly how I remember it used to taste like.

Sembawang Confectionery
Blk 6, Beach Road #01-4869 Singapore 190006 (near Beach Road Army Market) Tel: +65 6295 3965)
Opening Hours 10:30am – 7:00pm Daily

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