10 Best Tasting Pineapple Tarts You Should Try in Singapore
Time flies! We have just welcome 2020 three weeks ago. Yet, in about a weeks’ time, we will be having our annual reunion dinner with our loved ones to welcome the Lunar New Year! This festive season is all about getting together with your family and friends, and catching up over a scrumptious spread of Chinese delicacies. Well, our favourite part of the Lunar New Year is getting to savour some of the BEST pineapple tarts in Singapore!
History of Pineapple Tarts
Have you wondered how pineapple tarts were brought into Singapore? The pineapple was first introduced to Asia by the Spaniards and Portuguese in the 16th and 17th centuries. The years that followed saw widespread pineapple plantations in Singapore which resulted in the country becoming an important center of the global pineapple-canning industry. One of the big pineapple plantation in Singapore is at the northern part of Singapore, where the present Yishun Town is located.
The creation of pineapple tarts was largely attributed to the Peranakans who were strongly influenced by the Portuguese settlers in Malaya, who in turn were well-known for their pastries and tarts. With the abundance of pineapples in the area, it was being turned into pineapple jam/paste. Combining the pastries and pineapple paste gave birth to the popular pineapple tarts today.
In Hokkien and Cantonese families, pineapple translates to “Ong Lai” which means “Prosperity Come” and to add, pineapple is golden in its rawest form, therefore giving these tarts to your loved ones signify the Gift of Gold and wishes of prosperity.
So, what makes a good pineapple tart?
Personally, we prefer ours to be fragrant, buttery and with the right amount of sweetness – everyone wants to have a 甜甜蜜蜜 (romantic) relationship right?! On top of this, the exterior shouldn’t be too flaky and the pastry shouldn’t be too dry. We love a good melt-in-your-mouth kinda pineapple tart! This year, we shortlisted TEN of our favourites all around Singapore!
Believe us when we say it was an extremely “unique” experience to journey to different corners of Singapore just to obtain our top ten favourite pineapple tarts. It was a literal journey to both the east side and the west! For example, did you know that Kele Confectionery’s “factory” is located at the Jurong Food Hub, which is right beside Jurong Fishery Port?! Yes, it sounds super far and out of reach yet, we took the trouble to switch between MRT and buses and were really satisfied as our efforts have paid off! The aroma lingering in the air inside their factory was so wonderful. Lucky for us, we were treated to a sampling session where we were offered to try their original traditional pineapple tarts, golden cheese pineapple balls and two new flavours, the cocoa pineapple balls, as well as, the black phoenix pineapple balls. Other than Kele Confectionery, we also went to places such as The Raffles Hotel, industrial area in Ubi and the culturally-rich Katong area for pineapple tarts! With all the walking and exploring, we feel less sinful having over-indulged in these addictively yummy pineapple tarts! Let us begin by introducing the ten different brands of pineapple tarts in no order of ranking.
What do you look for in pineapple tarts? For me, I like my pineapple tarts buttery and flaky, and packed with a pineapple filling that has a perfect balance of sweetness and sourness. As I grow older, I don’t want to waste my calories on bad pineapple tarts.
Freshly baked with no preservatives, Ding’s Bakery’s pineapple tarts come in three variations —Pineapple Tart (Ball), Nyonya Pineapple Tart, and Cheese Pineapple Tart. I really like the Pineapple Tart (Ball) because they are small enough to fit into my mouth, so there’s no need to worry about crumbs falling all over the place! I am very sure that you can’t stop at just one piece, or even one bottle! Wondering where you can get these goodies? Visit www.cnygoodies.sg!
Enjoy FREE delivery on orders above $100! You can also request for 90-minute same-day express delivery. All CNY goodies are HALAL certified!
Old Seng Choong
Old Seng Choong has launched a range of pineapple tarts this festive season – original pineapple tart, yuzu pineapple tart and figs pineapple tart. Can’t decide which one to get? Then go for the assorted version where you get all three flavours in a nice box. We tried their new figs pineapple tart – the jam is decent, it is not too sweet with crunchy bits of fruit. These attractive orbs are baked to a golden finish, you can’t plonk it all in one mouth. Take your time to savour each tart.
Amethyst Pastry & Cakes 紫晶阁西饼店
Over the years, Amethyst Pastry & Cakes has created two signature festive treats, their famous cheese pineapple tarts available every Lunar New Year and their Hainanese mooncakes which are available every Mid-Autumn Festival, that have delighted Singaporeans. Since year 2000, they have continually improved their pineapple tart recipes and introduced new items on top of their seasonal favourites. Their traditional pineapple balls has a balance of sweet and sour flavour. They have also created cheese flavoured pineapple tarts that has a salty and crispy layer.
For over fifteen years, Bake Inc has been providing customers with freshly baked daily bread and cakes and currently, they have ten confectionery stores island wide in Singapore. Each store offers a variety of products ranging from freshly baked daily bread, Singaporean’s favourite cakes and traditional assorted biscuits. During festive seasons such as the Lunar New Year, they do offer pineapple tarts too! They uses Sarawak pineapples, it’s not too sweet and quite juicy.
Address: Blk 449 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 #01-1713 S(560449)
Phone: 6455 6191
During this festive season, Bakerzin has launched their signature traditional Yuan Bao pineapple tarts. According to one of our friends, her mother even brought these “lucky yuan bao” into the casino! If you believe in such luck, do let us know if it really works! Sink your teeth into the irresistible buttery and crumbly crust of the pineapple crust, with various delicious pineapple fillings encased within! They also have Parmesan Cheese Pineapple Tarts. Parmigiano cheese from Italy is baked together in the buttery pastry, which gives a combination of saltiness from the cheese and lightly spiced pineapple filling, such that it wouldn’t overwhelm the sweetness.
Address: 101 Thomson Road #01-07/60, Singapore 307591
Phone: 6251 5550
Surprised to find a pastry shop smacked in the middle of an industrial area? Don’t give it a miss! They offer samplings for their Lunar New Year goodies and we are really wow-ed by their pineapple tarts. Although the shop front isn’t very attractive, the staffs are very friendly and helpful and their pastry is definitely worth every count of calories. Their pineapple tarts are surprisingly tart without being cloyingly sweet. Remember to grab them earlier or else the office crowd would have cleared their stocks by the end of the day!
The love for authentic Peranakan food is what inspired the Chin family to share their favourite recipes at Glory since 1979. Glory’s pineapple tarts has got heaps of pineapple jam pressed onto well-glazed buttery pastry tart base. Besides pineapple tarts, Glory offers customers festive cookies and snacks such as almond cookies, green pea cookies, chili tapioca crackers and more.
For years, Joyus has uphold their belief that, “every tart and every biscuit is made from traditional recipes passed down from generation to generation”. Its humble beginnings started out as a homely set up and Joyus is proud to have grown to become one of our locals’ favourite. From kneading to rolling, cutting, moulding and finally, packing these tarts, every step has been done passionately and dedicatedly in order to give customers the quality and warmth that can only be found in food that is baked from the heart. Pastries here are free from preservatives and colouring.
Address: Tanjong Pagar MRT Station, #B1-03
Since Kele’s business commencement 30 years ago, they have been continuing their spiritful legacy of pineapple tarts and pastries. Their pineapple tarts were voted the best in Singapore during a competition held by a local shopping mall in 2013. These tarts were also featured in a renowned airline’s travel magazine the following year. In their quest to be Singapore’s brand for pineapple tarts, Kele is dedicated to using the best quality ingredients in making mouthwatering products as souvenirs for their customers. We love their pineapple tarts because everything is well balanced, from the butter pastry all the way to the pineapple jam.
Address: 15 Jalan Tepong, Jurong Food Hub, #06-16, Singapore 619336
Phone: 6560 1249
Le Café Confectionery & Pastry
Le Café is one of Singapore’s oldest and finest cake and pastry shops since its establishment in 1949. Hence, it’s no surprise that they are well recognized for their quality and unique taste of their products. Their selections are 100% crafted by hand and contain no pork or lard. Le Café is also the first to introduce round pineapple tarts aka “Gold Ball” tarts! The moist pineapple filling is encased in their buttery, crumbly pastry. Mmm … A bite guarantees 100% gratification!
Le Café Confectionery
Address: 31/33 Mackenzie Road, #01-01, Singapore 228686
Phone: 6337 2417
With our shortlisted 10 favourite pineapple tarts brands, we roped in a total of 20 family and friends to help with our tasting session and grade according to the following criteria – (i) fragrance, (ii) buttery, (iii) sweetness, (iv) texture, (v) appearance and (vi) packaging. Grades range from 1 to 5, with 1 being poor to 5 being excellent. The total score is upon 30 marks. Our scores were collated and averaged out. Here’s our top 5 favourites!
The Pineapple Tart Balls have a great texture, and do not crumble when you hold them up. These bite-sized wonders, which are slightly flaky, promise a buttery pastry and an amazing homemade pineapple jam. The dense and textured pineapple jam is not too sweet, and sufficiently tart.
Pineapple tarts from Kele give customers the right amount of sweetness. Its pastry is not too flaky nor too dry, it simply melts in your mouth! Warning – this is extremely addictive! Haha! On top of its wonderful taste, the packaging is very presentable and this can easily be a good gift for anyone or everyone!
Le Café Confectionery & Pastry
Customers love this for their huge, unique “golf ball” size! It is filling enough and provides ample satisfaction. You know you need to run around visiting relatives and friends over the Lunar New Year to the extent you might not get to sit down for a proper meal due to too many visitings. Hence, this is the perfect snack to fill your tummy temporarily! Yums indeed!
We love that the pineapple fillings here are homemade, with no added preservatives nor colouring. Their packaging may look simple now but we feel that if they improve on their packaging, perhaps, more people might purchase and give this as presents to overseas friends, letting them know how good our Lunar New Year delicacies are.
Amethyst’s pineapple balls are miniature in size but still gives a burst of flavours. We feel if the size is slightly bigger, these pineapple balls will become hotsellers. We like its oriental packaging too!
Hope we have provided enough information as a guideline to help you decide on which sinfully delicious pineapple tarts are worth your calories. Do remember to order earlier to avoid disappointments! Here wishing you a prosperous and abundant Lunar New Year! Have fun and indulge more!
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