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!
Pineapple Tarts Singapore
Fancy some melt-in-your-mouth pineapple tarts? Look no further than Pineapple Tarts Singapore which has introduced a wide variety of unique pineapple tarts that hold surprises. Available are the signature original flavour and contemporary flavours such as Cheese (Cheezylicious), Salted Egg Yolk (YOlkLO), Mala (SIAO LA), Charcoal Truffle(Double Truffle) and Nyonya. There is truly something for everyone.
Our favourite is definitely the classic Original flavour which promises a buttery pastry and a pineapple filling with just the right amount of sweetness. It won all our hearts, and we couldn’t stop raving about them! We finished the entire bottle in no time. We also enjoyed the Cheezylicious very much. The fragrance of Parmesan melds nicely with the lovely pastry. This combination has a good balance of sweetness and savouriness, and is very addictive.
You can get their CNY goodies at their store in Thomson V Two, or via (http://pineappletarts.sg). Same-day islandwide delivery is available, and they are able to deliver on demand (within 60 minutes) as well.
Wang Lai Bakery
Wang Lai Bakery is a familiar brand to regulars at the annual Chinese New Year bazaar in Chinatown. Even though there is no CNY bazaar this year, you still can get a piece of their goodies online, while stocks last!
Carrying on the tradition for four generations since 1968, they still hand make all orders despite the sheer number of orders they receive.
This year, they have four types of pineapple tarts going at an extremely affordable price of $19.90 per bottle(for pre-orders before 31 January 2021). Take your pick from the fully wrapped pastry pineapple tarts in original, cheese, premium cranberry flavour, or the traditional open-face Nyonya pineapple tarts.
The crumbly pastry has a strong buttery fragrance that keeps you coming back for more! Be prepared for a beautiful mess as you take a bite of the pineapple tart. If you’re worried about it being too sweet, you can be assured that it won’t be the case with Wang Lai Bakery’s pineapple tarts.
Enjoy early bird promotions of 30% off all goodies for pre-orders before 31 January 2022. Head over to their website at CNY Goodies Singapore to place your orders now!
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!
Zee and Elle
Zee and Elle is known for their gorgeously ethereal cakes and pretty dessert boxes. This festive season, the longstanding cake business is prepared to wow patrons again with tarts and cookies rocking flavours inspired by nature. Among their freshly-baked goods, we’re most excited to get our hands on the Mango Yuzu Tarts ($32.90) which are shaped like a pineapple ball tart. You’ll be in for a refreshing change of pace as you sink your teeth into the buttery crust that has been infused with Japanese yuzu. Sweet and citrusy, this melt-in-your-mouth treat comes jam-packed (see what we did there?) with an addictive handcrafted mango jam. Of course, one CNY snack isn’t enough for us! Another delicious twist to indulge in is the Black Tea Pineapple Tarts ($32.90), a buttery black tea-infused creation stuffed with premium pineapple jam, and Bandung Coconut Cookies ($27.80) that combine the gentle fragrance of rose petals, condensed milk, and a crunchy shredded coconut filling.
Enjoy 10% off when you purchase three bottles of cookies or tarts with Gryphon’s cold-brew tea. Pre-orders will conclude on 25 January 2022 at 5pm. Visit their website to place your orders.
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
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
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!