Speaking of Tau Sar Piah (Mung Bean Biscuit), many would associate it with the famous Penang Tau Sar Piah (the small rounded type typically wrapped with 3 in a bag). You know what I mean if you are a fan of Tau Sar Piah.
There are many outlets/stalls selling Tau Sar Piah and you can easily find one within your neighbourhood town. You can find them in confectionery or bakery shop and there are many different variations with customised fillings to our local taste.
The traditional flavoured fillings are either sweet or salty though some may offer fillings like pandan, yam, green tea, durian, etc.
Of all those that I have tried, the only stall that really stand out in my opinion is the Loong Fatt Tau Sar Piah at 639 Balestier Road.
Their Tau Sar Piah is buttery and flakily good. You can trust me on that when I say it is really good.
How do you differentiate between the sweet and salty fillings? Sweet fillings are denoted by the sesame seeds found on the buttery crust surface.
It tastes just so heavenly especially when it is fresh from the oven. Literally 现做现卖现吃. 👍👍👍
Personally, I would prefer the sweet over the salty fillings Tau Sar Piah.
Here, you get to see the staff making them by hands. This is so traditionally done with manual labour compared to many which are machine produced.
If you are already aware of it, I am happy for you. If not, I would strongly urge you to go and have a try else you do not know what you have been missing in life! 😎
Word of caution, be expected to brave the long queue if you are there as you will have to wait patiently for the hand-made Tau Sar Piah to be baked out from the oven.
Gelato and waffle lovers, this is one chic place to be in.
The banana brulee waffle was nicely done. Waffle was crisp with the banana brulee and a scoop of yogurt gelato makes it a perfect match. They do offer wide selections of gelato ice cream options to suit different taste buds if you are just there for gelato.
Ah Balling better known to most as Tang Yuan (汤圆) or Glutinous Rice Ball is a chinese food made from glutinous rice flour mixed with a small amount of water to form balls and is then cooked and served with peanut soup, pandan soup, ginger soup or longan with red dates soup.
Tang Yuan can be either small or large and comes either filled or unfilled. Fillings can be in the form of red bean paste, matcha paste, sesame paste, lotus paste or peanut paste. They are traditionally eaten during Lantern Festival (元宵), Winter Solstice Festival (冬至), dessert on chinese wedding day or any occasions such as family reunion.
This stall in Beach Road Food Centre serves great Tang Yuan and often sighted with long queues. Prices are really cheap and affordable with relatively big ball serving.
If you are an Ah Balling lover, this stall is a must go. No compromise!
Egg tarts lovers, this is your alternative option. A state of the art, bringing egg tart eating to a new contemporary level.
Mr Baguette’s egg tarts are baked using baguette bowl. They offer egg tarts with various types of flavours to suit individual liking. A unique style of presentation.
Signature Baguette Egg Tart
Cookie & Cream Lava Tart
Hazelnut Lava Tart
Red Velvet Lava Tart
Eskimo Lava Tart
Hope the 5 samples above will start to whet your appetite. Mr Baguette opens from 12pm to 8pm and closes every Tuesday. To be on the safe side, you can visit Mr Baguette facebook for latest update before heading down.
Other than pound cakes, butter cakes are my other favourite cakes too. Recently, I chanced upon this shop at Lor Ah Soo, 108 Hougang Ave 1 which I thought it was pretty good. The butter cakes are moist and soft in texture unlike some others, hard in texture and crumbly falls apart after one bite.
What exactly is a butter cake?
A butter cake is a cake in which one of the main ingredients is butter, hence the name. Butter cake is baked with basic ingredients; butter, sugar, eggs, flour and leavening agents such as baking powder or baking soda.
This shop sells a great varieties of butter cakes to suit different needs other than traditional butter cakes. You can buy in slices or in whole. Sliced one at $1.50 each and whole cake at $6.50 per loaf which can be sliced up to 6 pieces.
Orange & Cranberry Butter Cake
Lemongrass Butter Cake
Apricot & Cranberry Butter Cake
Rum & Raisin Butter Cake
Cempedak Butter Cake
Butter cake lovers, wait no more, charge over now to get a slice and experience the goodness.
I am a cake lover, especially fruit pound cakes from traditional old confectionery shops. If you are into pound cake, then you need to stay focus on what’s coming up next.
So, what are pound cakes?
Pound cake refers a type of cake traditionally made with a pound of each of the 4 ingredients : flour, butter, eggs & sugar. However, any cake made with a 1:1:1:1 ratio, by weight, of flour, butter, eggs & sugar may also be called a pound cake, as it yields the same result. Pound cakes are generally baked in either a loaf pan or a Bundt mould, and served either dusted with powdered sugar, lightly glazed, or sometimes with a coat of icing.
In particular, I would like to introduce you to this Yuzu Cranberry Pound Cake from Cedele. This delightful cake combines the tangy taste of yuzu frosting with the natural sweetness of choice cranberries. It is soft and moist in texture.
OMG! Simply speechless. 无语能形容这种爽感。You gotta try to know what I mean.
If you love chocolate molten lava cakes, then you will bound to love this chocolate lava cookie. A suggestion, try to have the chocolate lava cookie with a scoop of brown butter flavour ice cream. Heavenly feeling….
The other type is the matcha lava cookie and it goes pretty well with the thai milk tea flavour ice cream.
These are the only 2 types of lava cookies offered and the rest are just ice cream.
Each lava cookie cost $8.50. Pretty pricey but still deserve a try.