When asked what is the most popular and favourite Chinese New Year goodie, more than 90% of Singaporeans will say its pineapple tarts. Every household will definitely have this delicious pastry during the festive season. Our team at isShoe loves pineapple tarts as well and every year, we will scout thoroughly for the best tasting ones around, not forgetting the delightful CNY cookies as well. Therefore, we thought why not share our findings with everyone for this coming 2020 Chinese New Year!
Besides being shoe care experts, we are extreme foodies ourselves too. Of all the Chinese new year goodies, we are exceedingly particular especially on our pineapple tarts. If you are a true fan, one bite and you can tell between a bad and a good one. But if you are a die-hard foodie expert like us, holding the pineapple tart is enough. 😉
Before we go into the top ranked pineapple tarts, let us share the 3 basic fundamentals to what makes a good pineapple tart: texture, pineapple paste and crust to paste ratio. These are the 3 criteria we will be focusing mainly on.
Address: 352 Clementi Ave 2, #01-109, S120352
On the top of our list, we have non-other than Pineapple Tarts Singapore whose tagline is “Best Pineapple Tarts in Singapore”. True enough, they make the best ones so far and we have been ordering from them every year since few years back. It is interesting as Pineapple Tarts Singapore focused mainly on selling online through their website, which made it hassle-free for our bulk orders as they provided free delivery service.
When we first held their pineapple ball in our hands, first thing that came to mind was that it’s definitely going to be good. Their crust was delicate but at the same time sturdy. Indeed, it melted in our mouths straightaway and the crust was absolutely amazing. It felt like we can eat the crust even without the pineapple paste.
The paste then hit us with a sourish sweet tang which blended superbly with the buttery crust. There was only one word to describe the crust to pineapple paste ratio: perfection. It was as though we were momentarily in heaven. Their cheese pineapple tarts were even better! Without even hesistating, we placed our orders for our staff, family and friends. A bottle of original pineapple tarts costs $22.90 for 20 pieces while the cheese pineapple tarts costs $24.90. Ever since then, we have not found any pineapple tarts as close as this. On a side note, we have tried the other CNY goodies they offer and we must say they are top-notch as well.
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The first runner-up, we have Kele. We should all be familiar with Kele as they have won several competitions around and have also been featured on the news. They have the traditional open-faced ones and the pineapple balls. There are also unique versions like the rose, cocoa and pandan flavours. Out of these, we still prefer their traditional open-faced tarts.
Unlike Pineapple Tarts Singapore’s melt in the mouth texture, Kele’s ones are on the tougher side. Salty, crumbly and gives a hearty bite. Their pineapple jam makes it the star of the show. It has a very unique taste which goes nicely together with the crust. A bottle of their pineapple tarts costs around $26.80.
3. Le Café
Address: 31/33 Mackenzie Road, #01-01
Le Café takes the number 3 spot with their signature golf ball sized pineapple tarts. You can tell their tarts just based on their enormous size. If you love having multiple bites on your pineapple tarts, this will be the perfect choice. Similarly, Le Café has also been featured on the media.
For the crust, we found that they may be slightly too crumbly and thin. The ratio of the crust to paste may be lacking, making the whole tart tasting slightly overwhelming. But the good thing is that the pineapple paste makes up for it. A bottle of 20 pieces costs $20. Being one of the oldest pastry shops in Singapore, they must be doing something right.
These are the brands that made it into our top 3 list after reviewing more than 10 different brands. Some honourable mentions include Mirana Cake House and Joyous Pastries. Hope you enjoyed reading our reviews and do let us know what do you think of them. To better prepare for the upcoming Chinese New Year, better order them early in case they run out of stock. They are highly in demand and selling fast even before the festive season.
Disclaimer: This is a non-sponsored post and the reviews are solely and fully based on our own judgements and opinions.