Last Updated: February 3, 2021
Pineapple tarts are one of the most popular Chinese New Year goodies of which almost every household in Singapore considers a must-have during this festive season. Whether they are ball-shaped, rolls or open-faced tarts, everyone seems to enjoy these buttery and crumbly sweet treats.
With the festive season around the corner, I believe many of us are getting ourselves down to serious shopping sussing out the best Chinese New Year goodies. To help you out, here is a list of 13 pineapple tarts in Singapore, that are sure to impress when your relatives come over.
Whether it’s about getting pineapple tarts for your family, for your guests over for the festive season, or simply for stuffing yourself silly in front of Netflix, there are plenty for you to choose from.
If there is anyone who knows pineapple tarts, it would be the one and only Pineapple Tarts Singapore, the one and only one in Singapore. A stalwart in the pineapple tart game loved by more than 100,000; you can be sure these traditionally homemade and handmade pineapple tarts are sure to please even the pickiest of relatives.
For a taste of a homemade classic, you can rely on a tub of their signature Melt in your mouth Pineapple Tarts (S$22.90)—buttery, velvety, and filled with a sourish, sweet pineapple filling. Pop one in your mouth and you will instantly savour the melt-in-your-mouth sensation paired perfectly with fibrous tangy pineapple filling, a sensation we assure you will never regret.
Whether you get those golden orbs or these Hui Wei Traditional Nyonya Pineapple Tarts (S$22.90), you are sure to impress. A buttery fragrant crust topped with their signature made from scratch pineapple jam, definitely a must-try.
If you are feeling a little more adventurous, Pineapple Tarts Singapore has got you covered.
With their various exciting flavours such as Cheezylicious Cheese Pineapple Tart (S$24.90), Siao LA Mala Pineapple Tarts (S$24.90), and even their YOlkLO Salted Egg Pineapple Tarts (S$26.90) are sure to spice things up.
Of course, if you’ve already tried all these interesting flavours then, you’ll have to try your hand at their newly released Double Truffle Charcoal Truffle Pineapple Tarts (S$28.90). A crumbly, charcoal-infused dough laced with truffle and painted with a gorgeous gold streak. It’s a little round of luxury, for sure.
If you want to go all out for pineapple tarts this year, I’d say Pineapple Tarts Singapore has got you covered with experimental flavours. I, on the other hand, would stick to the classic Melt in your mouth Pineapple Tarts.
As with any Chinese New Year snack table, it isn’t complete without the usual suspects of Snow White Kueh Bangkit (S$15.90) and Crispy Sia Hae Bee Hiam Prawn Roll (S$15.90), all of which you find on Pineapple Tarts Singapore’s website here.
Plus, there is free delivery for purchases above S$100 and an additional 5% discount when you use the promo code SETHL5. It’s a happy Chinese New Year indeed!
If you’ve made your rounds in Chinatown during Chinese New Year, you’ll be familiar with Wang Lai Bakery. With recipes that have been with the bakery for four generations since 1968, you know you’re in good hands.
Of course, if you prefer, the Melt in your mouth Open Face Pineapple Tarts (S$19.90) is another stellar choice you can make at Wang Lai Bakery. A clear favourite for many, and me included, you can’t stop at one!
Even with all these premium ingredients, Wang Lai Bakery still keeps its Chinese New Year snacks affordable. There is no need to break the bank for scrumptious snacks, and you’ll enjoy a discount of 30% on pre-orders from now till 31 January 2021. It’s definitely time to stock up before your cousins come around.
Upholding a strong Peranakan heritage, the recipe here at True Blue Cuisine is passed down from the chef-owner’s great-grandmother. At this bakery along Armenian Street, they crimp the patterns on the pineapple tarts by hand.
The Pineapple Tarts (S$40 per box of 12 pieces) from this bakery are huge and chewy with a thin tart crust. On top of that, the pineapple jam is dense with a solid sweet flavour. The light and crumbly crust serve as a good contrast with the pineapple jam further accentuating the best parts of this delicacy.
I have high standards when it comes to pineapple tarts. They have to be buttery, moist, and just the right amount of crumbly such that it melts in your mouth. No one wants dry or overly sweet pineapple tarts that lodge themselves uncomfortably in your throat.
Ding Bakery specialises in handmade Chinese New Year goodies and has won multiple accolades so you can be sure this is the good stuff. One of their most celebrated wares has to be their SCS Butter Pineapple Tart (S$18.90). A little pale with a splotchy egg wash, I was undoubtedly a little sceptical about Ding Bakery’s pineapple tart.
With slightly uneven edges, this buttery goodie was proof that sometimes appearances might not be everything. A fine and silky pastry layer enveloped a tangy and sweet pineapple paste centre; it was difficult to stop at one.
With a distinct homemade quality, these flaxen orbs are well worth the calories for me.
A hybrid of a pineapple tart and a bo lo pau (baked pineapple bun), Crystal Jade’s legendary Fortune Bo Lo Pineapple Tarts (S$10.80 per box of eight pieces) has a buttery crust. Smooth and satiating to both the lips and the taste buds indeed!
Apart from that, these golden orbs from here have a light and flaky texture. You can taste the genuine bo lo fragrance and texture, with an added degree of crunch to it.
Amethyst Pastry & Cakes claims to be the creator of cheese flavoured pineapple tarts. Nonetheless, we are aware of many copycats around.
The Amethyst Pineapple Tarts (S$26 per small box) are glazed with cheese. This salty and crispy layer goes well with the sweet filling inside.
However, the pineapple fillings are a bit too moist and tasted a bit too sweet. Nevertheless, the tarts are perfectly bite-sized, and the outer crust gives a delectable, crispy texture.
The winner of Jurong Point Shopping Centre’s ‘The Search for the Best Pineapple Tart’ competition, Kele’s pineapple tarts shot to fame. And no wonder, because Kele maintains a thirty-year-old family recipe.
Kele’s Pineapple series ($29.80 per tin) come in two forms — traditional Peranakan open-faced and golden balls. The former isn’t too hard nor crumbly in terms of its crust and is topped with a thick portion of pineapple jam that is the perfect blend of sweet and sour flavours.
A large, local franchise bakery with a sound establishment over the past three decades, Bengawan Solo’s pineapple tarts are considered legendary. The pineapple tarts come in two forms — Regular Pineapple Tarts (S$19.80 per regular box) and Premium Pineapple Tarts (S$39.80 per box).
The tarts taste sour upon biting into them but do not get your hopes down so soon. Consecutive chews of this savoury treat reveal a buttery texture balanced with a flaky pastry and slightly fibrous fruit. I would say that it was a good blend of both flavour and texture.
While it is hard to resist the not so waist-friendly pineapple tarts, you can opt for a healthier version by Cedele. These handmade Cedele Handmade Pineapple Tarts (S$22 per tub) are trans-fat free, so it’s a little easier on the waistline.
Yet, they remain as buttery and fragrant as ever. The pineapple jam isn’t too sweet as well and the only problem I have with this is just how delicious they are because it’s hard to stop at just one.
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Claiming to be the first in Singapore to come up with golf ball-shaped pineapple tarts, these tarts from Le Cafe Confectionery & Pastry are round and fat in terms of their physical composition and appearance.
Each of these Golf Ball Tarts (S$10 per nine pieces) have a buttery crust enclosing handmade pineapple jam that’s smoother compared to the more fibrous pineapple filling of other brands.
If you prefer a more crumbly crust and smoother pineapple jam texture, you’ll fall in love with Le Cafe’s golf ball tarts.
Good news for those who out there who have a sweet tooth. The Chinese New Year Pineapple Tarts (S$15 per 25 pieces) from Mirana Cake House come with sweet, fresh and juicy pineapple filling.
The entire piece melts in the mouth instantly with a smooth and savoury taste balanced with a buttery texture. The sweetness of the pineapple filling and the aroma of the buttery crust lingers with a pleasant aftertaste.
Living up to its name, SunnyHill Pineapple Cakes (S$25 per box of 10 pieces) are made from freshly selected pineapples found on the hills of Ba Gua (Eight Tigram) Mountain in Taiwan. They are then sun-dried and combined with the purest ingredients.
These pineapple cakes from SunnyHills, also known as feng li su in Mandarin, are a good substitute when compared to the common open-faced pineapple tarts or golf ball-shaped tarts that seem to have a smaller serving size. Each piece of this delicacy exudes a tangy sweetness upon bite, leaving you salivating for more of it.
Based on a hand-me-down family recipe, each batch from The Pine Garden is made by slowly cooking freshly grated pineapple. The Handmade Pineapple Tarts (S$27 per 30 pieces) came with a generous topping of pineapple jam on rich buttery pastry that crumbles in your mouth.
Not overly buttery, the pineapple to tart ratio is stellar.