Pineapple tarts are one of the most popular Chinese New Year goodies. Almost every household of every race in Singapore considers them a must-have during the 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 just around the corner, many of us are getting ourselves down to serious shopping, hunting for the best Chinese New Year goodies. To help you out, here’s a list of 12 pineapple tarts in Singapore that’ll surely impress your friends and relatives.
Whether it’s about getting pineapple tarts for your family and guests for the holidays, or simply for stuffing yourself silly in front of the TV, this list is all you need!
1. Pineapple Tarts Singapore
If you’ve tasted one, you’ve tasted them all? That certainly doesn’t apply to pineapple tarts! Pineapple Tarts Singapore 100% homemade and handmade creations are a step above the rest, elevating this humblest of CNY goodies to a whole new level of addictive deliciousness.
From their pantry comes a collection of 10 pineapple tart flavours for Chinese New Year 2023, created from award-winning recipes perfected over the previous year. Our clear favourite was the Melt In Your Mouth – Pineapple Tarts.
They are available as Melt In Your Mouth – Pineapple Tarts (20 pieces) (S$22.90) and Melt In Your Mouth – Pineapple Tarts (28 pieces) (S$25.90). The smaller package comes in a clear jar while you get a beautiful commemorative tin jar with the bigger option.
We can definitely attest to their “melt in your mouth’ claim. Not too dry nor too flaky, these buttery wonders dissolve into sweet nothingness on your tongue. Then, you taste the filling. Oh, it is just the most perfect balance between the tang and the sweetness of pineapple. Not too hard and not too soft, either— Goldilocks would adore these golden treats!
Baked and prepared completely free of preservatives, Pineapple Tarts Singapore delicious CNY snacks are best consumed within 6 weeks. (If you think you may have a problem finishing these within 6 weeks, please invite me for CNY after you place your order)
Remember to order early— Pineapple Tarts Singapore bakes them as orders are received but runs out of its fresh high-quality ingredients before the peak of CNY season. The more you order, the more there is to enjoy, and there is also the added advantage of free delivery for orders above $100.
2. Wang Lai Bakery
Just missing out on the top spot by a small margin this year is Wang Lai Bakery. They have been regaling Singaporeans with their amazing homemade, handmade traditional delights for over 50 years. A fourth-generation bakery, their Chinatown stall is one of the most popular destinations for pineapple tarts lovers every Chinese New Year.
Wang Lai’s signature CNY pineapple tarts are the Melt In Your Mouth Pineapple Tarts (≈500g) (S$19.90). They certainly melted our hearts! Each is created with a delicious sweet-tangy paste at its centre and a buttery, flaky crust that holds all that lovely goodness. Just imagine the wonderful texture and flavour as the savoury outside dissolves, releasing a burst of pineapple… divine!
If you are as impatient as I am, try the Melt In Your Mouth Open Face Pineapple Tarts (≈400g) (S$19.90). Instead of waiting for the crust to dissolve, you get the combination of sweet, tangy and savoury all at once with each bite.
As Wang Lai Bakery follows their classic recipe to make each tart, they do not use any preservatives. While that makes these tarts the healthy option, it also means that they are best consumed within 6 weeks. The bakery ensures that every customer gets the freshest CNY Goodies possible by preparing every batch only as and when orders are received.
Place your orders early to avoid disappointment and enjoy early bird discounts for a limited period. Better yet, take advantage of free delivery for orders above S$100.
3. Ding Bakery
110,000. That’s how many jars of pineapple tarts and snacks eager customers snapped up from Ding Bakery this year alone. Anyone who has tasted their products won’t be surprised— Ding Bakery makes some of the most delicious and addictive Chinese New Year goodies our team has ever tasted.
Most Singaporeans will instantly recognise the Ding Bakery name (and taste!) from their Award-Winning Premium Melt-In-Your-Mouth Pineapple Tart (Ball) (S$20.90).
You may also know their traditional open-faced Nyonya Pineapple Tarts (S$16.90), buttery Melt-In-Your-Mouth Pineapple Ball (French Butter) (S$20.90) and the uniquely pleasant Award Winning Melt-In-Your-Mouth Pineapple Ball (No Filling) (S$16.52).
Never one to rest on their laurels, the creative master bakers at this company are constantly refining their products and redefining what it means to create the perfect pineapple tart. This year, they have released 6 new pineapple tart flavours to add to the merriment:
- Melt-In-Your-Mouth Taro Blueberry Ball (S$18.30)
- Melt-In-Your-Mouth Pandan Pineapple Ball (S$19.16)
- Melt-In-Your-Mouth Charcoal Pineapple Ball (S$19.16)
- Melt-In-Your-Mouth Salted Egg Pineapple Ball (S$18.30)
- Melt-In-Your-Mouth Matcha Pineapple Ball (S$19.16)
- Premium Melt-In-Your-Mouth Mango Pineapple Ball (S$19.85)
Every last snack is still handmade using premium ingredients at their original bakery.
You also get the guarantee of freshness from this company. They only bake pineapple tarts during the brief Chinese New Year period every year. Each batch is produced from scratch daily, in a process that begins in the early hours.
The end result is an irresistible jar containing a huge range of CNY festive treats from the humble pineapple tart, kueh bangkit and love letters to cookies and crab sticks. Free of preservatives, they are much healthier than the mass-produced alternatives you get at your local supermarket.
You can collect the goodies yourself but why not make the most of the festive season by getting free delivery for all orders above S$100? Ding Bakery also offers an Express 1-hour delivery.
4. Froz Bakery
Froz Bakery is one of those understated neighbourhood gems that usually fly under the radar. Well, not anymore!
We tried the Ang Mo Kio bakery’s Baked Lemon Tart (S$3 for 1, S$5.60 for 2, S$15.90 for 6) and decided that they had earned their spot on our list.
Wonderfully imperfect, these citrusy tarts sport a crust that’s darker than most other bakeries’. I found the slightly uneven texture and colour interesting. Those superficial features don’t detract from the taste, though— these tarts are worth every penny.
Almost as delicious was Froz Bakery’s Apple Crumble Tart (S$3.50 for 1, S$6.60 for 3, S$18.90 for 6). They are certainly full of flavour, a sure sign that the ingredients include quality apples.
Since it’s Chinese New Year, Froz Bakery also has the perennial CNY snack favourite, Golden Pineapple Balls (S$17 for 20, S$21 for 26, S$30 for 38).
You learn a lot over a quarter of a century and 25-year-old Cedele seems to have found the recipe for delicious tarts.
Their fruit tarts have always been among our favourites. This year, the cream of the crop is the Strawberry Tartlet (S$6).
These adorable creations of home-made vanilla custard are covered in fresh strawberries, creating a wonderfully striking tasty treat.
Want a tart to share? Staying on theme, why not try the 7″ Round Strawberry Maple Mascarpone Tart (S$72). It’s made of maple-sweetened mascarpone cheese and strawberry compote in a nutty almond crust, all with a roof of fresh strawberries.
Alternatively, get a Fruit Tartlet Box (S$28.80). Each contains 12 precisely-made tartlets. You get Cedele’s best fruit flavours, including Mango, Blueberry, Strawberry and Melon.
In keeping with Cedele’s “Eat Well, Be Well” motto, their creations are handmade from scratch using organic unrefined sugar and contain no artificial trans fat.
6. True Blue Cuisine
This bakery along Armenian Street is all about authenticity, originality and the personal touch. True Blue Cuisine uses a Peranakan recipe passed down from the chef-owner’s great-grandmother. They also crimp the patterns on each pineapple tart by hand.
The Pineapple Tarts 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.
7. Crystal Jade
Crystal Jade restaurant is a one-MICHELIN star brand and recipient of multiple MICHELIN Bib Gourmand awards. Their celebratory menu includes the highly-desirable Golden Pineapple Cookies (Low Sugar) (S$28.70 per box of 320g) baked using a combination of wheat flour and custard flour.
They have an incredibly buttery crust, smooth and satiating to both the lips and the taste buds indeed! You can taste the genuine pineapple fragrance and flavour in every bite. Apart from that, these golden delicacies also have a light and flaky texture. The low-sugar option means that you can enjoy more, guilt-free.
8. Amethyst Pastry & Cakes
Amethyst Pastry & Cakes creates some of the finest cheese-flavoured pineapple tarts we have ever tasted.
The Cheese Pineapple Tarts (S$30) are not stuffed but glazed with cheese. This salty and crispy layer goes well with the sweet filling of real pineapple jam inside. These lovely creations will appeal to those who like a soft and moist filling.
These tarts are perfectly bite-sized, too, and the outer crust gives them a delectable, crispy texture.
9. Bengawan Solo
One of the largest local bakery chains, Bengawan Solo is over 3 decades old and has been amazing us with its delectable creations for just as long. Their pineapple tarts are considered legendary. This year, you can choose between Pineapple Tarts (330g) (S$25) and Pineapple Tarts (660g) (S$45).
Each tart is delicately buttery and created using melt-in-your-mouth pastry. Bite through and discover the treasure inside: caramelised slow-cooked pineapple jam made from the choicest sweet honey pineapples. These tarts give you a good balance of flavour and texture.
Started in 2003 as a humble neighbourhood bakery, Bakeinc now boasts some of the tastiest pineapple tarts of the festive season.
Their Original Pineapple Pillow Tart is a smooth, buttery pastry wrapped around a not-too-sweet pineapple filling that melts in your mouth, while the Cheese Pineapple marries the savoury and sweet nuances of pineapple and cheese to present a unique take on a CNY classic. The Pineapple Flower Tart is an open-face pineapple tart that hits all the right notes with its crumbly, buttery base, and topped with a mildly sweet pineapple filling.
All of Bakeinc’s pineapple tarts are proudly preservative-free and, for those wanting to watch their waistlines just a lil’ this feasting season, lower in sugar as well.
11. Mirana Cake House
Good news for those who out there who have a sweet tooth. The Chinese New Year Pineapple Tarts (S$20 for 500g) 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.
Better still, every purchase of Chinese New Year 2023 Goodies worth $85 or more entitles you to a free jar of goodies (excluding Love Letters)!
12. The Pine Garden
Based on a family recipe handed down through generations, each batch from The Pine Garden is made by slowly cooking freshly grated pineapple. The Handmade Pineapple Tarts (S$35.10 per box of ~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.
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