Let’s be real; whenever our friends or family travelled for vacations or business trips, the part we were all most excited for was the distribution of souvenirs and snacks upon their return. It’s been a long time since that happened, and perhaps even longer until it can happen again, which is why I’ve been on the hunt for my favourite Taiwanese snacks to tide me over until the borders open again. Think of sugary, flaky pastry baked to golden-yellow perfection and with a sweet and smooth filling—the joy of biting into a Taiwanese sun cake, also known as tai yang bing, is certainly something I sorely miss.
If you’re nostalgic, peckish, and spending a little too much time scrolling back on old vacation photos to Taiwan, Ruyi Sunny Cake might just be the next site you cart out on. Lovingly handmade and a winner of five Taiwan Golden Cake Awards, these sun cakes will definitely make it worth skipping your healthy diet for.
Take your pick from a variety of flavours such as Honey Sun Cake (NT$619, approx. S$30.01), which is sweet and creamy, or give the earthy Sesame Sun Cake (NT$619, approx. S$30.01) a shot for something more savoury. If you’re interested in something summery and refreshing, the kumquat-filled Golden Dance Orange Sun Cake (NT$553, approx. S$26.82) and piquant Rose Sun Cake (NT$458, approx. S$22.20) are definitely calling your name.
Ruyi Sunny Cake also offers a bundle of Comprehensive Sun Cakes (NT$1260, approx. S$61.06) that include the aforementioned flavours, so that you can have the best of all worlds when indulging in the flaky pastry. And if you’re planning to treat the whole family to some decadent delights, Ruyi Sunny Cake also offers Pineapple Cake (NT$674, approx. S$32.66) with slightly sour, citrusy notes and golden-brown, taro-filled Classic Dajia Taro Pastry (NT$623, approx. S$30.20) to wow those who don’t harbour a sweet tooth. Cart out on these indulgent Taiwanese pastries, and surprise your family with a walk down memory lane.
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