Traditional, or tarted up? No matter how you like them, there's a pineapple tart here for you. Which one of these CNY treats do you think is the best in Singapore?
Pineapple tart season has officially kicked off in Singapore. Buttery, flaky, with a perfect balance of sweet and sour – these glorious Chinese New Year treats are pure gold. As with all things, go for the best in town, so you don’t waste your calories on unworthy contenders. Here are our top picks…
Remember the legendary Fortune Bo Lo pineapple tarts from Crystal Jade? As its name suggests, they’re made to resemble the popular Hong Kong-style pineapple buns, except Crystal Jade’s version (pictured top) are small, crumbly, bite-sized little wonders ($19.80).
Crystal Jade, various locations islandwide. Visit the official website for more outlet locations.
Goodwood Park Hotel
Bigger isn’t always better, but we have to admit Goodwood Park Hotel’s pineapple tart (yes, singular) made quite an impression. The massive ‘Huat! Tart” ($48) is an upsized version of the classic bite-sized Lunar New Year treat, and showcases the hotel’s fresh pineapple reduction infused with a hint of vanilla and crowned with an auspicious ‘Fa’ character to symbolise prosperity in Mandarin. You’ll make quite the entrance at any gathering with this treat.
Goodwood Park Hotel. Order online here.
Purists, lower that eyebrow. Back by popular demand are SPRMRKT’s signature Lemongrass Earl Grey pineapple tarts ($38.80 for 600g). Bite through the buttery shortcrust pastry blended with Earl Grey tea leaves and you’ll taste the fresh homemade pineapple jam with an twinge of lemongrass – not your traditional tart, but totally refreshing. We’re converts.
SPRMRKT, available for pre-orders from 25 January to 15 February, 3pm.
Old Seng Choong
Sweet and savoury tarts seem to be all the rage, and Old Seng Choong has quite an eye-catching offering this year. The pineapple tart combines two Chinese New Year favourites – bak kwa and pineapple tarts – for an intriguing creation. The other unique flavours on offer are spicy nonya (a combination of Hae Bee Hiam with pineapple jam), yuzu, orange peel, as well as the classic pineapple tart.
Old Seng Choong. Order online here.
It hits you when you bite into one – so much butter! But for these, we’re more than willing to spend an extra 30 minutes on the treadmill. Bengawan Solo’s pineapple tarts ($20.80 for the regular tray and $36.80 for the large tray) have been around for the longest time, and we love that they haven’t changed one bit.
Bengawan Solo, various outlets islandwide. Visit the official website for more outlet locations
Bakerzin gets A+ for creativity and presentation. Aside from the classic pineapple jam-filled tarts, you can have a premium XO liquor-infused version as well as a sweet/savoury option with the unorthodox addition of Hae Bee Hiam. Check out those golden ingot pineapple tarts!
Bakerzin, various locations.
Le Café Confectionery & Pastry
Nicknamed “golf balls”, the pineapple tarts from Le Café are round, large, and oh-so-tasty. The crust may be a little thin, but they make up for it by being super generous with the pineapple jam filling.
Le Café Confectionery & Pastry, 264 Middle Road, Singapore 188990, p. 6337 2417.
Kele has been around for almost 30 years, so you know they must be doing something right. We like their open-face pineapple tarts and how everything’s delicately balanced – from the butter to the texture of the pastry and the sweetness of the pineapple filling.
Kele, 2 Smith Street, Singapore 058917. p.6560 1249.
Okay, we’re kinda cheating with this one, but you really can’t talk about pineapple-anything without mentioning the famed Taiwanese brand. More cake than tart, SunnyHills’ rectangular, individually wrapped pineapple creations ($26.50 for a box of 10) are buttery and fragrant, without being overly sweet. Plus, we like how the pastry isn’t too crumbly so you can have a mess-free binge session.
SunnyHills, Ngee Ann City (Tower B), #B2-27A Takashimaya, Singapore 238872. p.8522 9605.
Makko Teck Neo
The restaurant’s famous for their authentic home-style Peranakan cuisine, but these pineapple tarts (approximately 24 pieces for $22) are not to be belittled – long queues are often expected over the CNY period.
Makko Teck Neo, Telok Blangah Rise Blk 35 #01-303, Singapore 090035. p.6275 1330
Joe and Dough
Coffee and cakes are not the only things we visit Joe and Dough for. Look out for their Golden Pineapple Tarts, with melt-in-the-mouth pastry and pineapple jam that is mixed with coffee-infused cranberries for a tangy, unique taste. Plus points to their beautiful packaging!
Joe and Dough, order online or at various outlets islandwide.
Here, pineapple tarts get a contemporary spin into SUCRE’s signature pineapple truffles. Made with fine Australian butter, these handmade pineapple truffles are a modern take on the traditional pineapple tart recipe, but served equally aromatic and savoury. Looking for more flavours? Go all out and try their blueberry, chocolate ganache and cheese lite pineapple truffles.
Keong Saik Bakery
The next time you visit Keong Saik for breakfast, look out for these handmade pineapple tarts at this bakery-cafe where nostalgia meets contemporary vibes! The crust is buttery and rich, and we can never get enough of them pineapple balls.
Keong Saik Bakery, online shop here.
Creme Maison Bakery
For adventurous foodies, Creme Maison Bakery’s signature pineapple truffles come in six flavours including original milk, french cheese, earl grey, kyoto matcha, cranberry, and everyone’s beloved salted egg. Have a bite into the buttery crust and feel it melt in your mouth – absolutely delish! Can’t decide which to get? Good news, because they have a Prosperity Bundle ($42.80) which gives you the choice of two flavours.
Creme Maison Bakery
Fans of their beautiful customised cakes will be pleased to know that Bloomsbury Bakers has launched their series of CNY goodies, including pineapple tarts that come in 12, 18 or 24 pieces – great for gifting or sharing with friends.
Bloomsbury Bakers, order here.
The Pine Garden
Heartland bakeries are always the go-to for a familiar taste, and here at Pine Garden, the homemade pineapple tarts are created from a family recipe and pineapple jam is made using selected fresh pineapples. If you’re looking for something less sweet, their yuzu pineapple rolls are made with reduced sugar so you can happily indulge in pineapple goodness over the CNY period.
The Pine Garden, various outlets. You can also order online.
Man Fu Yuan Intercontinental Singapore
Looking for something simple but delicious? Indulge in some Prosperity pineapple tarts from Man Fu Yuan Intercontinental Singapore, which will also make pretty gifts for your friends and family.
Man Fu Yuan Intercontinental Singapore, order online or call 6825 1311.
These signature Carlton Premium Pineapple Tarts are baked to golden perfection and chock full of Sarawak pineapple filling, making each bite a mixture of buttery pastry and tangy sweetness. Best of all, they make gorgeous gifts for your CNY house visits.
Carlton Hotel, 76 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189558. Order here.
Handcrafted pineapple tarts at this Chinese dining establishment come in the shape of flowers and each bite is a melt-in-the-mouth kind of buttery goodness. The tanginess of the pineapple jam provides a nice balance to the richness of the pastry, and we love how beautiful these tarts look on our dining tables
Peach Garden, order online.
The Fullerton Hotel
And because we’re ushering in the year of the Dog, there’s nothing better than cute pooch-shaped Prosperity Pineapple Cookies! We’re pretty sure these miniature bulldog terriers will be a hit with all the young ones, so be quick to grab them.
The Fullerton Hotel, 1 Fullerton Square Singapore 049178. Online shop here.
You may have heard of OLLELLA’s fancy choux pastries (they have an outstanding Prosperity Choux Tower this year!) but OLLELLA has also launched a series of CNY goodies, including these delightful pineapple pillows – think tangy, spiced pineapple compote covered in a buttery pastry that crumbles in your mouth. Prices range from $8 to $22 for various sizes.
OLLELLA, 3 Petain Road, Residences@Somme #01-01, Singapore 208108. Online shop here.
Thye Moh Chan
Serving handcrafted Teochew baked goods since 1943, this well known confectionery also dishes out delectable pineapple tarts as part of its colourful CNY festive offerings. If you’re a fan of local flavours, don’t miss out on their popular Gula Melaka Pineapple Pastries.
Thye Moh Chan, outlets at Paragon and Chinatown Point. View their CNY Catalogue here.
Out of the Cake Box
Pineapple tarts here are wildly ingenious, and by that, we refer to the Chix Skin Pineapple Tart. Deep fried chicken skin is mixed into the pastry batter, resulting in a daring new taste as you bite into your pineapple tart. For something lighter, try the Beurre Noisette Pineapple Tarts which are citrusy with a hint of nuttiness.
Out of the Cake Box, order here.
This small shop at Depot Road whips up a beautiful collection of cakes and macarons, and you can also get your hands on their rich handcrafted pineapple tarts (from $18.50) made from fine French butter and top flour.
Pulse Patisserie, 180 Depot Road, #01-06, Singapore 109684. p.6262 0143
With a cart at Chevron House, this is a lifesaver for the CBD bumblebees when the time comes for CNY goodies to be passed around the pantry. Pineapple tarts come either closed or open-faced, and with a less sugar and less butter option for the health-conscious.
Smiling Orchid, Blk 25 Ghim Moh Link #01-05, Singapore 270025. Push cart at Chevron House @ Change Alley, 30 Raffles Place, Singapore 048622
If you’re working near the Tanjong Pagar area, here’s another place to get your CNY goodies. Their traditional pineapple tarts are sold in tubs or box sets, with a crisp biscuit base and hand-made filling.
Joyus Pastries, outlets at Tanjong Pagar XChange and Ang Mo Kio.
Pineapple tarts sold here come in thick, buttery goodness. If you’re feeling slightly adventurous, have a go at the pineapple cheese tarts which are garnished with parmesan cheese and come with parmesan-infused pastry, or try the chocolate pineapple tarts for some extra sweetness.
Going beyond customisable home bakes, Butter Studio’s artisan handcrafted pineapple tarts are out to win us over with their version of espresso pineapple tarts. Homemade pineapple jam is piled over a fresh brewed coffee infused base, giving it a distinctly unique taste. If you’re into something more flavourful, go for their signature Parmesan pineapple cheese balls.
Butter Studio, order here.
Possibly one of our go-to brands when it comes to purchasing festive cookies, Home’s Favourite has launched three types of pineapple tarts this year including the traditional pineapple tarts, sweet potato pineapple tarts, as well as the visually appealing black and gold pineapple tarts – there’s something for everyone!
Home’s Favourites, order here
As a family-run business specialising in Peranakan cuisine, the pineapple tarts here are some of their signature goodies. They’re available either open or closed, but both are just as flavourful with a buttery cookie dough that’s aromatic with every bite.
HarriAnns, order here.
Looking for eggless pineapple tarts with reduced sugar? Divine’s artisanal pineapple tarts are your answer. Inspired by Peranakan cuisine, these handcrafted goodies are delicious without causing you excessive grief over all that sugar intake. Eat away!
Divine, available at TANGS and others.
This is a home-grown Singapore brand with family recipes handed down over the years, and their traditional premium pineapple balls are all-time favourites – bite-sized and with more than 70 in a box, everyone can join in the eating fun.
It’s pineapple tarts and pineapple pillows galore at this cosy shop off East Coast Road that specialises in homemade baked goods. Besides these signature products, you can also get apple-shaped Nonya pineapple tarts or pineapple tarts with cheese.
Baker’s Well, 35 East Coast Road, Singapore 428754. More details here.
The colourful packaging sure is adorable and bound to win the hearts of children and kidults alike. So the next time you pop by for some soy milk, grab a tin of their pineapple tarts filled with sweet pineapple jam and some flowers of prosperity for added good luck.
Mr Bean, various outlets islandwide.
If you’re more of a traditionalist, opt for PrimaDeli’s time-tested pillow pineapple tarts ($19.80 per tin). This well-loved classic is prized for its rich, crumbly crust and fresh pineapple filling. It’s also available with a hint of cheese if you want to be a bit more adventurous.
PrimaDeli. Various locations.
The return of the pineapple pocket pies! Touted as Cedele’s all-time bestseller, these bite-sized CNY treats are great for gatherings as you pop them endlessly into your mouth.
Cedele, order here or at various outlets islandwide.
Hopping on the bandwagon is Starbucks with their pineapple tarts at $22.80 for 8 pieces per tin. It’s a great snack to much on while you have your coffee break, so the next time you swing by for your daily frappuccino, do grab a box for sharing with some friends!
Starbucks Singapore, various outlets islandwide.
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