Looking to celebrate Chinese New Year and other special occasions with traditional cakes and confectioneries? Here are some of the best traditional bakeries in Singapore worth hitting up.
The Pine Garden
This popular heartland bakery, which has been around for 34 years, boasts a wide selection of baked goods including old-school buttercream cakes, mooncakes and pies for all occasions.
These also include confections for weddings, Christmas, Chinese New Year, and Father and Mother’s Day.
Lek Lim Nonya Cake Confectionery
The halal-certified cake shop moved to its current premises in Bedok in 1978. Running the show now is third-generation owner Gavan Sing, the founder’s grandson.
Products include traditional nonya kueh, pastries and cakes, savouries such as otah and nasi lemak, bee hoon, and more.
#01-21, 84 Bedok North Street, www.kuehkueh.com.sg
Tai Chong Kok
Known for its traditional mooncakes, nian gao, egg tarts and pastries, the store, located in Chinatown’s Sago Street usually sees large crowds during traditional Chinese festivals such as the Mid-Autumn Festival.
The store also offers an array of baked goods for auspicious occasions including longevity noodles and peaches, classic Cantonese confections, and pastries for the guo da li.
For a list of its retail outlets, visit www.taichongkok.com.
Gin Thye Cake Maker
Aside from an astounding array of pastries, from traditional walnut and butter cakes to sponge cakes and xi bing, the cake maker even offers the following services for couples who are unsure of what to do during the traditional ceremonies.
These include: the guo da li betrothal ceremony, hui li (returning of the gifts), bed setting ceremony, and more. They aso provide packages and accessories for Cantonese, Teochew, Hokkien and Hainanese weddings.
423 Sembawang Road, www.ginthye.com.
Neo Kian Guan Confectionery & Cake
With over 80 years in the business, you can be rest assured that the bakers at Neo Kian Guan know what they’re doing. According to its site, all the confectioner’s products are hand crafted and contain no artificial preservatives or flavourings. Choose from traditional Chinese biscuits and cake sets, mini tarts, butter cakes, and so on.
#01-50, Blk 7 Hougang Ave 3, www.nkgconfectionery.com.
Le Cafe Confectionery & Pastry
Famed for its handcrafted pineapple tarts, red velvet cake, moon pies and bean curd tarts, the confectionery also trots out old-school buttercream cakes, swiss rolls and cutomised wedding cakes that taste as good as they look.
For a list of its retail outlets, visit www.lecafe.com.sg.
For wedding favours with a touch of tradition and nostalgia, turn to Flavour Favours. Its offerings, which come from Tan Hock Seng (a traditional Hokkien cake shop that has been around since the 1930s), include snacks like Yun Pian Gao, peanut brittle, assorted candies as well as bean paste pastries that wil delight both adults and kids. Plus, they’re packaged beautifully, too.
21A Kreta Ayer Rd, www.ffavours.com.
Text: Felicia Tan and Michelle Lee/HerWorld Brides