Taste Test: Here’s What We Thought Of These 10 Pineapple Tarts
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So which is worth the calories?
With Chinese New Year bounding in like an enthusiastic puppy, it’s time to splash your abode in shades of auspicious red with bulbous silk lanterns, blinking firecrackers, spring couplets, and of course, an array of red lid-touting containers filled with your favourite festive goodies. From perennial favourites of crunchy arrowhead chips and smoky bak kwa squares to trendy ones such as salted egg yolk chips and fried fish skin, these addictive snacks will leave the fingers all dusty and crusty with sugar and spice during this joyous occasion.
Out of the lot, we zeroed in on our personal favourite CNY goodie: The pineapple tart.
A delicious staple during the festive shenanigans, the pineapple tart is flaunted like a prized pig by bakeries from around the nation, each vying for your attention with promises that their buttery creation is the best.
We’ll be the judge of that, after eating our way through 10 brands of pineapple tarts.
1. Pineapple Ingot Tarts from Goodwood Park Hotel, $38 for a box of 10 [Editor’s Pick]
Available at The Deli, Goodwood Park Hotel’s pineapple tarts are fittingly in the shape of an ingot because in our eyes (and taste buds), they’re true gastronomic gold. The delicious gems are a textbook example of a well-balanced pineapple tart when it comes to pastry and filling. For starters, the homemade jam strikes the perfect blend of sweetness and tartness to cater to your relatives and their fussy culinary preferences. The pastry also mirrors the running theme of balance with a firm hold, to only later crumble into a buttery (and beautiful) mess at first bite. But at $3.80 a pop, this is one pineapple tart you should only whip out for more beloved guests during this auspicious season.
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