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10 Best Pineapple Tarts in Singapore


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Time flies! We had just welcomed 2016 three weeks ago. Yet, in about another two weeks’ time, we will be having our annual reunion dinner with our loved ones to welcome the Lunar New Year! This festive is all about getting together with your family and friends, catching up over a scrumptious spread of Chinese delicacies. Well, our favourite part of the Lunar New Year is getting to savour some of the BEST pineapple tarts in Singapore!


History of Pineapple Tarts

Have you wondered how pineapple tarts were brought into Singapore? As early as 1593, pineapples were brought into Malaya from South America by the renowned Italian explorer, Christopher Columbus. The years that followed saw widespread pineapple plantations in Singapore which resulted in the country becoming an important center of the global pineapple-canning industry. One of the big pineapple plantation in Singapore is at the northern part of Singapore, where the present Yishun Town is located.


The creation of pineapple tarts was largely attributed to the Peranakans who were strongly influenced by the Portuguese settlers in Malaya, who in turn were well-known for their pastries and tarts. With the abundance of pineapples in the area, it was being turned into pineapple jam/paste. Combining the pastries and pineapple paste gave birth to the popular pineapple tarts today.


In Hokkien and Cantonese families, pineapple translates to “Ong Lai” which means “Prosperity Come” and to add, pineapple is golden in its rawest form, therefore giving these tarts to your loved ones signify the Gift of Gold and wishes of prosperity.



So, what makes a good pineapple tart?

Personally, we prefer ours to be fragrant, buttery and with the right amount of sweetness – everyone wants to have a 甜甜蜜蜜 (romantic) relationship right?! On top of this, the exterior shouldn’t be too flaky and the pastry shouldn’t be too dry. We love a good melt-in-your-mouth kinda pineapple tart! This year, we shortlisted TEN of our favourites all around Singapore!



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