Food Review: Loong Fatt Tau Sar Piah At Balestier | Traditional Local Teochew Bean Paste Pastry Worth Queuing Up For
The Place This traditional local Chinese pastry shop is going through a revival in recent times as queues which were rare just years back is now a norm when you visit Loong Fatt Tau Sar Piah store along Balestier Road. Nothing much has changed in the store all these years, with the only recent addition of safe distancing markers on the floor.
An institution of Tau Sar Piah in Singapore, with the OGs including the likes of Poh Guan at Hong Lim Complex, Tan Hock Seng at Telok Ayer, Thye Moh Chan (a brand now under Breadtalk Group), and the other 3 cake houses at Balestier, including 603 Tau Sar Piah, House of Tau Sar Piah and the now-defunct 611 Tau Sar Piah. A little bit of history, Loong Fatt is the original shop that started baking the Teochew-style Tau Sar Piah in Singapore, though it added more butter to the traditional pastry making it gained popularity back in the late 1960s.
The Food At Loong Fatt, they have kept it to the 2 original flavours – Salty and Sweet Tau Sar Piah. You will notice that the pastry here is thinner when compared to the version by other cake houses, though do not underestimate how much oomph it packs. With a thinner crust, the bean paste here has a stronger buttery taste and retains the moisture well – as opposed to the dry and flaky Tau Sar Piah usually done by mass commercial baking houses.
Recently in September, Loong Fatt increased the prices of its bakes with the Salty Tau Sar Piah and Sweet Tau Sar Piah both at S$0.90 each. If you cannot decide which to have, just go for the pre-packed box of 10 with 5 salty and sweet pastry. All pastries are baked daily.
Loong Fatt also bakes other pastries including the old-fashioned Butter Cake, Coffee Walnut Cake and assortment of Swiss Rolls. Have not gotten down to giving these bakes a try since I cannot fathom why I would give up my Tau Sar Piah for these.
Rants Only store in Singapore for Loong Fatt, so be prepared to queue if you visit it during its peak hours.
Will I Return Again? Have been visiting Loong Fatt for decades, and they have been consistently good. Will keep returning to enjoy these favourite snack of mine, no doubt.
Taste bud: 4.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 2.5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Loong Fatt Tau Sar Piah
639 Balestier Road
Tel: +65 6253 4584
Daily: 8am to 4:30pm
Ranted by The Rantee