Loong Fatt is one of the many shops laying claim to the best tau sar piah (bean paste biscuit) along Balestier Road. Besides the traditional sweet and salty tau sar piah, Loong Fatt also sells cream puffs, butter cake slices, and more. Everything goes for 60 cents a piece.
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best pastry you'll ever have
I always had the impression that tau sar piah is an “old people food”, and I’ve never showed much interest in it. Little did I know how much I’ve been missing out when I first took a bite off Loong Fatt’s tau sar piah.
If you’re there early, you’d probably be one of the lucky ones that could avoid the long queue during lunch hour. My colleague and I had to wait almost half an hour to get these famous tau sar piahs. There are 2 flavours, sweet and salty and I initially wanted to get 1 each. After waiting for such a long time, I decided to get a box of 6 to make my wait worthwhile.
That was probably one of the best decision I’ve made in my life, no kidding. I make terrible decisions sometimes. The tau sar piah were out of the oven HOT, its buttery and flaky crust crumbled in my mouth while the sweet and saltiness of the bean paste brought everything together. I still can’t decide which flavor I prefer.
I highly recommend Loong Fatt Tau Sar Piah to anyone and everyone!
Best Tau Sar Pia In Singapore
Loong Fatt Eating House and Confectionary is home to the best tau sar piah in Singapore. This is not an overstatement.
With your first bite, the buttery and flaky tau sar piah crumbles in your mouth and is immediately followed by the taste of sweet lotus paste. Compare this to the typical tau sar piahs, which are either too dry or too oily.
Each lovely piece of goodness costs a mere 70 cents. It could have been twice the price, and I’d still willingly pay for it.
A taste of goodness with 60 cents
Not exactly a huge fan of pastries similar to tau sar piah, but the ones at Loong Fatt made me develop a strong liking towards it. For less than a dollar you can get tau sar piah with a crispy, buttery layer of skin on the outside and sweet red bean paste on the inside. The first time I tried it I couldn't decide whether to get the sweet or salty one so I decided to get both, and since then I've still not made up my mind as to which one I prefer and I've definitely become a fan.
So thankful to have found this treasure at Balestier Road! Also, do go early as they close at around 430PM~530PM? If you're passing by Baslestier Road, Loong Fatt Tau Sar Piah is worth a drop by.
Old is gold
Tucked away in a corner on Balestier Rd, this place is a hidden treasure. At the entrance, you will be greeted with the various newspaper clippings about their tau sar piahs. Stepping in, you will be hit with a wave of nostalgia as the place is just like the olden day bakeries, with no high-tech machinery in sight.
Their prices remain almost as cheap as when they started out, each pastry is only 60 cents! They also sell butter cakes and cream puffs.
I was deliberating for some time between the salty and sweet tau sar piah, so of course the next course of action would be... To buy both! No regrets at all. They came piping hot in a plastic bag. The pastry is one of the best that I've had, buttery but not too oily, slightly crumbly. The red bean filling is generous, and oh so good.
I can't decide which one I like more, the sweet or salty. The salty one is the perfect mix, the salt is a good counter to the sweetness of the red bean, while the sweet one is just a delight to eat.
Everyone should definitely make a trip down and try their tau sar piahs!
Cheap and good!
My dad used to buy boxes of tau sar piah from Loong Fatt when his office was just a few doors down from this old-school eatery/confectionery place. Never did I pop this in my mouth when it's still hot...until today! It costs 60cents per piece, sweet or salty. Can't decide which one to get? Easy peasy, just get both!
The traditional goodies are made in-house so they're really fresh. Be sure to head there early, though. The aunty packing my tau sar piah shared that they close around 4p.m.-ish, else 5p.m.-ish if there's too many customers.
I need to snag a box someday just so that I can share them with my family now that dad doesn't work in the Balestier area anymore.
Brings back the memories
I remembered having quite a few good tau sar piahs in my childhood. Back then when everything was so much cheaper and are handmade by uncles and aunties through their years of skill and expertise instead of being churned out by machines. Hence, it was a joy to try the Loong Fatt's tau sar piahs, and instinctively feel the difference compared to other tau sar piahs availalble today.
For one, the exterior of each pastry is well roasted such that the dough becomes hard and delectably crunchy, not to mention brittle. Whilst the exteriors of conventionally made tau sar piahs nowadays are equally brittle, you can feel the softness when you pick up the big pieces of crumbs, very telling signs of inadequate preparations. Another point would be in the filling, which is the very essence of a tau sar piah. The burst of flavour for the salty version (the one version I tend to prefer more) is quicker and has a sweeter after taste as compared to conventionally made ones. Moreover, the filling is in a paste version instead of the powder form and has a tendency to stick on your teeth, but its a rare time where its well worth keeping some of it as aftertaste as it is really that good. Little wonder about the popularity of Loong Fatt once you take these factors into account.
A must try should you find yourself at Balestier Road!
A Taste Of Tradition
Since 1948, crowds have been flocking to Loong Fatt Eating House & Confectionery for only one thing, the traditional Teochew Chinese biscuit known as Tau Sar Piah, or Bean Paste Biscuit. Handmade daily from scratch, and only available in 2 flavours, salty or sweet, Loong Fatt Eating House & Confectionery has become so famous that their location along Balestier Road has become synonymous with excellent Tau Sar Piah.
Stepping into Loong Fatt Eating House & Confectionery is almost like a trip back in time, as the coffeeshop looks almost like it did back in the 80s. Modern ovens aside, the Tau Sar Piah / Bean Paste Biscuit are constantly hand made throughout the day, and part of the appeal is watching them make it as you queue. And yes, the average queue time is about 20 - 40 minutes.
Don't expect a high level of service, as orders are placed at the counter, and the staff pack it for you. There is a trademark grumpy auntie who is constantly grumpy... Loong Fatt Eating House & Confectionery just wouldn't be the same without her!
While Loong Fatt Eating House & Confectionery does sell other confectionery, the star is still their Tau Sar Piah. Prices have remained fairly cheap throughout the years, with each Tau Sar Piah / Bean Paste Biscuit costing a mere SGD $0.60. Loong Fatt Eating House & Confectionery opening hours are from 8am till 4.30pm, Mondays through Saturdays, and closed on Sundays.
A good quality butter used in making the crust results in it being slightly oily, but crisp and savoury without being too flaky. The sweet or salty bean paste filling is thick, generous, and non-crumbly. Best eaten when hot, but even after a few days of refrigeration, they still taste good, even if eaten cold or reheated, a sure sign of quality.
The work of the masters
While the shop sells a variety of foods, the most notable would be the tau sar pia, which is basically red bean filled baked pastry that comes in sweet or salty variants of filling. The aroma of the magical pastry can be smelled a few shops before reaching loong fatt, and when you arrive at the entrance, the grand whiff of the delectable tau sar pia hits you.
I like both the sweet and salty variants, as the pastry is not too oily but nice and smooth, which blends with the moist fillings which is tasty yet not so rich or overpowering that it cuts off the taste of the pastry.
The shop has a nostalgic feel of the old bakeries, kind of like a walk through childhood. The excellent pastries come at a cheap price, so enjoy without worrying about burning a hole in your pocket.
Childhood memories in one sweet bite!
I think I might be biased when it comes to Loong Fatt Tau Sar Piah. For all of your readers who are not exactly sure what tau sar piah is, it is essentially a flaky biscuit or pastry filled with bean paste; a cousin of the traditional wife cake.
Currently, the only store I know near my vicinity which sells to-die-for tau sar piah is the Loong Fatt outlet located along Balestier Road. Growing up, I have lived for this sweet snack and constantly crave for the sinful indulgence of this local delicacy. Despite the appearance of cupcakes, ice-cream parlors and low-fat yoghurt for competition, tau sar piah remains nostalgic of one's childhood snack and for less than a dollar per piece, tau sar piah is a food tradition that should not be forgotten!
The sweet and savory flavors are two of the more original concepts for this Chinese pastry. It is easy to spot the difference between the two- the sweet filling tau sar piah is laden with white sesame seeds atop the pastry shell, whereas the salty filling is contained within a smooth, glazed texture of a crust. Both are without a doubt delicious, but my hands-down favorite has got to be the sweet filling tau sar piah.
Good, but not best
Sweet tau sar piah is one of my favourite local snacks, because it can balance the sweet and salty elements, something that most Western desserts can't. Loong Fatt has a very good version of sweet tau sar piah, which they sell in small (~5 pcs) and big boxes (~10 pcs). For 60 cents, I think it's good value for money.
Loong Fatt puts in just enough sweet pastry filling. Although I wish they would put more, i won't say they are stingy. I'm more concerned about the pastry, which I prefer to be flakier than Loong Fatt's version. Theirs is quite oily and thick.
If you are very particular about your tau sar piah, take a walk down the block where Loong Fatt is located and try all the different shops (there are more than 3, I believe) and choose the best for yourself.