Ng Kim Lee stands out from the rest of the shophouses near Bukit Timah Beauty World with its olden style shop front and signboard. They have been in business for nearly 60 years, and are known for their traditional Teochew-style pastries and Western-style cakes.
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Traditional Cakes & Pastries At Low Prices
For over 60 years, Ng Kim Lee Confectionery has been baking traditional Teochew, Hainanese and Western style cakes and pastries. What loyal long-time customers of Ng Kim Lee Confectionery like is their nearly consistent taste and quality all these years, along with their relatively cheap prices.
Ambience at Ng Kim Lee Confectionery is like stepping into a time capsule... The shop looks virtually unchanged since the 1960s. Bright fluorescent lights illuminate the chinese style patterned tiled floor and the rows of baked goods displayed in shelves and large clear glass cabinets. Part of the appeal of Ng Kim Lee Confectionery is the enticing aroma of baking goods which you can smell from along the street!
Service at Ng Kim Lee Confectionery is warm and friendly, the elderly couple and family still man the place. While they can be fast and efficient, it also helps to decide what you what before ordering, to prevent holding up the queue. All orders are takeaway, as Ng Kim Lee Confectionery doesn't have any seating.
Specialties at Ng Kim Lee Confectionery include their Pandan Cake, Cheesecake, Egg Tarts, Muffins, Yam Cake and Zebra Cake. Their traditional pastries like Husband / Wife Biscuits or Pineapple Tarts are pretty good too. Prices are quite cheap, expect to pay around SGD $1 or less per slice of cake.
I like the rich, buttery flavour of the Zebra Cake, which has an interesting contrast of tastes from the vanilla, pandan and chocolate flavours. It's also quite dense instead of being airy.
The Pandan Chiffon Cake is properly light and airy, with a nice bounce to the texture, and a fragrant pandan aroma. Lovely!
The Pineapple Tart is good, but not outstanding. The pineapple filling is sweet and tightly packed, but I prefer the flaky type of crust instead of this slightly more doughy type of crust.
The Muffins are probably one of the most popular items here, and they have 12 different flavours available. At SGD $0.50 per Muffin, they are a steal, and people typically buy boxes of them! The taste is properly buttery, thought I prefer the infused flavours (Orange, Pandan) as compared to the topping flavours (Blueberry).