Loong Fatt Tau Sar Piah
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.