Loong Fatt Tau Sar Piah

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Cheap and good!
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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.

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Brings back the memories
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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!
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A Taste Of Tradition
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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.

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Good, but not best
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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.

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