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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tan Hock Seng

I have never heard of the place until my pal showed me yesterday. Tan Hock Seng is really a gem hidden along Pekin Street selling traditional chinese pastries.
Tan Hock Seng
Perhaps one of the oldest shop there, Tan Hock Seng has already over 70 years of history yet still maintaining its old school style of shop interior and old-fashioned way of arranging goods, reusing its carton boxes as storage boxes with hand written signage indicating the items.

They have a variety of pastries like Beh Teh Sor, Tau Sar Piah, green bean cake, white cake and many other Hokkien pastries that I had never come across. I'm amazed.  Perhaps such confectioneries are at risk of extinction in the next generation if such legacy is not being pass on to the younger generations.

One of the interesting finds I saw was its "老妈糕 Lao Ma Gao". In a box of 4, doughy texture with flour coating, it somehow gave a very familiar fragrance which is too hard for us to recall its resemblance.

Lao Ma Gao

Opted for its salty Tau Sar Piah over the sweet ones in looking for some traditional taste. Instead of having them packed in the commercialized box, they had it packed in translucent SKP plastic bag. Everything was so down to earth and straight froward, just like the good old times.  Its flaky layered of crusts in its butter fragrance with salty Tau Sar paste cradled in its core was simply divine.


Salty Tau Sar Piah - $6 (10 pcs)
I was pretty happy to find little piglets too! I never had thought I would have seen them in such season as they only come out in the market during Mid-Autumn Festival.

Little Piglets - $2.50 (10 pcs)
While white rice cake are most common items on the shelves or can be found at a small corner of super mart. A sweet and salty combination from the traditional rice cakes.

White Rice Cake
Truly love this nostalgic place! Recommended!

Rating: 3.5 / 5

Tan Hock Seng
Location: Far East Square, 45 Pekin St Singapore 048775