Crunchy Bottoms

Striking the caloric balance. Barely.

Le Cafe Confectionery & Pastry

Le Cafe Confectionery & Pastry

There are few things in this world that are silky smooth and crunchy all at the same time.

Here are my top three:

1. Zha Liang/ Zha Leong – Dough Fritters wrapped in Rice Rolls.

2. Egg Tarts from Tong Heng.

3. Bean Curd Tarts.

You’ll see plenty of Zha Leongs in future posts, because I’ve been hunting down the best in Sg, and I’ve loved Tong Heng egg tarts since they started out from being sold at $0.90 till the $1.40 that they are now. Tempting little buggers are the ultimate sin whenever I’m in the Maxwell area.

And then there are these tempting cretins whenever I’m in the Middle Road area – which is pretty much every day now.

Bean Curd Tarts ($8 for 8)

These aren’t egg tarts. These are tarts that make me want to say goodbye to the dunking of my you tiao into syrupy bowls of bean curd. Alright, so I don’t actually do that, but that’s the idea.

You get it all in one tart.

At its best when it’s chilled and fresh from Le Cafe’s fridge, the first bite is a contemplative munch of the shortbread pastry tart base, sweet and crunchy. Then the next, you get the filling. It’s subtle and delicate, the distinct taste of beancurd is so mild yet arresting at the same time, and the curd is so light it melts. It’s masterful.

And it seems like the folks at Le Cafe know that one isn’t enough because they only sell the tarts in boxes of 8 for $8. I seem to keep stumbling across $1 goodies.

Pineapple Tarts ($8.50 for 10)

It’s like these people are the sorcerers of the oven or something, and most of anyone agrees. The newspapers do. They’re plastered all over the front of the shop you’ll need to spend at least 5 seconds figuring out where the entrance to the shop is. It’s on the left, and I’m telling you this now so that you are 5 seconds closer to your box of 8. I had to shuffle around the numerous accolades and award plagues to get to the makeshift cashier. It’s staggering.

Reservations seem popular, although I did snag a box without any.

I also happened to accidentally bump a box of pineapple tarts into my receipt.

Le Cafe calls them the ‘Golf Ball’ Pineapple Tarts, and they’re serious. These are huge things not meant to be trifled with. Their thin, buttery pastry barely covers the crazy amount of sticky filling within. It’s a little too much, but that’s just me. They’re always sold out and ordered by the hundreds come Chinese New Year.

But yes, the Bean Curd tart has made the top three of my Textural Book. Just genius.

What’s your best textural experience?

Le Cafe Confectionery & Pastry


264 Middle Road Singapore 188990

Opening Hours:

Mon – Sat: 10.30am – 7pm

Sun & Public Holidays: 10.30am – 3pm

Tel: 6337 2417

9 responses to “Le Cafe Confectionery & Pastry

  1. alkanphel July 1, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Whenever I pass by this shop, I always wonder why they need to display so many awards and articles about their tarts. It’s really overkill I feel!

  2. rachael July 23, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    omg yess!! i got so angry every time the tong heng tarts increased by 10 cents .. ahh the good ol’ days of it being under a dollar. love the walnut cookies too, they melt in your mouth (and the rest of the items here zha leong love love loveee)

    (eeks i’m not the sgdaily please delete previous comment)

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