Update Notes:
. May 2023: Update the purchase method and add brands outside Taipei recommended by my friends  

Like every Singaporean has his/her best chicken rice place, I also have my personal favourite pineapple cake (鳳梨酥; feng li su) brands (and it’s different from my mom’s!). So today I want to share mine, my mom’s, and my friends’ top picks to buy as souvenirs! And places to buy if you are in Singapore but have a craving for it (Not all of them are available in Singapore but I’ve tried my best)!

Before I start, please note that technically, the pineapple cake is not made of pineapple! Because the pure pineapple sauce is a bit sour and comes with a fibre texture, the main ingredient of pineapple cakes is winter melons actually. There are some shops that started to produce pineapple cakes made by pineapple entirely because more people started to look for lesser sweet choices. To distinguish 2 types of cakes, we call the one made from pineapple “authentic pineapple cake” (土鳳梨酥; tu feng li su). But don’t worry, in this article, I will share the top picks for both!

Pan’s cake (小潘蛋糕坊; xiao pan dan gao fang)

Pineapple Tarts from Pan's cake in Taipei.
Photo Credit: Albert Hsieh| Flickr

Pan’s Cake is located in an alley in Banqiao (板橋; ban qiao), New Taipei City (新北市; xin bei shi). Given it’s just a local bakery, the milky smell and sweet taste are well-known to almost everyone in Taipei. Their pineapple cake is good, but you must try the egg yolk pineapple cake (鳳凰酥; feng huang su). You will be addicted to the sweet and salty flavour for sure! But to be honest, this bakery is not located in the Taipei City area. Because of the long distance and long queue, I only recommend you buy online or open your eyes when you come across any place selling souvenirs. During my trip back to Taiwan, I am aware of some convenience stores like 7-ELEVEN or FamilyMart selling it! You can search on Shopee if you are in Singapore.

Address of Pan’s Cake: No. 11-1, Lane 135, Zhongzheng Road, Banqiao District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 220 (google map)

SunnyHills (微熱山丘; wei re shan qiu)

Photo Captured from SunnyHills Official Website

The authentic pineapple cake (土鳳梨酥; tu feng li su) of SunnyHills is my favourite pineapple tart. Because it’s made of pineapple and they only use good quality local ingredients, the pineapple cake is well balanced with natural flavours. It is not too sour, not too sweet. The package is good for gifts as well.

There are a few of SunnyHills shops. If you are in Singapore, Shanghai, or Tokyo, you can find them there also! For a complete shop list, you can check https://www.sunnyhills.com.tw/store/en/

On the other hand, you can only buy from the SunnyHills Official Online Shop.

Chia Te Bakery (佳德; chia te)

Photo Credit: iCarry

Chia Te is established in 1975. This bakery has won a lot of pineapple cake awards. You can find not only classic pineapple cakes here, but also interesting flavours like egg yolk, cranberry, and walnut. During Chinese New Year period, people spend hours queueing for pineapple cakes as gifting! The fascinating part of this bakery is, there is only one Chi Te in Taiwan but the location is very convenient – it’s just outside the Nanjing Sanmin MRT Station!

Extra note: The nougat biscuit (蔥軋餅; Cong Ga Bing) of Chia Te is very nice. Every time I go back to Taiwan, I buy nougat biscuits for my boyfriend’s family. And they still enjoy it after a few years!

Both the pineapple cake and nougat biscuit can be found on Shopee. For those who plan to visit Taiwan or who are willing to pay for the international shipping fee, you can also order from Chia Te’s Official Website. Order online and collect at the shop is also available.

Address of Chia Te: No. 88號, Section 5, Nanjing East Road, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105 (Google Map)

AMO (阿默; a mo)

Photo Credit: AMO

AMO is a famous cake brand in Taiwan. But AMO also produces my mom’s favourite authentic pineapple cake called Black Bricks Pineapple Cake (黑磚鳳梨酥; hei zhuan feng li su) in shops. Compare with other brands, the skin is slightly darker so the smell and the crisp taste are stronger also. So given the price is higher, my mon is willing to pay more to get one pineapple cake from AMO. There are a lot of AMO shops in Taiwan, you can check the AMO shop list here. AMO is a more niche and local choice so I can’t find places in Singapore selling it yet.

CHIMEI (奇美; chi mei )

CHIMEI is a very big business group founded in Tainan (台南; tai nan) which involves in so many industries including material, consumer products, food, etc. According to my friend growing up in Tainan, the quality of CHIMEI’s food is generally good so he recommends CHIMEI. CHIMEI produces both type of pineapple cakes and if you are in Taiwan, you can buy from its online store and collect at the convenience stores. In Singapore, you can buy online with lesser choices.

By the way, if you plan to visit Tainan (台南; tai nan), remember to visit CHIMEI Museum. It’s a very magnificent place built by the founder of CHIMEI. He basically opens his properties and personal collections to the public because he wants to leave some good legacy to the next generations.

Photo Credit: CHIMEI

TCKW (關廟鐵金剛; guan miao tie jin gang )

TCKW is also a brand recommended by my friends living in southern Taiwan. The special part of this brand is they sell pineapple cakes made with clay oven rolls (燒餅鳳梨酥; shao bing feng li su) and they have the pattern! And TCKW also won lots of pineapple-related awards previously. It’s hard to find in Singapore but if you saw it in stores in Taiwan, please give it a try!

Photo Credit: TCKW

Dawn Cake (日出, ri chu)

Dawn Cake is a very famous brand founded in Taichung (台中, Taichung). They sell 3 types of pineapple cakes:

  • Authentic pineapple cake (土鳳梨酥; tu feng li su) give you a sour and sweet flavour.
  • Salty pineapple cake (鹹鳳梨酥; xian feng li su) is made with pineapple and egg yolk so it’s salty and sweet.
  • No.17 pineapple cake ( 17號鳳梨酥; shi qi hao feng li su) is made with Golden Diamond Pineapple (ie. No.17 Pineapple) so it’s sweeter than the other 2 types of pineapple cakes.

Check Dawn Cake’s Official Website if you want to buy online or visit their shop in Taichung. One of their physical shops, Miyahara (宮原眼科, gong yuan yan ke) is a must-go place if you are in Taichung.

Photo Credit: Dawn Cake

Above are our top picks. Not a lot but I hope you enjoy the sweet part in Taiwan. 🙂

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