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7 traditional bakeries in Singapore for old-school pastries and treats

Take a trip down memory lane in these local heritage bakeries which sell all sorts of traditional cakes and biscuits from ang ku kueh and soon kueh to swiss rolls and "traffic light" buttercream cakes.
 

THE PINE GARDEN: BUTTERCREAM CAKES

#01-2369, 529 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, tel: 6459-5507.

There’s a fusion of the old and new in this heritage bakery. While their buttercream cakes are designed to look like the old school buttercream cakes that we know and love, the bakery also does new-fangled flavours to draw in the younger crowd. There are flavours such as lychee martini, sea salt caramel, Nutella, and pulat hitam. But if you’re all for tradition, opt for their “traffic light” cakes which are rarely seen in modern bakeries nowadays.

RICH AND GOOD CAKE SHOP: SWISS ROLLS

24 Kandahar Street, tel: 6294-3324.

 

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For good old swiss rolls, this cake shop does it best. Made fresh daily, the swiss rolls are fuss-free but absolutely delicious. The kaya swiss rolls take you down memory lane with the fragrant green coconut jam filling and soft, fluffy sponge cake. The other flavours such as the mango and mandarin orange are equally delightful. The sponge cake of the former is slathered thickly with sweet and sour mango jam, while the latter features bits of orange in the smooth cream. 

TIONG BAHRU GALICIER PASTRY: NYONYA KUEHS

#01-39, 55 Tiong Bahru Road, tel: 6324-1686.

 

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Pay a visit to this old-school bakery if you love your Nyonya kueh. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the wide array of selections here. One of their most popular kuehs is the ondeh ondeh, where a bite into the chewy sweet potato skin unleashes a burst of sweet gula melaka. Other recommended kuehs include the kueh ambon (honeycomb cake), kueh dadar (white coconut roll) and the putu ayu (coconut cupcakes).

KUEHS AND SNACKS: TEOCHEW KUEHS

#01-164, 125 Bukit Merah Lane 1, tel: 6273-5875.

 

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From ang ku kuehs (red tortoise cake) and soon kuehs (bamboo shoot cake) to ku chye kuehs (chives cake) and png kuehs (rice cake), this shop has these them all. The savoury kuehs at Kuehs and Snacks are all handmade. The skins of the kuehs are very refined, thin and smooth while the fillings are generous. We love that the ang ku kuehs come in traditional flavours like peanut and green bean as well as more interesting ones such as durian, coffee and green tea. They are also known for their black kueh, the more devilish cousin to the pink png kueh. It features either a green bean or a sesame filling encased with a black skin made from Chinese herbs. 

BALMORAL BAKERY: PUFF PASTRIES

#01-06, Sunset Way, 105 Clementi Road, Street 12, tel: 6779-2064.

 

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This HDB bakery is mainly known for their puff pastries, which feature crusty and buttery crusts. These include their meat pies and curry puffs. We preferred their sweet pastries however, such as the cream puffs, where the creamy filling oozes out of the light and fluffy shell the moment we bite into it. There are also nostalgic treats like cream cones, custard tarts and buttercream cakes.

NG KIM LEE CONFECTIONERY: MINI MUFFINS

4 Chun Tin Rd, tel: 6466-3515.

 

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If there was any indication that this was a heritage bakery, it would be the blue old-school metal shutters and the very vintage-looking signboard at the shop front. Inside, the bakery is filled with all sorts of goodies. There are traditional Chinese pastries, local biscuits and old-school cakes such as zebra butter cakes. But if you are only buying one thing, go for their no-frills mini muffins, which come in an assortment of flavours such as pandan, chocolate walnut banana, blueberry and strawberry.

SING HON LOONG BAKERY: BREADS

4 Whampoa Dr, tel: 6256-0878.

 

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After a good meal at the nearby Whampoa Food Centre, drop by Sing Hon Loong Bakery for preservative-free, unbranded, fuss-free traditional breads to buy home. While most of their bread is sold to retailers and coffee shops, they do reserve a rack of breads and buns just for the general public. We love the sugar coated sweet buns, which would go well with a cup of light tea. The fresh plain loaves are so fluffy and soft, and taste well on its own or slathered with kaya and butter. 

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