The Best Pineapple Tarts, Chinese New Year Cookies, Ice Cream And More
Pineapple Tarts and Other Cookies
Seong Ying Chai Mooncakes
For traditional pastries, seek out this Chinatown bakery, an intergenerational business devoid of modern machinery; everything is molded by hand. Besides selling mooncakes every Mid-Autumn Festival, the bakery also turns out Nyonya pineapple tarts that sell surprisingly well during Christmas. With Covid-19 still rampant in the foreseeable future, Seong Ying Chai only opens for collection by appointment; fill out this form to preorder your pineapple tarts and almond cookies (RM35 per jar) before swinging by the bakery.
Call or WhatsApp +6019-831 9019 to pick up from 191A Jalan Hang Jebat, Kuala Lumpur
TATLER TIP: Seong Ying Chai highly encourages bringing your own tiffin carriers or containers for storing your cookies.
That Last Bite
Crowned one of the Klang Valley's top home bakers by the Tatler Dining team, Evelyn Yeoh of That Last Bite is painstakingly particular about consistency, going to lengths to get her preferred brand of butter and packaging her products until the wee hours. What we like about That Last Bite's range is that there's something for everyone. Classic bites include original pineapple tarts (RM33 per jar) and peanut cookies (RM30 per jar) whereas contemporary creations run the gamut from Earl Grey Melting Moments (RM33 per jar) to Valrhona Sea Salt Shortbread (RM39 per jar). View the full menu.
WhatsApp +6013-653 3160
Hands-on types will take a shining to this do-it-yourself cookie kit by Little Collins. For RM58, the set includes two bento molds in the shape of a bear and rabbit, halal-certified ingredients, a rolling pin and an instruction card, thereby cutting down on time spent in the kitchen—but you wouldn't be lying if you say you baked it yourself. Can't be bothered lifting a finger? Consider the bakery's ready-made Golden Cake Pops instead.
Unable to lead food tours in Penang during lockdown, tour guide Mark Ng of Simply Enak has been cooking and baking more than than ever. In fact, Ng started shouldering his family's two-decade-old cookie business since his father's passing.
An homage to his dad, Ng Ah Kaw, NAK Cookies specialises in pork-free, bite-sized treats, including green pea cookies with a vegetal quality.
"To help my mum stay focused, we will go beyond Chinese New Year cookies and sell them year round," says Ng.
WhatsApp +6012-321 8854
TATLER TIP: Based in Penang, NAK Cookies is available to customers in the Klang Valley too; Ng drives down to deliver the goods himself.
Tommy le Baker
Not a traditional pastry per se, Wang Long Bing or pineapple jam tarts are Tommy le Baker's own invention. A scone of sorts, the egg-free, fruit-flecked treat is an annual Chinese New Year special, so get yours before they fly off the shelves. Add a loaf of sourdough bread or cookies to your order to make the delivery fee worthwhile.
Order online or pick up from 82, Zhongshan Building, Jalan Rotan, Kampung Attap, Kuala Lumpur
That Last Bite
We almost never feature the same baker twice in a list, but That Last Bite's seasonal sourdough loaves sound almost too good to be true. Stuffed to the core with chicken bak kwa and camembert, each sweet, salty and smoky loaf is hefty enough to share among relatives. In keeping with the grazing platters trend, the home baker is also offering a smorgasbord heaped with cheese, crackers, homemade dip, mandarin oranges, honeycomb cookies, and matcha butter cake.
WhatsApp +6013-653 3160
Related: 7 Of The Best Sourdough Spots In KL And PJ
Crème De La Crème
This isn't a mahjong tile you want to slap on a table while yelling "pong"! Crème De La Crème's Huat Ah! ice cream confection should be savoured in all its cool deliciousness; organic honey chrysanthemum ice cream meets lychee rose and peach sorbet in this lifelike treat.
More festive desserts by the ice cream parlour include the Jade Bamboo with pineapple hibiscus compote, salted caramel ice cream, and mango passion sorbet; the Moo-moo, which merges aged Pu Er ice cream with Japanese yuzu sorbet; and the Lo Gam with French dark chocolate ice cream, mandarin sorbet and candied orange. Try the entire Chinese New Year collection for RM118, which includes a reusable cooler bag.
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Measuring 6 inches across and feeding 6 to 8 pax, Inside Scoop's Mandarin Ice Cream Cake, brings a bit of zest to any Chinese New Year gathering. Like a posher, plus-sized version of Terry's Chocolate Orange, the dessert relies on the time-tested combination of chocolate and citrus, so there's a bit of creaminess and tanginess in every bite. Every order comes with a complimentary pack of ang pows (while stocks last) and a handwritten message so the sender can add a personalised touch.
See also: 10 Subtle Ways To Use Colours At Home This Chinese New Year