There is a sweet spot in Selegie. We found ourselves at the corner of Middle Road and Selegie Road recently. It is also a dangerous place in Singapore where it is easy to succumb to temptation from the two shops selling desserts. After some internal conflict, we caved in. But since sharing is caring, we will share our calories with you. We show you the desserts that we bought and ate from Le Cafe Confectionery and Rochor Original Beancurd. Hopefully you will also be tempted. If we can’t stay slim, we can all gain weight together (*evil laughter*).
Le Cafe Confectionery
Le Cafe Confectionery and Pastry conducts business out of an old shophouse. Pictures of their products are displayed in a big display at the front. There is a list of their products on a table inside. Some of the actual products were also on display. Le Cafe Confectionery specialises in confectionery and makes quite a range of products, but they are most famous for their golf-ball sized and shaped pineapple tarts. Chinese new year is the time when these tarts fly off the shelves, but these pineapple tarts are available all year round.
We ended up buying a box of the Le Cafe golf ball pineapple tarts ($10.20 for 10 pieces) and a box of Singapore’s first Moon Pies in assorted flavours ($16 for 8 pieces). They are called moon pies because they contain fillings usually associated with mooncakes.
As you can see the Moon Pies are very attractive. It is best to buy an assorted set as they look prettiest this way. As for the taste, we thought they were all good but our favourites were the red bean and the yam. Best eaten with some Chinese tie guan yin tea as that is the best drink to go with mooncakes.
Initially, we hesitated buying the box of pineapple tarts. It felt weird to eat something so closely associated with Chinese New Year outside the season. A bit like playing Christmas carols in April. But still, we were there and it would be a pity to let the opportunity pass. The pineapple tarts were all evenly made and the taste was consistent – buttery pastry with a nice pineapple core.
Rochor Original Beancurd
Around the corner from Le Cafe is the Rochor Original Beancurd shop. According to their signboard, they have been in business since 1960. There are tables for dining in, but we decided to buy some items for takeaway.
These were the items that we bought – the must try bean curd ($1.20) and also sesame balls that contain peanut paste ($1 each). The taste of the beancurd was smooth and refreshing. The fried sesame coated balls have a nice chewy texture. Best eaten with a cup of robust espresso.
This concludes our tale of an afternoon of delightful traditional Singapore desserts and unnecessary calories.
Le Cafe Confectionery & Pastry
MIDDLE ROAD (MAIN)
264 Middle Road,
David Elias Building
Tel : +65 6337 2417
Mon – Sat : 10.30am – 7.00pm
Sun & PH : 10.30am – 4.00pm
Rochor Original Beancurd
2 Short St, Singapore 188211
Tel: 6334 1138