Along with the upcoming Chinese New Year comes a slew of must-have goodies to celebrate the occasion. Having so many snacks can make decision making tough.
I used to face this dilemma until a few years ago when I decided to narrow down the goodies to just a few — mandarin orange, bak kwa (hopefully from Lim Chee Guan), kueh lapis (only from Bengawan Solo), and pineapple tarts.
Many know my fancy for pineapple tarts, giving me opportunities to try various brands over the years. One of my current favourites is the LE Pastry‘s golf ball-sized version. These tarts come with moist pineapple filling housed in a buttery crust.
Another brand is what I’d like to talk about today. A business associate of mine gave me a box of SunnyHills pineapple cake from Taiwan. The box came with 10 individually-wrapped pieces. I’ve always been impressed with the pride Taiwanese companies devote to their packaging — they’re on par with the Japanese.
My first experience with SunnyHill years ago wasn’t memorable — the filling was a little too sour for my liking so I’ve never bothered looking for it when I’m there.
Filled with the apprehension from my initial encounter, I gently took a bite and was prepared to be hit by the sourness. But, the pineapple filling wasn’t sour at all. In fact, it was sour-sweet, the best kind of taste for a filling. Too sweet and it feels like jam. But not this. It was just what I like for my pineapple filling.
The pineapple was nicely shredded so it gives a good bite feel and is great for chewing.
Made with New Zealand grass-fed butter and fine Japanese flour, the crust is buttery and slightly crumbly, which makes it easy to bite and eat without crumbs dropping everywhere.
I’m sold. SunnyHills has redeemed itself. I may make an added stop in my next trip to Taiwan.
The truth is that you do not need to fly all the way to Taiwan to get your SunnyHill pineapple cake fix. You can get it in Singapore at 391 Orchard Road #B2-27A Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238872.