Every time I go to Taiwan, I would lug back boxes of local snacks like pineapple cakes, sun cakes and varied types of prettily packaged sweets and chocolates. Well, you may say some are already available in Singapore, but the quality is just not quite the same with the exception of a few brands. (Read: Sophisca from Taiwan).
Noticed this Japanese-looking new confectionary Sweet Musings at The Star Vista, which sells the popular pineapple cakes, Fu Bell cakes and Egg Rolls! You won’t miss this huge machinery at the side with chefs at work, churning out goodies which show that the Taiwanese delights are not imported, but made fresh within the stores.
Everything from the artfully designed boxes, white outer packaging and look of the rectangular golden Pineapple Cake (each $2.50) immediately reminded me of SunnyHills at Raffles Hotel.
The ‘Lao Ban Niang’ Erica Wang at Sweet Musings says that she uses only high quality imported ingredients, such as a gluten-free ‘super-light’ flour from Taiwan to achieve the texture she wants. On my first bite, I thought that the pineapple jam was slightly bitter, not as sweet as I imagined to, and the outer layer was not too crumbly, making eating a lot less messy.
Perhaps I am used to the Sunny Hills version, I preferred their lighter sweet jam and buttery crunch slightly more. With that said, the Sweet Musings’ versions are still higher in quality and taste than the average brand, even those I bought from the Taiwan airports.
The ‘Tai Yang Ping’ Sun Cake is one the most typical souvenirs people buy from Tai Chung. Some of the Sun Cakes I had could be flaky or too hard, almost like a flat rock. Sweet Musings’ Sun Cake ($2 per piece) has a soft pillow-like outer layer, with chewy maltose fillings. You can imagine a couple sharing this by the sunset, full of romance and gentleness – probably one of the best offerings at the store.
Sweet Musings is like a real Taiwanese souvenir shop that you haven’t discovered yet – with Fluffy Honey Cake, Delicate Egg Pudding in Egg Shells, Panna Cotta Desserts, Mocha Mousse Cakes, Nougats (love this), 3Q cake and Taro cakes, full of little pretty snackish knick knacks to buy.
Plus the down-to-earth sincere friendliness of the Lao Ban Niang is what I miss about Taiwan so so so much.
Sweet Musings 一畝甜
The Star Vista Mall #02-05 (beside Buona Vista MRT Station)
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Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm