Old-school bakeries in Singapore are disappearing in time, and one of those that regulars fondly head to is Tiong Bahru Galicier Pastry.
According to Eatbook, the family-owned business MAY BE closing shop soon due to an impending sale of the unit, and a possible retirement of the owners sometime end June or July 2022.
So fans should make their way their to get some of their Kuehs should you miss them. However, do head down earlier as several of the popular items can be sold out by noon time, matched with a very long line.
Also note that the shop is closed both Sunday and Monday now.
Tiong Bahru Galicier Pastry first opened in 1975 near Killiney Road and was called “Dong Le Yuan” back then, till it gave way to urban modernisation at Orchard.
It moved to Tiong Bahru (a short walking distance from Tiong Bahru Food Centre) and started selling traditional Nonya Kuehs taught by the grandmother.
When asked the year Tiong Bahru Galicier Pastry was founded, owner Jenny Soh looked a little stunned (as if nobody ever asked that question before), “Before the world war, before I was born!” and laughed.
She still had a photo dated 1975 of her old shop located at Orchard Road, and said she would have been a very rich woman had the shop not made way for the shopping centres.
Fans of Nonya Cakes have to be careful stepping into the shop… because it sells so many old-fashioned kueh you would feel like buying the entire shop.
It is a place to bring the children to have a look, as getting to know their products can be an excellent food history lesson.
Their variety include the orange Pandan Tapioca Cake, Ondeh Ondeh, Kueh Kosoi, Kueh Ambon honeycomb cake, and Kueh Salat.
Popular items include the Ondeh Ondeh and Kueh Dadar – sweetened, rolled-up coconut crepes.
I enjoyed the Lemper Udang which is a glutinous rice roll filled with spicy dried shrimp wrapped in a banana leaf.
If you never had it before, you can say this is like nonya kueh meets bak zhang, and is yummy for being savoury and sweet at the same time.
Most were so smooth and not overly sweet that you may not be able to stop eating. There is something about handmade cakes that factory-made ones cannot replace.
Tiong Bahru Galicier Pastry
55 Tiong Bahru Road #01-39 Singapore 160055 (5 min walk from Tiong Bahru Market)
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm (Tues – Sat), Closed Sun, Mon