Going to Penang? Everyone ask you for tau sar piah.
Going to Melaka? Everyone ask you for……..well, what else. Pineapple tarts.
I had some really good pineapple tarts before and frankly, these weren’t from the streets from Melaka. These were from some home enterprises that sells them only during Chinese New Year.
But for your all year round fix, take your chances and venture around Melaka town.
As you know I was in Melaka for the weekend courtesy of Casa del Rio. It was a wonderful hotel and I was grateful that I could rest in comfort and luxury after each food hunting episode on the hot sweltering roads of Melaka town.
I had put out a request on twitter, FB and my FB page for recommendations. The replies I got were the usual suspects of Christina Ee, LW and Bibik House. A few recommended some far away outlets that the unforgiving Melaka heat and jams just doesn’t seem to make it worth the drive.
And surprisingly, most local Malaccans friends (or maybe just the ones I know) couldn’t’ recommend “the best” place for me to get my pineapple tarts. So for a start for this trip, I’m testing out the usual suspects on Jonker Street.
Perhaps for my next trip I’ll venture out to uncharted territories like one that’s near the prison (as recommended by Brian Moh) and another at god-knows-where named Bee Bee’s (as recommended by Donn Donovey).
Do leave me a comment if you have a personal favourite that I could try! 🙂
So here goes, a comparison of 7 different pineapple tarts I had to force myself to eat (along with 3 other tasters) on a hot Sunday afternoon by the fountain in Casa del Rio.
The numbers 1-7 denotes their ranking among this batch.
So yes, Nyonya Story (quite unheard of yes?) ranks top.
|Pineapple Jam||Crumb/pastry||Price||Overall Rating:|
|1. Nyonya Story Enterprise||The jam has the best texture with a melt-in-the-mouth feel yet it retained the thread-like fibre which gives it a nice bite.
However, if it has more pineapple flavour and tang, it would have been perfect!
|I like this the best among all as it has the pastry is tastier (saltier than the rest) with a distinctive buttery aroma.||RM7.00 for the small box||8.5/10Location: Jonker Street|
|2. LW Pineapple Tarts House, Jonker Street||The jam has a nice pineapple tang and a balanced sweetness.
It is slightly more fibrous than I would have like but I like the strong flavour of pineapples.LW’s tarts also happens to be the smallest among all for almost the same price.
|The crumbs is very soft and shatters easily upon handling. I prefer Nyonya Story’s as the pastry is tastier.
LW’s is pretty plain though still buttery.
|3. Christina Ee||I like the tanginess and the fact it is not too sweet.||The crumb is nicely buttery but overall it seemed a bit dry.||RM7.50||7.0/10 Location:Jonker Street.|
|4. Pooh Kean||Though it has the pineapple tanginess, it was a bit too sweet for us.||The pastry is a bit dry and it breaks easily into coarse crumbs.||RM14.00 (only the big box available)
It’s safe to estimate it at RM7 for the small box since all the smaller packaging is half the amount of tarts in the big boxes.
|6.5/10 Location:Jonker Street.|
|5. Taste Better||This one was a tad more fibrous than necessary.
We find it too sweet as well.
|The pastry was decently buttery and it melts in the mouth.||RM8.00||6.0/10 Location:Jonker Street.|
|6. Babe Charlie Nyonya Cake||This one was way too sweet!||Since this is the open faced version the pastry was probably made using margarine.
The crust is more biscuit-like and resilient to handling.
It was somewhat tastier too.
Location:Jalan Tengkera, 75200 Malacca
|7. Bibik House||Too fibrous, too sweet. Enough said.||Very crumbly and it lacked the buttery aroma we prefer.||RM15.00 (also only big boxes available)||4.0/10Location:Jonker Street.|
|CONCLUSION:||Best pineapple jam goes to LW followed by Nyonya Story and then Christina Ee.But I still won’t eat any of them voluntarily.||Best pastry goes to Nyonya Story followed by LW.||All of them are similarly priced:Small – RM7 or RM8+
Big boxes goes for RM11 – RM14.
|Since this is my first attempt at seeking the “best pineapple tarts in Melaka” I started at Jonker Street.
For upcoming trips I would be keen to find other outlets so please do recommend me any of your favourites!
Nyonya Story Enterprise.
LW Pineapple Tarts House, Jonker Street.
Christina Ee. Quite a challenge to find as there are no big signboard on the shop but just 2 small buntings at the side of the shop.
I love the presentation though. It looks very handmade and the fillings has a really nice golden hue.
Pooh Kean. A bit off the main street but no less busy.
POH KEONG ENTERPRISE No.81 Jalan Tokong, 75200 Melaka. Tel: +6012-613 4338
Taste Better. This is the one near the Geographer Cafe.
But seriously, it could “Taste Better“. Especially so for the fillings.
Babe Charlie Nyonya Cake. This is the only open faced one that I bought and it is the only one available for sale at Baba Charlie. My advice? Stick to the nyonya kuih. Even the nasi lemak I bought here was below par.
Bibik House. Forget this one. Really.
All tasting were done on the butter crust (the margarine crust are the round open faced ones tarts) version. One exception was Baba Charlie because they only sell the open faced tarts.
Every outlet offers 2 options for the crust; margarine – open faced tarts or butter – the rolled tarts. The pineapple jam fillings remained the same.
Lastly, I have given away all the pineapple tarts (all 7 boxes of them) as I didn’t think they were worth the calories. Though Nyonya Story is the best among them, I still do not think they are good enough.
My preference for pineapple tarts are firm but crumbly pastry when bitten into (not break apart upon touch) and it has to be slightly salty. And I like my pineapple filling to have fibres in it and be on the tart/tangy side rather than just plain diabetically sweet.
So what do you guys think?
What other pineapple tarts should I try? Leave me a comment! 🙂
* This Melaka trip was made possible by Casa del Rio, Melaka. Thank you to the management for the splendid stay and providing me the opportunity to explore the rich cultural state of Melaka! 🙂
Casa del Rio Boutique Hotel
88, Jalan Kota Laksamana 75200 Malacca, Malaysia