After walking for like 10 minutes from New Green Pasture Café, I stumbled upon one pastry shop located in the same road. As I read through the menu of house specialties (pineapple tarts, moon pies, coffee cookies, chocolate cookies and rum balls), my attention was most diverted to bean curd tarts since I have never tried (or heard of) bean curd tarts before.
LE Cafe Confectionery & Pastry is the first to produce Singapore’s bean curd tarts. Posters of pictures and pricing were on the wall. (Here’s the complete list of their available items.) Theirs is also one of the talk-of-the-vegetarian-town pastries crafted by hand to have no pork, no lard and known to be “uniquely divine and highly addictive.” I wondered, how true can this be?
Address: 264 Middle Road Singapore 188990 (Other branches: Blk 42 Cambridge Road #01-02 Singapore 210042 and Blk 637 Veerasamy Road #01-111 Singapore 200637)
Contact Numbers: 63372417, 62981477 and 62948813
Opening Hours: 10:30am–7:30 pm Mondays to Saturdays; 10:30am–3:30pm Sundays and Public Holidays
Nearest MRT: Bugis or Little India
Food I Ordered: Bean Curd Tart
The welcoming/ordering area was really small. Behind the counter was an (untidy) office area and they had their stocks in shelves all over the place. Beside the counter were their refrigerators standing like closets where they take the boxes of pastries. Hanging by the walls were the many awards and newspaper clippings kept for recognition and display of appraisal, as well as neat photos of their products.
As I first walked in, I thought there was nobody in there until I walked further. There was only one lady who comes to the counter wherever the motion-sensor alarm senses movement from the entrance and rings a [bell] sound. Does this mean that they are all too busy and occupied inside baking their goodies that they don’t intend to sacrifice one headcount to look out for customers?
Hmmm. Anyway, I was fortunate enough to have gotten the last box of bean curd tarts for the day. The lady said that bean curd tarts are only available after 12:30pm and they are finished up fast. So she recommended to call them first before taking the order from their store.
The minimum I could purchase was eight pieces in a box. I thought they were too much for me to consume so I’ve shared them with my house mates. The bean curd tarts appeared like egg tarts. Wobbly and smooth in texture, the bean curd itself was not too sweet but just fine and delectable. Its crust was thick and buttery, like any crust of normal tarts. As a whole, they were awesome pleasures (might be sinful indulgences, for some)!
Price for Value: ★★★★★
The box of eight costs S$8, so one bean curd tart costs one dollar. As compared to other pastry shops selling other tarts, this one can be affirmed as affordable. For this rate to rack up a heavenly gastronomical experience, I’d say I agree: it’s uniquely divine and highly addictive.
In fact, I’m planning of buying another box before I go to the airport for departure, as a quick Google search didn’t result to any hit that we have them in the Philippines.