[Taipei] Chia Te Bakery’s Pineapple Cakes
Chia Te (佳德) is an extremely popular bakery, most famous for its pineapple pastry/pineapple cake/huang li su (鳳梨酥). It has a long history since 1975. The one and only outlet in Taiwan is located in Taipei city and it is always crowded with excited customers.
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Trays of pineapple pastries to pick from. Each pineapple pastry, individually wrapped, cost NT$27 each. There are different flavours such as cranberry but the most popular type is still the original pineapple pastry.
The mildly sweet filling is slightly moist and the density just right. The crust is soft, not flaky and does not overwhelm the filling when you bite into it. It is truly the best pineapple pastry we have tasted and superior to the one made by its rival, Li Yi (李儀餅店). I verified this personally though a blind-fold test!
Besides pineapple pastries, the bakery also sells a variety of other confectioneries. Here’s a sun cake (太陽餅) but in this case, we found the taste inferior to its rival brand, Li Yi (李儀餅店). I also verified this through a blind-fold test!
CHIA TE BAKERY CO. 佳德糕餅有限公司
Address: No. 88, SEc 5, Nanjing East Rd,, Taipei, Taiwan Click here for Google Map.
Opening Hours/營業時間: AM7:30~PM9:30
Take train to Nanjing East Road MRT Station, and take buses 46, 204, 248, 277, 279, 282, 306, 604. Alight at 三民路口 bus stop, about 5 to 10 min bus ride. (thanks to FrannyWanny for the bus numbers and reader weoseek for the bus stop name). Click here for bus directions on Google Maps. Alternatively, take a cab if you are unsure where the bus stops are.New metro station(Nov 2014): Take train to Nanjing Sanmin MRT Station. The store is right outside.
Alternatively, selected 7-11 stores in Taipei now stock the Chia Te pineapple cakes, but at a higher price than the original bakery.
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This article is written by contributing writer, B.