Monday, January 18, 2021

Ding Bakery Singapore - Chinese New Year Goodies 2021

We got our first batch of Chinese New Year {CNY} goodies from Ding Bakery this year!

It is about 1 month's time to Chinese New Year 2021!! Which seems about a legit time where you can start decorating your homes and buying all your delicious CNY goodies without worrying that you seem too "kan cheong" ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ

I knew some shops started playing CNY music and selling the goodies the day after Christmas last year, and as much as I love celebrating CNY... that seemed wayyyyyyyy too early for me haha. 

Ding Bakery is based in Singapore and freshly bake their CNY goodies and snacks daily. It is all homemade and handmade, with no preservatives added so most of them are actually recommended to be eaten within 4-6 weeks.

We've tried their goodies before and were satisfied with the taste so were happy to order from them again this year. 

One other thing I like about Ding Bakery is their containers which seem more chic with the metal covers {last year was pink, this year is red}, compared with the usual red plastic covers. They definitely get washed and reused in our household!

To us, the pineapple tart is the quintessential CNY goodie. A real must-have for the season!!

Our family prefers the balls to the open-faced tarts so I ordered both the Award-Winning Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pineapple Tart {Ball} and SCS Butter Pineapple Tart {Ball}

There is a slight difference between both types. The Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pineapple Tart {Ball} costs currently S$22.90 {U.P. S$31.90} and has 32 balls/container {450g} while the SCS Butter Pineapple Tart {Ball} currently costs S$19.90 {U.P. S$28.50} and has 30 balls/container {450g}.

Visually, you can see that the Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pineapple Tart {Ball} have a nicer golden-yellow egg coating compared to the brownish SCS Butter Pineapple Tart {Ball}. They both seem about the same size too.

Ingredients-wise, the Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pineapple Tart {Ball} has additional milk powder added to it while SCS Butter Pineapple Tart {Ball} does not

The tart layer and pineapple paste portion for both seems about the same and honestly, I think that the Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pineapple Tart {Ball} does seem more crumbly and buttery-soft pastry. The difference is really minute though as both are delicious and have moist pineapple filling that's not overtly sweet.

If you ask me, I would suggest getting the Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pineapple Tart {Ball} simply because they cost just S$3 more but look better and have more pineapple tart balls per container hehe. 

The Premium Almond Cookies {330-350g} are so buttery and full of almond flavour! They are not the crispy or crunchy kind, which is how we like them. 

Just as good as the ones my brother-in-law bakes for CNY actually and Lil Pumpkin can finish at least 5-8 pieces each time haha!

Please note that these contain peanut as well, so do avoid if you have allergies. 

The Crispy Salted Egg Seaweed Popiah Cracker {250-300g} is perhaps a "healthier" alternative to the popular salted egg fried fish skin that's so common during CNY. 

Nori seaweed wrapped in popiah skin is used in this snack that is extremely fragrant and crispy. You can smell it once you open the container! There is a generous coating of salted egg yolk powder over each piece and it is really hard to just stop at one...

If you do love your fried fish skin, Ding Bakery does sell the usual Salted Egg Fish Skin but since we got that flavour for the seaweed popiah cracker, we ordered Mala Fish Skin instead because #malaislife

Like the Salted Egg Yolk, there is a strong whiff of mala {麻辣} spices once you open the container that makes you salivate immediately! 

Each piece is deep-fried to a perfect crunch with a generous coating of their own secret blend of mala spice that is salty, spicy and just slightly numbing so that you can still munch on it comfortably without rushing off for a cup of cold milk to cool down after the first bite.

Ooooo look at the mala powder!! *drools*

On the usual 麻辣 scale, I would say that this is a "小辣" so still quite shiok to eat and not exactly a kids-friendly snack.

We can live without almond cookies or fried fish skin, but for CNY, other than pineapple tarts, another must-buy for the season is kueh bangkit, which are delicate tapioca flour and coconut cream cookies.

The best kind literally just melt in your mouth without even a single bite.

Ding Bakery offers the traditional plain flavours, Melt-In-Your-Mouth Kueh Bangkit and Flower Kueh Bangkit, as well as more exotic pandan and gula melaka flavours. 

This time, it's easier to see which is the more expensive Award-Winning Melt-In-Your-Mouth Kueh Bangkit {S$21.90, U.P. S$30.35} which has a butterfly shape, compared to the Flower Kueh Bangkit {S$15.90, U.P. S$19.75}, even though they are both plain white.

Both also weigh 200g and contain approximately 30-35 cookies per container.

Honestly, before I checked online which is which again {because they weren't labeled in the containers I had}, I thought that the Flower Kueh Bangkit was the more expensive version as it was really soft and crumbly. The first piece fell apart just as I picked it up, and I had to take a second one for this picture above. The Melt-In-Your-Mouth Kueh Bangkit seems to have slightly crispier shell that holds its shape better.

Both are very light and soft, and literally melt-in-your-mouth but if I had to choose between the two, I'd go for the cheaper Flower Kueh Bangkit since I can't tell the difference in taste and I like the flower design better heh. 

If you prefer to try the products before purchasing, Ding Bakery offers free tasting at their shop in 140 Paya Lebar Road, AZ Building, #03-13, Singapore 409015. You can make your purchases on the spot and they also offer free delivery for all shop and online orders over S$100 {super convenient!}, 90 mins same day express delivery and even delivery to multiple locations island-wide daily.

Please note that current CNY early bird promotional prices {about 15-50% OFF} are until end Jan 2021 only and a few items are already out of stock so if you wish to make an order with them, do so quickly! (*⌒∇⌒*) Check out Ding Bakery online shop or call +658890 9055 for more details. 

P.S. Also have a look at Wang Lai Bakery CNY goodies 2021 here.


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