Even with 611 Tau Sar Piah’s departure from Balestier Road (they’ve moved to concentrate solely on their VivoCity outlet, and rebranded themselves as “Little Red Shop”), there’s still no shortage of tau sar piah shops there. Today we decided to try the original Loong Fatt Tau Sar Piah, right at the end of Balestier Road, towards the Thomson Road junction.
They make everything by hand here, and it’s hard to imagine being the person meticulously rolling out the shortcrust pastry blob by painstaking blob. The kitchen is as old-school as it gets, but somehow there’s a very chill-out vibe amongst the kitchen helpers as well as the people taking the orders. For a famous joint, they’re all very friendly, nothing like the surly and grouchy people at the other famous confectionary, Tan Hock Seng along Telok Ayer Street.
The effort certainly shows in the finished product. These tau sar piahs are absolutely fabulous – the pastry is soft, flaky and buttery, and there are no gaping hollows between the filling and the pastry, indicating that it’s freshly baked. They’re also much more generous with the filling than 611 Tau Sar Piah.
This is definitely my new favourite tau sar piah place, but the queue and shortage of parking means I don’t think we’ll be coming here all that often. Still, I guess that makes it all the more special when we do have it.
I prefer the Little Red Shop ones just because the sweet ones are sweeter and salty ones are saltier. May not be as refined, but they’ve got a bit more ummph.
Loong Fatt Eating House and Confectionery
639 Balestier Road