Quick one – for those of you who, like me, are fans of Balestier tau sar piahs, but find it way too inconvenient to drive all the way to Balestier and hunt for non-existent parking, only to walk away with just 6 or 8 tau sar piahs, this should be a godsend. One of the stalls along Balestier, 611 Tau Sar Piah, has opened a branch in the basement of VivoCity!
I’m really pleased. This means I can get my tau sar piah fix every time A feels a Superdog craving coming on. Ok, I’m nowhere near as obsessed about tau sar piahs as I am about, say Krispy Kremes, but these do make quite a nice little snack. And before you say that all tau sar piahs are the same, I assure you that they’re not. In fact, I’m only a fan of the Balestier sort – the kind that are filled with red bean or lotus paste, and are both flaky and a little crispy and buttery. In contrast, all other sorts including pre-packed ones from Malaysia and even the so-called renowned ones from Tan Hock Seng are dry and crumbly and seem to use green bean paste rather than real tau sar.
Anyway, with a spanking new website/blog, 611 Tau Sar Piah looks poised to re-introduce tau sar piahs to the new generation. Will they succeed, given that it’s quite an old-school snack? I hope so; I think the proper Balestier ones are quite underrated, and I’d like to see a revival of sorts before the last few stores die a natural death.
C writes an awful lot for a quick post!
Anyway, I like the tau sar piah. Although, when I had them for breakfast the next day, I couldn’t really tell the difference between the sweet and salty versions. They really should be eaten on the day they’re made I guess.
611 Tau Sar Piah
VivoCity Basement 2
Opening hours: 10am-10pm (or until they sell out earlier)