This tau sar piah store packs some seriously good stuff! We love the variety of goodies in the shop, but the price is just right. The tau sar piah is simply irresistable once it's made fresh from the oven. It's so good that my aunty keeps going back every week to buy boxes for the whole family!
I luurrve the sweet tau sar piah - just enough sweetness of the tau sar filling balanced with saltiness of the crispy fragrant crust that smells wonderful fresh from the oven. It's so good that I often nibble at it slowly to savour the textures, and having one is never enough, I always end up eating two or three at a go!!
Parking may be a problem cause it's located along the main road, although you can still get away with parking round the corner and walking a short distance to the store.
Best to go on weekday afternoon when the queues are less long, you'd probably get the crusty yummy piahs fresh and still available!!!
When my parents heard that I've gotten a chance from Yebber to taste the tau sa piahs from 603 Tau Sa Piah @ Balestier, they were excited and raving about how good the tau sa piahs were.. Curious, I was also excited to taste them after I got it.
Locating 603 Tau Sa Piah was not at all difficult. I drove there and though there were many other shops offering tau sa piahs along the street as well, 603 Tau Sa Piah just stood out from the rest with it's signboard and easy location of being just at the corner, when I walked in from the carpark.
Arriving at the shop, the variety of items available just made my eyes blur while scanning around. Tau sa piahs of many flavours were available, and some of them were really creative flavours that you wouldn't expect to find in such a traditional treat like tau sa piahs. Haha..but seriously, their large apple pie caught most of my attention. At the same time, I was also wondering how on earth would that large apple pie taste like. Too bad I didn't get one to satisfy my curiosity. :(
Nevertheless, the lady at the shop was really friendly and generous. She was all smiles while serving me and telling me each of the flavours that she was putting into the box. Thus, I received tau sa piahs of flavours: Black Sesame, Salty, Durian, Coffee, Yam, Lotus, Original. Not only that, they have generously included their chicken pie, tuna puff and bbq cha siew bun for me to try as well! My supper that day was really fulfilling. :)
For me that day, I had their Chicken Pie, Durian & Salty filling tau sa piahs. The Chicken Pie was really delicious! :) The crust was thin and light, whereas the filling within the pie was generous. The creamy sauce within the pie made it even tantalising on the tastebuds. It was not at all dry like some other chicken pies, though I only ate it after a few hours after I got it from the shop. And with the generous sauce inside, I'm really surprised that the crust did not get soggy! Really, I wanted more after I had that one. :P
As for their tau sa piahs, the one with Durian filling was really nice. It was light and not at all sticky nor strong-flavoured. Refreshingly sweet and..it wouldn't make you feel sick of it after a few bites, despite the generous fillings. It was just..just nice. Appropriate amount and size, in my opinion. It...doesn't make you sick of eating it, yet it leaves you wanting more, in a way. xP
The Salty flavoured one was also the same. The saltiness was just nice and was just enough to make a delicious and lip smacking little treat. ;)
My bf had the Black Sesame and Coffee flavoured one and he commented that they were really good. With the thin crust and generous fillings, it really made it a good treat. The coffee had a sweet taste that was also just nice, and it left a really nice light coffee taste in the mouth after that. :)
As for the rest, it was shared between my parents and I, each trying a little of each. The Yam flavoured another one of my favourite as it was surprisingly lightly sweet and has a smooth texture. Usually, I'll find some yam fillings really sweet and..too sticky. But, this was an exception. Hence, I happily finished off the rest of the Yam tau sa piah all by myself in the end. :P
And more importantly, I do agree with Snowbringer that these tau sa piahs do taste as good even after keeping them for a few days before consumption. The crust still tasted great, being firm yet soft at the same time.
Overall, I'll greatly recommend the pastries and tau sa piah at 603 Tau Sa Piah to everyone! The quality of their stuff are really good. Every pastry and tau sa piah seemed to have been made to an appropriate level, where you won't get sick of their generosity (their fillings), and would want to have more of it instead! :)
I'll definitely go back to get more the next time, especially their large apple pies! :D
heard much raves about the many delicious tau sar piah shops along Balestier Shop before but never really had the chance to go and try them.
So on one of the afternoons that I was free and was passing by Balestier Road, I decided to just walk down the street and get some. Indeed there were quite a number of shops along the whole stretch, but the one that caught my attention was 603 tau sar piahs. Theirs was the first shop I saw after turning the corner and they had a large red signboard outside the shop, so oncoming cars could see it and stop by to get some snacks. Furthermore, I could already smell the tantalising aroma of the tau sar piahs from afar.
First time in a tau sar piah shop, so i just stood in front of the counter staring at the rows of different flavours of tau sar piahs in front of me. To my delight, apart from different flavours of tau sar piahs like durian, yam, red bean, pineapple, salted, black sesame, coffee, lian rong, they also sold pastries like currypuffs, tuna puffs, chicken pies, baked char siew buns and some other breads. Really a large variety for us to choose from. =)
In the end, I could not resist the aromas, and decided to try one of each of the different flavours of tau sar piahs as they were sold at a cheap and affordable price of 50 cents and I also ordered the chicken pie, tuna puff and baked char siew bun. Too bad the famous currypuffs were sold out already, if not I would have tried it as well.
Upon reaching home, I let my family try out these unique flavours. My mum tried out the durian flavoured one and found it refreshing as the taste was not too strong but still left a lingering taste in the mouth after eating it. It also had a really nice aroma. My dad tried the coffee flavoured one and was also raving about it's nice taste. I myself tried the tuna puff and found it to have abundant tuna fillings and the crust was crisp but flakey. =)
I bought too many so the rest were kept for tea breaks or suppers. At first I was worried that the tau sar piahs and pastries might not turn out as good if kept for long but when I tasted them the next day, they still tasted as good. So my family and I had wonderful tea breaks for those few days.
I particularly liked the pastries especially the chicken pie as the crust was just nice and there were large chicken cubes and potatoes within, which made a very substantial meal. My family liked the tau sar piahs as it not only catered to the traditional tastes and also provided new experiences.
In all, I recommend this tau sar piah shop as it sells a large variety of tau sar piahs and pastries and the aunties at the stall are very friendly and will even make recommendations of the bestsellers. Most importantly, it caters to the tastes of the entire family =) Good place to go to if you are looking for nice and cheap snacks!
Got a box of tau sar piahsssssss from Yebber and 603 Boss today =)
Since i do not have the durian tau sar piah in my box of freebies, i bought a small pack of it to treat my passengers on board my car.
First take on the Durian one... Light durian flavour, not too sweet. The skin is firm and not overly dry. And not extremely flaky to drop all over. Well, eating this reminds me of the durian flavoured mooncake fillings! Taste abit like that, and I can smell the durian smell in my car lingering around!
Then around 8 hrs after collecting the tau sar piah then i tried the rest. Opps...
The BBQ Char Siew Bun is not bad. The crust and fillings are not too sweet. The meat is not too bad. But i find that the sauce is not enough. Or maybe its the time lapse? I am not sure!
Green tea Piah got a very mild smell, but a strong taste of green tea when you chew the fillings. Just nice, not too sweet but the taste is very strong. should be a hit with green tea lovers!
The normal salty Tau Sar Piah is not that salty, but taste sweet also.
Chicken Pie has a nice proportion of fillings vs crust. When you bite into it, you taste most of the fillings and some crust. Not too dry since the proportion is just right. Chicken is tender and not too tough. Not bad..
Yam Piah. Not very much to my liking, as i find it too sweet. The sugar seemed to overpower the yam taste.
Red bean paste piah. Not too sweet, smooth paste. but the crust althought not chao tar.. but got the very strong "burnt" taste the kind of overpowered the red bean flavour.
Black Sesame. Maybe i tasted too many at one go. Only tasted the nice crust and a mild sesame aftertaste.
Pineapple Sweet with some burst of pineapple bits like the pineapple tarts during cny. Quite special to taste such a combination that you would want to try another bite!
Okie, overall rating, I find that the crust is good, not too flakey and quite firm to hold. Sellers are also very friendly with smiles all the time.
"Tau Sar Piah at Balestier Road is the Best......"
Have you ever heard of such a comment?
Well I have...... and i hear it all the time. That is so because people around me like my mama, papa and etc etc etc. loves it. This traditional pastry brings alot of good childhood memories for them and for me......... i just want to gobble them up, less the calories of course.
And so, the story goes....
On a faithful weekday afternoon, I was out 'eating snake' and because it was cool after the cats and dogs have all fallen, i wound down my windows while driving leisurely at balestier road heading towards the PIE.
While making sure I do not kiss the butt of the car in front of me and checking out the other cute drivers, something TINGLED my senses.... It was a familiar yet surprising aroma. It was that nice buttery aroma that reminded me I WAS ON BALESTIER ROAD.... Subsequently i saw a banner box written on it " TAU SAR PIAH" so immediately i tarik the car into the carpark next to it, just when i was about to miss the opening and drive into the shop.
The aroma itself is enough to convince you how SHIOK it will be to sink your teeth into these pastries... I approached the shop with much apprehension... I was afraid i had to queue but i was in pretty good luck because NO MORE QUEUE. So happily i started browsing through the various items they have.
I had to say.. the shop was neat and clean with a welcoming ambience. There were various flavours of tau sar piahs and even other pastries like chicken pie, apple pie, char siew pau, flavoured Breads, cookies and my favourite Kueh Boo LOO...
Then i realise some flavours are out of stock so i asked the lady and she said gently SOLD OUT... GOT TO WAIT IF YOU WANT MORE... Uh HUH.. thats why no queue anymore lor... So i just chose those that were left quickly.. before somebody else buys them.
I chose some tau sar piahs of assorted flavours, other pastries and a bag of Kueh Boo LOO and brought it home, hoping to curry favour my daddy, mummy and etc etc etc... These warm UFO looking pastries are very powerful... Even more powerful then my Double Dose of ambi pur... making me hungry all the way home...
I truely understand what it means by BAKED TILL PERFECTION when i saw the pastries.
Nicely shaped, freshly baked, salivating aroma, flaking buttery skin that melts right away in your mouth, leaving crust at the edges of your lips for other to oogle at....
I am truly considering joining them as a QC inspector......
Oh.. not to forget the generous fillings which are full of flavour and just right in sweetness. These little treasures are of such a size that one is definitely not enough, two is perhaps just right, three is when i'm not too hungry, four is a blessing.. but more is what i need.
My daddy loves the durian flavoured piah. He commented he never tried such special flavour of tau sar piah and the flavour is so strong but yet not as sweet as the traditional durian Kueh, and had all 3 of them leaving NONE for me.
Mum loves the Black Sasame piah. She says its of good nuitrition, helps produces more black hair and it was unique in every delicious way.
Etc Etc Etc prefers the nice, thick, smooth lotus seed and traditional red bean piahs. It brings back much mid autumn festival emotions that they started to play with sparkles.
I love the traditional salty and sweet tau sar piahs. They fillings are smooth and generous. Most importantly it does not stick to your teeth like most grinded tau sar. It simply melts in your mouth... And the Apple Pie. i bought it because its HUGE, bigger then my PALM.. looked Soooo CUte.....
The chicken pie was also soooo good.... Flaky crust with chunky filling so chicken cubes, some veg with delicious sauce.. The pastry is not thick at all but yet it can hold much sauce inside.
HUMBLE PIE BURSTING WITH FLAVOUR......
The curry puff, not for the faint hearted or weak stomachs. It is spicy... very very suitable for those who love the excitement of RED HOT CHILLI. THe fillings look innocent with hardly any signs of chilli. But it is SPICY.... Fills your tastebuds with that exotic explosion of spice and flavour. Guarantee your nostrils smoking.... It is definitely a MUST TRY...
Not forgetting the Kueh Boo Loos. I kept them for breakfast and they are still crunchy.... yet soft and nice on the inside. Goes so well with my pipping hot Coffee O....
Really SHIOKING Start for another working day....
Prices are reasonable. From fifty cents one tau sar piah is what i call... VALUE FOR MONEY..... The apple pie and chicken pie is also a MUST TRY....
Buy more can keep, they are freshly baked, thats if you can tahan not to gobble all of them up right away. I give SHIOK SHIOK SHIOK SHIOK for this traditional pastry shop. Must try, BUY and RECOMMEND ah............
We suddenly have this craving for tau sar piah and knew that there were a few shops around Balestier selling them.
We have chosen 603 Tau Sar Piah as we saw quite a number of people queuing up to order. Some were actually waiting for their piping-hot and fresh from oven pastries.
We ordered some varieties such as yam, white lotus, durian, black sesame and the traditional sweet as well as saltish ones. This shop also sells pineapple rolls, chicken pies, both tuna and curry puffs as well as barbeque pork buns.
We liked the taste of all the flavors as the fillings are not too sweet or too saltish. The pastry for each tau sar piah was light and fluffy. We personally like the black sesame, yam and the pineapple rolls.
The black sesame filling was smooth and has a very aromatic taste when you bite into it. The yam filling was moist, soft and not so sweet. The pineapple rolls were fantastic with thin layer of buttery pastry wrapping around the huge portion of pineapple fillings.
The tuna puff tasted a little spicy. But the curry puff was very good with generous fillings of potatoes. The barbeque pork bun was also delicious as we could taste the sweet and smoky sauce and the meat filling was tender and easy to bite.
All items were freshly prepared and with such liberal ingredients in their pastries, we would recommend to anyone craving for such snacks.
There were couple of shops selling Tau Sar Piah along Balestier Road. When we drove past these shops, the was no queue at these stalls. So I didn't expect to see a queue when I'm at my destination. But to my surprise, the queue was pretty long at 603 Tau Sar Piah. It seems to be very popular among the young and old.
While queuing I was always peeping to see if there's still Tau Sar Piah left for me when it's my turn. And true enough, by the time I reach the counter, there were only 2 salted ones left. (So sad. I love salted ones.)
The Tau Sar Piah is soft and fluffy. It was still warm when I bought them. (Fresh from the oven!) I couldn't resist so I had them in the car. Took couple of photos too. Uploaded here for everyone to see. As you can see, the fillings is packed full and the skin is thin and yummy!
603 Tau Sar Piah is worth a try! I was told weekday queue is shorter and more variety will be available at any one time. They're open till 6.30pm. Go try lah!
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