With the help of one of the Taipei colleagues 牛哥, I snagged six boxes of the famous ChiaTe 佳德 pastries without facing the daunting queue. 牛哥 even sent them to me right at my hotel. Thanks 牛哥!
ChiaTe pastries are a must-buy in Taiwan. Apparently, the president of the country likes to give these as gifts. I think that alone is good enough to show how good they are meant to be. bB tried to reserve lots of luggage space for these.
Three boxes of cranberry pastries…
And three boxes of pineapple with egg yolk pastries…
OMG. I was in heaven. Pastry heaven. Floating along on the deliciously buttery scent and juicy, tangy cranberries. The crust was light, fluffy and rich at the same time. And they certainly do not scrimp on the filling in these.
Wow, look at that. A little cube of buttery perfection.
I went to heaven again. A savoury one this time. The entire thing was so fluffy and awesome.
bB proceeded to eat a few more after that, hence there were missing slots in the boxes she brought back to Singapore. LOL!
I’m glad I didn’t buy the plain pineapple pastries. After doing my research, I found that most people seem to think the cranberry ones are the best, followed by the pineapple with egg yolk. I wholeheartedly agree, after nomming them personally!
A bit of personal advice on the shelf life of these pastries, if you are planning to bring some back to your home country from Taiwan, it is best to consume them within a week for maximum nomminess. They are good for up to two weeks, but I found that the crust became more compact as the days went by. They seem to lose that beautiful fluffy texture over time. So, eat them as soon as possible! Which isn’t a difficult thing because they are so nommy!
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