- No.88, Sec. 5, Nanjing E. Rd., Songshan Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C
Chia Te Bakery owner Chen Tang-peng grew up in a poor fishing family and decided to enter the bakery business after seeing the neighbor boys bringing home breads and cakes after working outside town. She began apprenticing as a baker in Ershuei Township, Changhua County, and for over four years she learned how to make bread, pineapple cake, wife cakes, sun cakes and mung bean moon cakes.
At the age of 18, Chen went to Taipei to begin her baking career. After honing her skills at several well-known bakeries, she opened her own business at the age of 26. The small bakery steadily gained a reputation, laying the foundation for Chen's success today.
The care that Chen puts into baking has earned Chia Te a growing clientele and made the bakery one of Taiwan's best-known pineapple cake gift brands. In 2007, Chia Te won first place in a pineapple cake contest jointly sponsored by the Taipei City Government and Taipei Bakery Association.
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Amazing Pineapple CakesTaiwan is known for Pineapple cakes but they aren’t all created equal. Sometimes I have super dry pineapple cakes that just crumble all over the place. But this place, it’s THE pineapple cake place you need when you’re in Taiwan. Not only are the pineapple cakes sweet and slightly moist, that moment you bite into one, the perfect chewiness just makes you foodgasm. It’s so good! I get this for all of my friends when they come and it’s their favorite too.
The best pineapple cakesMy sister dragged us here to get pineapple cake souvenirs as they are the best. We taste compared them with another decent brand we saw in the subway, and they are significantly better, though almost twice the cost. The cash line is much faster than the credit card line, mostly because people in the credit card line include those buying many boxes. My sister bought a couple hundred cakes and the guy before her bought twice as many! They apparently have no preservatives which is probably another reason they taste so good. They are good for 40 days but I'd recommend eating them earlier than later. The ones we are right away were better than the last few I ate shortly before expiration. Though they were still very good!
Yummy Pastries!The pastries here are always great. The line can be very long. So it's best to order online and you can either pay for delivery or pick up in person for free. You don't have to stay in line for online purchase.
Battle of the pineapple cakes - Chia TeThis flagship store is a different experience than visiting the sunny hills one. There was a long line up outside the store to wait to get in. And once you are in it's grab whatever you want at your leisure or buy sets that have already been completed at the check out counter. It's pretty much a supermarket for pineapple cakes and other goodies versus sunny hills where there was no line and you are escorted in as if it was a restaurant. I'm not sure if there are benefits of buying from the Chia Te flagship store instead of at a 7/11 or other stores that carry them.
Nice shop, a few minutes from the station on footThe shop was very calm on a weekday evening and it was nice that you could just get a box and choose the pastry filling that you like. Be aware that the prices per piece depends on the filling and be sure to check the expiration date. Items with egg yolk seemed to have a shorter life span than the regular pineapple-filled pastry which lasts for 40 days.
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