Taiwan’s Pineapple cakes

Posted: September 19, 2014 in snack
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Taiwan is known for its abundance of fruit.  Pineapples are one of many fruits cultivated on the island.  I would expect Taiwan to be self sufficient if there would come a time for that need as agriculture remains a large part of life.

Pineapple pastries are a staple item in every visitors return home luggage.  Most native Taiwanese abroad can’t find authentic delectable bite size pieces up to their native standards in NA, so anyone and everyone making a trip to TW fields requests to bring this back home with them.  ChiaTe is the best selling pineapple cake maker in TW and Isabelle is the pineapple cake brand found inside TW’s Costco.  I trust Costco to source the best product regardless of price so I am expecting Isabelle to beat ChiaTe.

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ChiaTe has better packaging.  Isabelle’s packaging is too non-descript.  I can’t tell it’s pineapple pastry in its individual bite size wrapper.

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Isabelle on the left and ChiaTe on the right

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ChiaTe’s cakes are more most with a noticeable egg roll taste in the shell.  Isabelle’s cakes are good but lack the wide range of flavours found in ChiaTe cakes.  Both are delicious to consume alongside tea.  Someone needs to put pineapple cakes into high tea tasting menus.

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Costco, you failed me in this instance.  The competing product to Costco’s product was better tasting.  This would not have occurred for an American product.  I like pineapple cakes but I did not taste any pineapple in either product.  Why do they call it a pineapple cake?  Taiwan does grow their own supply of pineapples yet it is not an ingredient in their pineapple cakes?

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Comments
  1. Great review. I love these pineapple cakes. There was a bakery in Taipei that attracts loads of tourists who come for the pineapple cakes and other flavours. I wish I could remember its name. Delicious though! 🙂

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