Since the closing of renowned bakery Tan Hock Seng, we’ve all been left lost and aimless, unsure of where to go to get the nostalgic taste of the traditional Chinese snacks many of us grew up on. Beh teh soh, otherwise known as ma ti su, translates to “horseshoe biscuits”. They are named that way because these pastries were baked by sticking them to the side of a clay oven. The resulting biscuits are thicker on one end and resemble a horse hoof! Sometimes, they are also known as ‘pong piah’. Regardless of what you call them, here are 12 old-school bakeries where you can get beh teh soh in Singapore!
Tai Chong Kok has been making mooncakes and traditional Cantonese pastries the same way since 1935 – from scratch and by hand. Other than mooncakes, Tai Chong Kok is also famed for their traditional Chinese wedding cakes, soft flour cakes and other confections, including beh teh soh! They are made fresh everyday by skilled bakers to ensure that every piece has a flaky crust, fragrant shallot oil aroma, and sticky sweet maltose filling.
This hidden gem at Marine Parade is quite easy to miss, as from the outside they are just an ordinary HDB bakery selling the usual buns and cakes. However, venture in and you’ll be able to get your hands on some of the best beh teh soh in Singapore. Baked fresh daily, the crust is still shatteringly crisp and perfectly complements the sticky, chewy sweet filling!
Uncle and Auntie Heng have been serving up their delicious bread, buns and pastries since the 1970s, bringing delicious vegetarian and vegan-friendly pastries. The House of Tau Sar Piah’s crispy snacks are freshly baked using traditional methods and recipes that have been passed down over the decades. Their beh teh soh is vegetarian, made with sweet maltose filling inside the flaky crispy skin and does not contain onions, making it the perfect choice for those with dietary restrictions.
Since opening in 1992 with native products in Yong Peng, Malaysia, Ming Ang has grown leaps and bounds over the years, branching into several outlets and now even delivering to Singapore. Known for freshly baked bakery and pastry products, you’ve probably seen their beh teh soh/heong peng in a golden and brown package before.The clear layers of crisp skin, is wrapped in a delicious and melt-in-your mouth scallion oil malt filling, with a moderate sweetness. Best paired with a cup of black coffee!
Specialising in traditional Chinese wedding pastries, Gin Thye is a reputed household name that’s been serving Singaporeans with its nostalgic bakery selections since 1964. Apart from traditional handcrafted confections for customary ceremonies, Gin Thye also bakes and produces pastries for everyday, such as the beh teh soh/ma ti su. They are also available online at e-commerce platforms such as Shopee, Qoo10 and FairPrice!
Thiam Yian is a traditional confectionery shop that specialises in handmade traditional pastries and cakes that are now rarely available. The founder Mr Tan Tiek Chow (Ah Chow), discovered his love for baking as early as 16 years old. Through dedication & hard work, Ah Chow’s bakes have gained recognition and praise, opening the very first Thiam Yian flagship store in 1988. Enjoy their crisp and flaky beh teh soh that’s not overly sweet and makes the perfect tea time snack.
Sze Thye Cake Shop has been around for over five decades but still insists on making everything from scratch. Its owner still single handedly still runs it today! Apart from handmade pastries, snacks and biscuits, the owner also handcrafts sculptures from sugar, nut brittle, and other ingredients for weddings, birthdays and religious occasions. Don’t miss the variety snacks including peanut candy, beh teh soh, wife’s biscuit and more!
Nestled in the laidback district of Beach Road, 190 Degrees Bakery is a quaint eatery and bakery for friends to share food, stories and good times. Founded by a baker who after working over 20 years at traditional bakeries. Offering a delightful mix of freshly-made baked goods, brewed coffee and Chinese comfort foods, here, you can enjoy traditional and nostalgic favourites. From swiss rolls to beh teh soh, cream puffs and bolo buns, everything is served up in a space that exudes charming old-town vibes.
Established in 1948 in George Town, Penang, Him Heang is presently run by the 3rd generation. This family-owned business offers a wide range of local pastries, handmade with the finest ingredients with no added preservatives, all based on highly guarded secret recipes. Their pastries are baked fresh daily, and although they do not deliver outside of Malaysia, you can still get your hands on their beh teh soh via online platforms like Shopee!
Cookies Talk brings together numerous bakers from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand all onto one platform. You’ll find a variety of old-school cookies and biscuits superb in taste, such as butterfly crackers, iced gem biscuits, peanut crackers, and of course, beh teh soh! Unfortunately they do not do deliveries at the moment, but their store is conveniently located in Ang Mo Kio.
Another heritage bakery from Penang, Loong Nam is now into its 3rd generation of owners. Every single recipe produced by their forefathers tells a historical story, while the newer generation has helped to create more healthy, tasty and trendy products such as granola, gluten free crackers and energy bars. If you’re here for their time-tested, traditional recipes, make sure to order some beh teh soh, which is filled with gooey maltose and a hint of sesame.
Hock Wong might be better known for their handmade bak kwa, however their bakes and pastries also deserve some spotlight. Apart from their beh teh soh which is filled with a sticky filling made from malt and shallots and covered by a flaky baked crust, they also have a modernised version of the traditional treat – durian beh teh soh! Filled with a sweet filling made with durian paste, this is a pretty creative rendition and way to incorporate the King of Fruits!