Sin Hua Bee may have little foot traffic but a visit here makes it clear that this 60-odd-year-old family business has a steady flow of regulars. Most of them pack up the (remarkably fresh) tau sar piah, tender pastry filled with mung bean paste, and hiong piah, thick, flaky pastry filled with a sticky-sweet filling of maltose and onions.
But to know Sin Hua Bee is to know that it’s famous for Chinese wedding biscuits; these pink-hued biscuits are just some of the customary gifts from a groom’s family to the bride’s before a wedding. Here, they make them on order, which reflects in the freshness of the red bean filling. Each biscuit is about the size of a tennis ball, and because the bean paste has a lightly whipped consistency, they’re easy to consume.
Unless you’re a regular, the (seemingly jaded) proprietors at Sin Hua Bee may not appear too bothered to enlighten you about the biscuits on offer. But the prospect of fresh, warm biscuits for tea easily compensates for the grouchiness.