25 Places to Find Wedding Xi Bing in Singapore
Singaporebrides | Weddings 101

August 2020

The Beautiful History Behind Chinese Traditional Wedding Pastries, Xi Bing

Chinese traditional pastries meant for weddings, otherwise known 喜饼, are one of the items given to the bride’s family during the Guo Da Li ceremony. While these traditional pastries were common and popular during our parents and grandparents’ time, it is a different story today.

Chinese traditional pastries are a cultural treat that the younger generation may not familiar with and are likely to be at a loss when it comes to finding places that still offer these traditional pastries for their wedding needs. To re-introduce and educate our modern couples on this traditional treat, we present a brief history of Chinese traditional pastries and the role it plays in a Chinese wedding. We’ve also included a list of shops known for selling these pastries for weddings to help you along with your Guo Da Li needs.

What are Chinese Traditional Wedding Pastries

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Chinese traditional pastries comes in many shapes, sizes, taste and form. The word “pastry” is used here in a generic sense, referring to the many varieties of this Chinese traditional treat. They can be referred to as a biscuit (饼 or 酥) or a cake (糕), and can be sweet or savoury, baked or steamed.

Chinese traditional pastries are usually stuffed with lotus, red or green bean paste and nuts, and can be used for a variety of occasions other than weddings. Traditional motifs such as the characters 囍 (double happiness) or 福 (luck) are printed on the pastries to indicate which occasion they are for. When used for weddings, these pastries are then known as 喜饼, or Xi Bing. There are many types of xi bing, such as Gong Tang (贡糖), Ruan Tang (软糖),  Peanut Brittle (花生糖), Long Feng Bing (龙凤饼) and Sweet Bean Paste (豆沙饼). Which xi bing you need for your Guo Da Li depends on your bride’s family dialect group. If you’re unsure, you can always seek advice from the shop and they will help you.

The Significance Behind Xi Bing (喜饼)

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Xi Bings are one of the items given to the bride’s family during the Guo Da Li ceremony. More than just a set of pastries to be given away, it is symbolic of the groom’s gratitude to the bride’s parents for having raised and taken care of her over the years and serves as an announcement of the couple’s marriage. It is given to the bride’s relatives and friends to share and spread the joy of the two families’ union and the couple’s upcoming nuptials.

How many boxes of xi bing you need depends on the number of people you intend to gift it to. Usually, you include your relatives, your parents’ friends and colleagues, your friends and colleagues, and the number of boxes you intend to return to the groom during the Hui Li into the count. Try to order a few boxes more than what you need to ensure that everyone gets a box, just in case you left someone out during your counting.

When To Order and Deliver Xi Bing (喜饼)

Start ordering your xi bing about 3 months before your Guo Da Li ceremony to allow the baker sufficient time to prepare the amount of xi bing you need and to accommodate any unforeseen delays. Check on your order again 3 weeks before your ceremony to ensure that everything is prepared and finalise collection details.

Most couples choose to deliver the boxes of xi bing to the bride’s relatives on the day of the Guo Da Li ceremony, or the day after. Some couples, however, opt to gift them as wedding favours to be given out to their guests on their wedding day, like Flavour Favours’s Petite boxes.

A Xi Bing (喜饼) Taboo

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As tempted as you may be, sinking your teeth into a piece (or more) of xi bing is probably not a good idea. There is a saying that if a bride consume any of the xi bing used for the Guo Da Li ceremony, it is equivalent to eating away at her own happiness. As a result of biting off the rounded edges of a xi bing, she will not have a fulfilling (圓滿) marriage. Supposedly, it is also symbolic of her living off her husband and family, which may lead to feelings of resentment and discord in the family. While these sayings may not have any real proof to them, there is no harm in abiding by them, even if you aren’t a superstitious bride. Just buy some home for your own consumption when you are shopping for xi bing if you really feel like eating some!

Where To Get Xi Bing (喜饼)

Whether you are searching for traditional Chinese pastries to gift your older relatives or looking for other alternatives such as kueh, mini cakes or tarts as xi bing for the rest of your family and friends, we’ve saved you the trouble and put together a list of places you can go to for your xi bing needs.

Traditional Chinese Pastries

    1. Gin Thye

      Address: 427 Sembawang Road S(758394)
      Contact Number: 6257 1566 / 6758 3742
      Opening Hours: 8am-8pm (Mon – Sat) / 8am-3pm (Sun & Public Holidays)
      Facebook: www.facebook.com/ginthye.1964
      Instagram: @ginthyesg

    2. Homies Bakery

      Address: 218 Sumang Walk #01-07 Punggol, Singapore (821217)
      Contact Number: 9885 1559
      Facebook: www.facebook.com/homiesbakerysg
      Instagram: @homiesbakerysg

    3. Kekhoon

      Email: [email protected]
      Contact Number: +65 9634 2163
      Facebook: www.facebook.com/KEKHOON99
      Instagram: @kekhoon_wedding

    4. Neo Kian Guan Confectionery

      Address: Blk 7 Hougang Ave 3 #01-50 Singapore 530007
      Contact Number: 6382 4352
      Opening Hours: 8am-6pm (Mon-Sat) ; Sundays closed.
      Facebook: www.facebook.com/kianguanconfectionery.neo

    5. Ng Lee Kim Confectionery

      Address: 4 Chun Tin Road, Singapore 599591
      Contact Number: 6466 3515

    6. Poh Guan Bakery

      Address: 531 Upper Cross Street, Hong Lim Complex, #01-57 , S(050531)
      Contact Number: 6534 0136
      Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/category/Company/Poh-Guan-Cake-House

    7. Shuang Xi Le Wedding

      Address: 10 Sinaran Drive #03-39 Square 2 S(307506) (Above Novena MRT)
      Email: [email protected]
      Contact Number: +65 6397 2018
      Facebook: www.facebook.com/ShuangXiLeWedding
      Instagram: @shuangxile

    8. Tai Chong Kok

      Address: 34 Sago Street S(059026) / 3 other outlets in Ubi, Westgate and Northpoint City
      Email: [email protected]
      Contact Number: 6227 5701
      Opening Hours: 9.30am-6pm (Monday) / 9.30am-8pm (Tuesday-Sunday)
      Facebook: www.facebook.com/taichongkok
      Instagram: @taichongkok

    9. Tai Thong Cake Shop

      Address: 35 Mosque Street, S(059513)
      Contact Number: 6223 2905
      Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Tai-Thong-Cake-Shop

    10. Tan Hock Seng Cake Shop

      Address: 86 Telok Ayer Street #01-01 S(048469) (Round the corner of Far East Square/China Square Central)
      Contact Number: +65 6533 1798

    11. The Chinese Wedding Shop

      Address: 61 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, #01-12a, Jubilee SQ, S(569814) / 4 other outlets in Jurong East Central, Jurong West Central, Bedok Central and Marine Parade Central
      Email: [email protected]
      Contact Number: +65 6455 9863 (AMK branch) / +65 6684 8006 (Jurong East Central branch) / +65 6250 6803 (Jurong West Central branch) / +65 6241 3182 (Bedok Central branch) / +65 6844 9609 (Marine Parade branch)
      Opening Hours: 11.30am-9pm daily
      Facebook: www.facebook.com/thechineseweddingshop
      Instagram: @thechineseweddingshop

    12. Tong Heng Pastries

      Address: 285 South Bridge Road S(058833) / 1 Jurong West Central 2, Jurong Point, #B1-10 S(648886)
      Email: [email protected]
      Contact Number: 6223 3549 (South Bridge Road) / 6794 6292 (Jurong Point)
      Opening Hours: 9am-6pm daily (South Bridge Road) / 9.30am-8.30pm daily (Jurong Point)
      Facebook: www.facebook.com/tongheng.sg
      Instagram: @tonghengsg

    13. Thye Lee Confectionery

      Address: 108 Hougang Avenue 1, S(530108)
      Contact Number: +65 6288 9514

    14. Thye Moh Chan

      Happiness Set, $18.80.Image by SingaporeBrides

      Address: 78 Airport Boulevard, #B2-231, Jewel Changi, S(819666) / 133 New Bridge Road, #01-45, Chinatown Point, S(059413) / 290 Orchard Road, #B1-12, Paragon, S(238859)
      Contact Number: 6604 8858 (Chinatown Point) / 6732 8858 (Paragon)
      Opening Hours: 10am-10pm (Jewel Changi) / 11am-9pm (Chinatown Point) / 11am-9pm (Paragon)
      Facebook: www.facebook.com/thyemohchansingapore
      Instagram: @thyemohchan

    Kueh, Cakes, Tarts, and Other Alternatives

      1. Bengawan Solo

        Address: 18 outlets located islandwide, including ION Orchard, Raffles City, United Square and Northpoint City
        Email: [email protected]
        Contact Number: +65 6756 9088
        Opening Hours: 10am-9pm for most outlets
        Instagram: @bengawansolocake

      2. Choz Confectionery

        Address: 1 Enterprise Road, Singapore, S(629813) (Pick-up point)
        Contact Number: 62352281
        Opening Hours: 8am-5pm (Mon-Sat) / 11am-2pm (Sun)
        Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChozSG

      3. Creme Maison Bakery

        Address: 30 Tai Seng Street #08-03C S(534013) (Pick-up only)
        Email: [email protected]
        WhatsApp: 81813689
        Opening Hours: 9am-5pm (Mon, Wed-Sat) / 10am-1pm (Sun) / Closed on Tuesdays
        Facebook: www.facebook.com/crememaisonsg
        Instagram: @crememaisonbakery

      4. Fancy Delight

        Email: [email protected]
        Facebook: www.facebook.com/fancydelight
        Instagram: @fancydelight_sg

      5. Goobycakes

        Address: 30 Tai Seng Street #08-03C S(534013) (Pick-up only)
        WhatsApp: 97482420
        Facebook: www.facebook.com/goobycakes
        Instagram: @goobycakes_singapore

      6. iCakes

        Email: [email protected]
        Contact Number: +65 6386 6666 / +65 8809 6696 (SMS or WhatsApp)
        Facebook: www.facebook.com/icakesenterprisegroup
        Instagram: @icakes.sg

      7. Le Cafe Confectionery & Pastry

        Address: 31/33 Mackenzie Road #01-01 S(228686) (Main) / 637 Veerasamy Road #01-111 S(200637) (Branch)
        Contact Number: 6337 2417 (Main) / 6294 8813 (Branch)
        Opening Hours: Main – 10.30am-6.45pm (Mon-Sat) / 10.30am-4pm (Sun & PH) ; Branch – 1-4.30pm (Mon-Sat) / 1pm-4pm (Sun & PH)
        Instagram: @lecafe_sg

      8. Out Of The Cake Box

        Address: 45 Telok Blangah Drive #01-173 S(100045)
        Email: [email protected]
        Contact Number: 6271 1975
        Opening Hours: 12-8.30pm (Tues-Sat) / 10am-5pm (Sun & PH) / Closed on Mondays
        Facebook: www.facebook.com/outofthecakebox
        Instagram: @outofthecakebox

      9. Pine Garden’s Cake

        The Premium Cake Set, $15.20/box. Image courtesy of Pine Garden’s Cake

        Address: Main – Blk 529 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 #01-2329 Singapore 560529 | Tel: 6456 3552 8.30am to 9.30pm (Closed on Fri) / 3 Kiosk outlets located in Ang Mo Kio, Tampines and Yishun
        Email: [email protected]
        Contact Number: 6457 6159
        Opening Hours: 9.30am-6.30pm (Mon-Fri) / 9.30am-2pm (Sat)
        Facebook: www.facebook.com/pgcake
        Instagram: @pgcake

      10. Pulse Patisserie

        Image taken from www.pulsepatisserie.com

        Address: 180 Depot Road, #01-06,The Interlace, Singapore (109684)
        Email: [email protected]
        Contact Number: 6262 0143
        Facebook: www.facebook.com/pulsepatisserie
        Instagram: @pulsepatisserie

      11. Swee Heng Bakery

        Address: 16 Senoko Ave, Swee Heng Bakery, S(758306) (HQ) / Many outlets located island-wide, including Tampines, Ang Mo Kio, Chua Chu Kang and Geyland Bahru
        Email: [email protected]
        Contact Number: 6755 0300 (HQ)
        Facebook: www.facebook.com/sweehengbakery
        Instagram: @sweehengsg

      12. Sweetest Moments

        Address: 30 Tai Seng Street #08-05, BreadTalk IHQ, S(534013)
        Email: [email protected]
        Contact Number: +65 6286 2553 
        Opening Hours: 9am-5pm (Mon-Sun) / 9am-1pm (Public Holidays)
        Facebook: www.facebook.com/Sweetest.Moments.sg
        Instagram: @sweetestmomentssg

      13. Read what you need to know about the Chinese betrothal ceremony, Guo Da Li to learn what you need to do for your betrothal ceremony!

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