The Best Pineapple Cake Ever

What is the best pineapple cake you have ever tried?

I have now tried the best pineapple cake ever.

We live in Bacolod City, Philippines. In our family, we almost always have pineapple cake at home and these are usually from China. But I don’t remember saying “best pineapple cake.” These cakes are always brought home as pasalubong to my parents in law by friends and family. Then in turn they would share some for us to try.

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What is the best pineapple cake for you?

So far, among the pineapple cakes from China that I’ve tried, these are all so-so. I mean, they’re okay, to say the least. Nothing extraordinary, in fact. If I get to eat them, fine. If I don’t, I’m still swell. Or maybe we haven’t tried the premium ones? I dunno, my knowledge is limited.

Chia Te Pineapple Cake

But when friends of ours, Boyet and Ricco of Bacolod Cupcake Cake went to Taiwan, they brought home some Chia Te Pineapple Cake. And the best thing is, they shared a box to us.

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Chia Te pineapple cake from Taiwan

When we tried it, we right there and then declared that Chia Te Pineapple Cake is the best pineapple cake ever. That is, from among those that we have eaten. And mind you, we cannot count anymore how many brands we have tried in the past. We eat this either as snack or dessert.

Even the kids Love it

So, okay, our kids have also tried different kinds of pineapple cake like us. But they never really raved about them. In fact, most the time, our little Siobe couldn’t even finish one piece.

But with the Chia Te Pineapple Cake, we were surprised that when I opened the box again, there were only a few pieces left. I wanted to let my parents and parents-in-law try them, but I couldn’t because there was nothing left to share anymore. haha The kids ate most of them. They must love it that much!

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One box contains 12 individually wrapped pastries.

Pasalubong From Taiwan

So I researched about Chia Te on the internet. From the Trip Advisor, as well as other sites, I have read that people are raving about Chia Te Pineapple Cake. Apparently, this is a very famous Taiwanese bakery. The queues are very long at their stores and for good reason.

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The Chia Te pineapple cake box (right) is placed inside a paper bag (left). Very nice packaging.

Chia Te Bakery has tarts and cakes but the most famous product perhaps in their pineapple cake. And I read that somebody commented that he now appreciates the fact that the pineapple cake has a longer shelf life. I also like it that the packaging is so nice and presentable–a perfect gift from Taiwan.

Why is it the best pineapple cake?

The goodness of Chia Te Pineapple Cake starts from the crust. This yellow cube is dense with goodness. The crust is crumbly and buttery–you can smell the butter from whence you open the pack. Yeah, each cake is individually wrapped in foil and sealed. It has just enough sweetness, too. The crust would remind you of yummy shortbread.

Inside is pineapple candy or jam, made just right. It is not too wet not to cake-y. It does not crumble or splat when you bite it. It has just the right consistency and sweetness.

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Each pack contains this yummy cube.

All of us in the family love it. But I think that the kids appreciated it more. They are not very much into eating pastries, but I think Chia Te Pineapple Cake is just perfect for their taste. That is why I can say, this is the best pineapple cake ever. For the win!

So when you visit Taiwan, don’t forget stopping by Chia Te Bakery to sample their pineapple cakes and other baked delicacies. And bring home some, too. Best Taiwan pasalubong for me.

Chia Te Bakery

No. 88, SEc 5, Nanjing East Rd,Taipei 105, Taiwan
+886 2 8787 8186


Merzci Pasalubong Talisay

And it’s finally here — Merzci Pasalubong Talisay grand opening today. Lots of Bacolod pasalubong items on sale. Located at Zone 12, Talisay City.

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Merzci concept store in Talisay.

4-Concept Store

Merzci opened its big, four-concept store in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines. The Bacolod pasalubong counter will immediately greet you as you enter the store.

It boasts of the following features:

  • Merzci Pasalubong

  • Merzci Bakeshop

  • Merzci Restaurant

  • Merzci Bakeoff

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The clean restaurant soon filled up with people as soon as Merzci Talisay was opened.

This strong local brand now boasts of 53 branches in the province. This is their second branch in Talisay and the biggest one at that. It was formally opened today, November 24 2017 with lots of revelry.


As with all their store openings events, Merzci pasalubong has a standard program flow. The day starts with a motorcade around the area. It is followed by the much-awaited siopao eating contest where locals compete at eating as many siopaos as they can in four minutes. Many people joined because even non-winners took home prizes of Bacolod pasalubong boxes. The winner today finished a total of three whole siopaos.


He went home with boxes of Bacolod pasalubong by Merzci.

Watch the Merzci siopao-eating contest in the video below.

While waiting for the program to start, there was a Bring Me Game. The participants won some packs of Merzci Pasalubong piaya and other Bacolod pasalubong items.

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Bring me game winners won some packs of piaya.


The occasion was graced by Dr. Frances Mae Llamas, the Executive Assistant for Economic Development and Investment Promotion of Talisay City. She gave the opening remarks where she said that Talisay City is very happy about Merzci’s expansion in their city.

There is then a dedication ceremony. It was led by Ptr. Elvin Singson of Trinity Christian Fellowship who blessed the business and prayed for the staff.

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Ribbon cutting to formally open the Talisay branch.

CM & Sons CEO Jonathan Manuel Lo and his son Jeremy cut the ceremonial ribbon. They were assisted by some guests and the management committee of Merzci Pasalubong. That signified the formal opening of the Merzci Talisay branch.

The event was hosted by Femmy Magbanua, Merzci Marketing Manager.

Buy One Take One

During the opening day of every branch, people lined up for the promo. Some Bacolod pasalubong items are bundled and sold buy one take one. The items included are Merzci pasalubong biscocho, pulceras, ugoy-ugoy, pita bread, toasted mamon, and piaya, among others.

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Some of the Merzci pasalubong buy one take one bundles.

For this store opening, Merzci Pasalubong has prepared more than 2,000 bundles. And only one hour after the event, the stocks are already running low because this promo is always a hit. To ensure that many people can avail of the promo, each person is only allowed to purchase 10 bundles at one time. Well, what can we say, Bacolod pasalubong items from Merzci are always a hit!

What to Expect

The Merzci Talisay has a bakeshop and Bacolod pasalubong center out front. There is also a counter for Merzci Pasalubong hot piaya.

Moreover, they bake some breads at the shop. You can get your hot pandesal here anytime everyday.

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Lovely ladies ready to serve.

Additionally, the Merzci restaurant is inside. They serve short orders, hot meals, and refreshments. The restaurant is air conditioned yet the food is so affordable. Even students can afford them. Merzci Pasalubong also has a clean rest room so diners can really be comfortable here.

Function Room

Merzci has been changing their concept stores little by little. So while they built their brand as a Bacolod restaurant and Bacolod pasalubong store, they are fast becoming a one-stop shop. Now, they can cater small to medium gatherings in their air conditioned function room. You can hold birthday parties here and order Merzci birthday cakes as well.

A Place for Travelers

Travelers in Talisay no longer need to go to Bacolod just to buy Bacolod pasalubong. It’s all here at Merzci Talisay where they also offer boxing services.

So Talisaynons, get your Merzci pasalubong boxes here.

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Merzci pasalubong boxes all filled with yummy Bacolod pasalubong treats.

Merzci Talisay

Bonifacio St., Zone 12, Talisay City
Negros Occidental, Philippines
Open from 5:30AM to 8PM
Monday to Sunday
Tel. No. (034) 7126303

Merzci Tour Bus

Meanwhile, the Merzci tour bus is available for tour rentals. You may contact the marketing department for details. They have two buses, a small one and this big 56-seated bus.

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Merzci tour bus. It can seat up to 56 passengers and is available for rent for big groups.

GINGER LIME DINER: Food For the Soul


If you want food that delights the soul among Bacolod restaurants, go to Ginger Lime Diner.

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Our dinner at Ginger Lime are breakfast meals..

We often eat to satisfy our need. The eating out part in Bacolod restaurants is an occasional treat to indulge ourselves. It’s like rewarding ourselves for a job well done. Or an opportunity to just bond with loved ones or spend time with friends. But at Ginger Lime, it’s both answering your primal need and treating yourself.

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Our silly little girl at Ginger Lime Diner.

Simple Dining

Ginger Lime Diner is a simple non-aircon cafe along B.S. Aquino Drive, Villamonte, Bacolod City. But it gives a homey, welcoming feel. The space is quite small for average Bacolod restaurants.

Meanwhile, the dishes are simple, some of them are upgrades of homecooking. Some of their stand outs are the chicken sisig meal, the hungarian sausage supreme, the burger steak, and their pastas. And oh, don’t forget the nachos.

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Double sauce pasta — a bestseller. Photo from

The chicken sisig has been my long-time favorite, ever since they started their delivery service many years ago. You can have the chicken sisig meal for only P65 at the resto.

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Chicken sisig with egg meal, P65. Photo from

I still order the frozen chicken sisig in a microwaveable container. It’s only P180 for 400 grams. I think they are the only one among the many Bacolod restaurants serving this kind of chicken sisig. You gotta try it. One time, I ordered several containers of this to serve during my husband’s birthday. I would also bring it for potluck gatherings with friends.

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Chicken sisig that I have prepared at home. Bought this frozen and prepared it at home. 😀

Eventually, they opened their first Bacolod restaurant near LCC, which they closed this year. And now, the Villamonte restaurant has just been re-opened.

Feeding the Soul

No, I’m not just saying that the food at Ginger Lime Diner is comforting enough to satisfy the soul. What I am talking are the little printouts of verses that they stick on your glass and the side of your plate.

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Verses on your plate. Before you complain it’s unsanitary, they stick the message on the side of the plate only. It doesn’t touch the food, so no worries.

The owners must have picked uplifting verses at random and the server just randomly picks up a piece of paper from a pile. Whatever message gets to you, I believe is a message to you from God.

Related: An Answered Prayer

You may not believe in God, but good words soothe the soul, don’t they? I appreciate this gesture that they do. And I think that this is a first among Bacolod restaurants. They actually serve food for the soul along with actual food. Great touch!

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Homemade chorizo and burger steak meals.

Great Value for Money

Needless to say, food at Ginger Lime Diner is very affordable. It is among the Bacolod restaurants serving value for money meals. The place is perfect for the budget-conscious professional or student. Their all-day breakfast meals are surely enough. The rice that comes with the meal is also very big.

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Hungarian meal with egg — Hungarian sausage smothered in red and white sauces. Yum! Only P125.

Aside from the meals, they have hot and cold coffees as well as other cold beverages.

Ice Cream Creations

At Ginger Lime, they have mean ice cream creations that are very affordable. They have mudpie (P90), strawverry (P90), choco caramel swirld (P90), cheesy ube (P90), and peach mango float (P95). Totally worth it! I especially like the peach mango float–so many peach slices!

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Mudpie – only P90.

I think it is safe to say that ice cream creations may be shared. There are several scoops in each serving! That’s a whole lot of sugar and calories from the ice cream alone! haha But if you have PMS, these are perfect.

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Peace mango float, P95.

Great Service

The staff at Ginger Lime Diner are courteous and friendly. They may not be five-star servers, but they are accommodating and exude warmth in their service. I always enjoy service with a smile. 🙂

Ginger Lime Diner

B.S. Aquino Drive,
Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
Open Monday to Saturday
7am to 10pm
All day breakfast meals available