Traditional Confectioneries for Guo Da Li

As all of you couples will be aware, Guo Da Li (过大礼) is the traditional procedure whereby the groom delivers wedding cakes and confectioneries to the bride’s family. The bride’s family will then distribute these cakes and confectioneries to their family and friends when they deliver the wedding invitations.

Depending on the family, the guo da li confectioneries might not figure as such a big part in one’s wedding preparations nowadays. After all, it is easy to get them at almost any of our modern confectioneries around. Some people have even made the switch to distributing cake vouchers instead! But if you’re like us, and still hold some conviction and nostalgia towards our older-day traditions, we’ve rounded up some of the traditional confectioneries around that will serve up just the perfect guo da li cakes, like the ones our Moms had before.

Gin Thye
423 Sembawang Road, Singapore 758392

With six branches in Singapore at Sembawang Road, Bukit Batok, Bishan, Kallang, Ang Mo Kio and Bangkit Road, we suppose it would be a breeze getting your Guo Da Li confectioneries from Gin Thye. From what we’ve gathered around, Gin Thye is particularly popular among couples for their Teochew confectioneries. An added bonus would be the shop’s comprehensive website (something hard to come by among such traditional confectioneries), where you can easily check out the wide range of wedding cakes available online, before heading down.

Le Café Confectionery & Pastry
Elias Building, 264 Middle Road, Singapore 188990

It is easy to get an inkling of Le Café’s illustrious history from the single fact that it has been located at its Middle Road outlet since it was established in 1949. While the confectionery will count Andy Lau’s order for his Golden Horse Awards celebration cake as one of its glorious moments, it is equally conscientious when it comes to their daily work as well. After all, it is not every day that you find a shop that has been faithfully serving wedding couples since the 1960s, when they started producing guo da li cakes.

Tai Thong Cake Shop
35 Mosque St, Singapore 059513

Set up in the 1950s, Tai Thong specialises in Cantonese confectioneries and is perhaps most famous for its jianvbing (嫁女饼 — literally translated as ‘biscuits for a daughter’s wedding’) and longfengbing (龙凤饼 phoenix biscuits). While the shop has passed over to its second generation owners in 2002, you will be glad to know that it retains its age-old philosophy of producing all its cakes and pastries at its shop with only the best ingredients. A piece of trivial here — the cooking oil used in its products are sourced from Sime Darby Edible Products, the only edible oil refinery in Singapore!

Apart from our 3 picks above, you may also wish to consider these other names we’ve listed below!

Neo Kian Guang Confectionery & Cake
Blk 7 Hougang Ave 3, #01-50, Singapore 530007

A traditional confectionery that supplies Hokkien, Teochew, Hainan cakes for weddings.

Tong Heng Confectionery
285 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058833

A traditional Cantonese confectionery most famous for their diamond-shape egg tarts.

Ng Kim Lee Confectionery
4 Chun Tin Road, Singapore 599591

A confectionery with more than 50 years of history that serves up traditional Chinese and Western treats.