Hailing from China’s Zhangzhou area, the ancestor of Kuo Yuan Ye immigrated to Taiwan in 1708 and started a bakery that ushered in a new era for Taiwanese pastry. Nestled by the Shilin Bridge, Kuo’s century-old family business was successfully revamped as a “historic pastry brand” by the 4 generations of owners.
To preserve the prestigious brand’s historic assets accumulated over 100 years, Mr. Kuo founded Taiwan’s first pastry museum, offering further insight into how the Taiwanese pastry and ceremonial customs have evolved over the span of time.
One year after the Yangmei museum was launched in 2001, Kuo Yuan Ye converted the 4th and 5th floors of its Shilin headquarters into “Kuo Yuan Ye Museum of Cake & Pastry”. Not only are the history of Taiwanese pastry and ceremonial traditions shown in an exhibit area, but the museum also offers hands-on baking experiences at the Joy Bakery and family-friendly events both in-and out-doors, in the hope that people of all ages will love and appreciate the art of Taiwanese pastry.
- Art and Cultural Centers Family Activities
- Guiding Service
- Family、Campus teaching
- Suggested Months for Visiting
- All year
- 4 & 5F, No. 546, Wenlin Rd., Shilin Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C
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R Tamsui-Xinyi Line Shilin
MUST READ!!Warning: 1. Make sure that when you follow the gps maps on your phone, it is taking you to 546 Wenlin Road and not No.12 Wenlin Road. The map took us to No. 12 Wenlin road only to find out that the actual address is a 15-minute walk. 2. We didn't know that you had to book online for the baking class. Reviewers here didn't mention it and the museum's website is hard to navigate thru. The website also does not mention the class timings and how many classes there are per day. Note: There are 2 classes. One in the morning and the last one is at 1pm. I piggy-backed my 7-year old kid for a 15- minute walk from the wrong address only to discover that the baking classes were over and we couldn't participate. FML.
Make your own pineapple cake experienceFamily travel including grandparents, wife, and 3 kids (12,10,8). We all had a blast. The program is well run and I can't say enough positive comments for the lady who guided our session. Jokes were a little corny at times, but super friendly, very helpful, and clearly enjoyed her job which made it enjoyable for all of us. Kids spoke very little Chinese and required our help. The tour guide did speak some English and Japanese. She later told us that she is learning Korean as well. There's a little museum tour while waiting for the pineapple cakes to be baked. It's a bit cheesy, but tolerable way to pass the time. You end packaging up about 10 self-made pineapple cakes, then a little tea time with pineapple cake and mango ice treat. Pros: fun experience, good pastries and dessert, good tour guide Cons: a bit out of the way, not much else nearby, a bit of a walk from nearest MRT station. Tips: be sure to ask how long whatever you buy will stay fresh, as many of them do not have preservatives. Some may not last until you've returned to US.
Enjoy some of the best desserts at their CAFE nextdoor instead !!!FOR THE REAL SWEET LOVERS Through my work I have been exposed to all kinds of sweet and chocolate creations in every capital in Europe and Asia. I have had the delight to taste many so called fusion sweet, but this is until tasting the House of Kuo's dessert The museum is not really a museum, more of a glorified shop. Instead, head straight to their CAFE next door HOK House of Kuo 郭元益的家 Address: No. 526, Wenlin Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111 Order a nice Oolong or Tieguanyin tea (best to balance the taste) then just try every chocolate and their pressed paste cakes ('classic pastry' on the menu). What a blast on the tongue.
Tasty cakes, great fun and good valueOur family enjoyed the DIY session very much. The cakes were delicious and the staff explained that they will taste like pineapple biscuits on the first day and develop a more pastry like flavour the next day. It was quite a long session taking 2.5 hours. Good value considering it cost only 350 NT per pax.
Do not buy their pineapple shortcakeWas at Shilin and visited after seeing the positive reviews on tripadvisor. Did not make it for the pastry making class as it already started. Went down to their shop instead. Was given samples of their pineapple shortcakes to try. It was delicious and bought 3 boxes. Returned from Taiwan and today tried the pineapple cake. It tasted different from the samples we were given! The taste was totally bland and nothing like the samples we were given to try. We were so disappointed as we were looking forward to savour the pineapple shortcake. Did not expect a heritage brand that is more than 100 year old to do such a thing. (If the brand is reading this, thumbs down on you. Your company obviously has a fantastic recipe as can be seen by the delicious samples. Do not cut cost by giving customers an inferior product different from the samples. As far as food is concern, you only have 1 chance.)
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