Egg Tarts in Hong Kong

After burning my tongue several times trying out the famous Tai Cheong egg tarts, I still can’t have enough of these piping hot goodies. It will always be a highlight of my trips to Hong Kong.

However, this time, I wasn’t able to make it part of my trip’s agenda since it was packed with meetings, and wouldn’t be in the Central area. I can only count myself lucky if I managed to pass by a bakery selling egg tarts…. which I did..while visiting a client Kwun Tong, Hoi Bin Road!

I was greeted by the buttery aromas from 蛋撻王(Dan Ta Wang, translated “Egg Tart King”)  while enroute to Ngau Tau Kok(牛頭角) Station.

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While I wasn’t sure of how this would compare to Tai Cheong, my “I-must-not-deprive-myself-of-egg-tarts-while-in-HK” attitude brought me into the store to scrutinize at the bright yellow tarts. After looking at the descriptions (flaky pastry, steamed milk custard, conventional, Portuguese, even durian..), I pointed at the most standard-looking one to order.

Paid quickly, I got it and walked to the sidewalk to have it while it was still warm.

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It crumbled at the sink of my teeth and melted in my mouth. It was a mess. BUT ITS SO GOOD.

I am happy. Eat egg tart. Checked.

*Did you know? Apparently there are 384 layers to the crust – a result of a meticulous process from the chef – or what they call “Master” (Shifu in Chinese).

Teabreak, 蛋撻王(Dan Ta Wang) 宏啟
九龍觀塘鴻圖道1號地下8號舖 27630892 27630632
Unit G8, 1 Hung To Road, Kwun Tong, Kln.

Review Summary
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese Dessert

Price: $
Style: Bakery
Mood: Local
Service: Self-service

If you can handle it, try your hand at replicating these custard goodies at home. Recipe from Tai Cheong here.


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