Being a bakery more than a cafe, sakurashima offers the choice of shortcrust cookiebased or flaky tarts. Rory boland is a journalist and the editor of which. And, if youre heading to macau, why not book our guide aubrey to show you. We sought out the best versions of this hong kong staple to find out which egged our taste buds on the most.
Egg tarts are often served at dim sum restaurants and cha chaan tengs. First popularized in the 40s and 50s, the history of this local snack reflects hong kongs unique cultural identity as an eastmeetswest melting pot. Hong kong egg tart vs macau egg tart hong kong greeters. Order takeaway and delivery at tai cheong bakery, hong kong with tripadvisor. The egg tart, featuring a lardbased puff pastry crust and a filling similar to steamed egg pudding, was invented by a department store for one of these weekly special competitions. The chinesestyle egg tart came about due to department store competition. From small eateries, to bakeries to restaurants, hong kong has egg tarts everywhere. Egg tarts were introduced to hong kong via guangzhou in the 1940s but. I think i had an average of one a day, and when honey was going through the photos of my hong kong trip, she kept going more egg tarts here are some pictures of what i tasted.
Making 16 egg tarts of a tart pan ingredients for the custard filling 4 medium eggs, beaten reserve 2 tablespoons for your pastry dough 34 cup hot. Egg tart is prepared with a pastry crust shell that is filled with an eggbased mixture. The egg tart is a popular pastry sold in hong kong s bakeries and cafes and is beloved by locals for its flaky crust and sweet, eggy filling. Legend says that in 1920s guangzhou, competition between department stores was tough. We trekked all the way over to the deep dark side for this celebrated patisserie and found it claimed the most attractive crust with a flaky puff pastry that had opened up nicely. It is perfectly match taste with crispy baked tart dough, tenderly soft cheese mousse. Jan 22, 2017 egg tart also called egg custard tart, dan tat, dan ta, dahn taht, dan that is a popular pastry in hong kong, as well as in macau and mainland china. We think that there are some small subtle differences with the tai cheong egg tarts in hong kong while i found the tai cheong egg tarts in hong kong better, my mum preferred the ones from the singapore store. Full text of international herald tribune, 1998, france. The dish consists of an outer pastry crust filled with egg custard. Records the last five years of british rule in hong kong, including pattens unique.
Behind the scenes at hong kongs most loved egg tart bakery. The tart crust also tastes good, though is a tad stiff and hard. They represent a fusion of culture and cuisine that is uniquely hong kong. Mar 14, 2008 read page 2 of the best egg tarts in hong kong. Find out how the hong kong egg tart differs from the macau egg tart. As hong kong style egg tart, there are two kinds of tart shellsone is puffy pastry similar to shell of portuguese egg tart and the other one is short crust pastry, taste like a butter cookie. Jul 12, 2017 an egg tart expert at one of tai cheongs new outlets shows us what goes into the making of one of hong kong s favorite foods. Egg custard tarts were introduced in hong kong in the 1940s by cha chaan tengs a tea diner.
Learn to make three of hong kong s favorite bakery goods. First popularized in the 40s and 50s, the history of this local snack reflects hong kong s unique cultural identity as an eastmeetswest melting pot. All equipment, materials and recipes will be provided as well as some refreshments. A graduate of bangor university, he is the author of moons living abroad in hong kong and the reviser of national geographic traveler.
Treat yourself to one of hong kong s most iconic food items, the egg tart, with a stop at tai cheong bakery in central and tsim sha tsui. Hong kong egg tarts are however filled with a rich custard that is much eggier and less creamy than english custard tarts. As hong kong shares influences from macau and vice versa. The hong kong egg tarts ive had in sf and in hong kong always had a puff pastry kind of crust so next time ill use puff pastry. Full of colour and incident, a childhood memoir that is also a history of hong kong in the 20th century. In the 1960s, cha chaan tengs began to serve egg tarts, popularizing the pastry with the workingclass hong kong population. The custard tasted okay and the crust is more like a sugar cookie. Pages in category novels set in hong kong the following 26 pages are in this category, out of 26 total. Portugal, with its long history of naval exploration, first landed in guangzhou province in 15 while hong kong became a british colony in the early 1840s.
Mar 09, 2015 there are two famous types of egg tart here in my countryone is hong kong style and the other one is macao version also known as portuguese egg tart. Tai cheong bakery egg tart set in central and tsim sha tsui. The plot thickens in the mystery of hong kongs missing. The lemon curd has an extremely smooth and soft texture, while having a spoton balanced taste between sweet and sour. There were numerous stories of him having egg tart for lunch at a local. This place has become famous because it was the last british governor of hong kongs favorite egg tart stand. They make all their egg tarts on the spot in a pretty small space. A brief history egg tarts, from portuguese monks to hong kong.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the surface becomes golden brown and a toothpick can stand in the egg tart. What used to be a simple pastry crust with sweet egg custard filling has turned into a plethora of egg white tarts, honeyegg tarts, chocolate tarts, green tea tarts the list goes on. Tai cheong bakery singapore egg tarts have returned to. Crust is thick and nice to bite into, and this is one of the cheaper egg tart options in hong kong. Best custard tarts ever tai cheong bakery, hong kong. I feel ashamed for not being more curious about my family history. It used to be anything chocolatey, but i guess an appetite for something more refreshing and less sweet comes with age. Though his hands were tied by politics and history, patten did his courageous best. Hong kongstyle egg tart egg tarts were introduced to hong kong via guangzhou in the 1940s but initially could only be found in higherend westernstyle restaurants. Our cheese tart has been founded in hokkaido, and so much appreciated by all generations in tokyo lately. May 02, 2010 read the best egg custard tarts in hong kong and macau.
Egg tarts were then introduced in western cafes, bakeries, dim sum restaurants and many people loved to eat them with yum cha. Search the history of over 387 billion web pages on the internet. Everything is normal, one allegedly wrote in a fax to a colleague. The last governor and millions of other books are available for amazon kindle. The brits have been churning out custard tarts since medieval. Its also plausible that macau, a portugueseoccupied region at the time, was the source of the egg tarts in hong kong. Nevertheless, according to, critics contest the origin of the pastry, with some believing that the chinese egg tart is based off the english tart as britain previously colonized hong kong. Although initially a portuguese import, macaus egg tarts have a.
The custard is smooth and rich, though in our opinion, can be a little more generous. A brief history egg tarts, from portuguese monks to hong. Order food online at tai cheong bakery, hong kong with tripadvisor. The shortcrust pastry is far too sweet and doughy, and completely overpowers the custard. Mad about egg tarts in hong kong honeyandsoy food adventures. Much like a brownie or a chocolate chip cookie in the united states, almost everyone in this city has a strong opinion on how they like their egg tarts. Jan 09, 2017 hong kongs egg tarts pack a whole lot of history into just a couple of bites.
A very easy way to make a popular treat from hong kong. Hong kong s egg tarts pack a whole lot of history into just a couple of bites. It is something you could get at a generic dim sum place and is really nothing special. They originated in hong kong in the 1940s and were eventually introduced to china and taiwan. Travel the baker behind macaus famous egg custard tarts bbc. Hong kongs 6 best egg tarts to try thetravelzombies. Cedele retains the top spot for making the most perfect lemon tart ive had in hong kong. Itd be good just as a regular custard tart maybe a 9 inch tart pan and not hong kong style. Jun 05, 2017 enjoy a traditional hong kong style egg tart here.
This recipe produces custard tarts which with a thin, golden crust and light, fluffy filling. I also extended the quest home and came up with a pretty decent recipe after several attempts. Discover the tricks to preparing this treat under the guidance of professional bakers. The sweet, gooey egg tart is a staple of my early dim sum experience.
Tart recipes bakery recipes dessert recipes cooking recipes egg tart recipe hong kong chinese egg tart chinese egg custard recipe tart bakery custard tart. Apr 14, 2020 chocolate tart and chocolate dome orange or earl grey flavour are the musttry. Everything you need to know about the hong kong egg tart. Hard to book like u hv to wait at least 23 months in random dates. The way its so easy too easy to eat five in one sitting. I was very happy going around sampling the array of egg tarts available. The zhen guang restaurant in guangzhou is also credited with inventing the chinese egg tart. Mar 03, 2009 his interests include southeast asian politics and history, as well as the beaches of southern thailand. The 15 best places for tarts in hong kong foursquare.
Oct 09, 2015 oh, the ubiquitous hong kong egg tart. It is then baked to reach the consistency of custard or flan. We also committed to exploring new, different, and interesting ways to produce recipes books and tvs cooking programme through culture. Jan 05, 2016 the plot thickens in the mystery of hong kong s missing booksellers. Behind the scenes at hong kong s most loved egg tart bakery an egg tart expert at one of tai cheongs new outlets shows us what goes into the making of one of hong kong s favorite foods. Another story mentions the portuguese colonisation of macau.29 1193 1425 970 369 259 300 1097 1321 696 1544 1648 1097 1457 1524 654 56 1337 653 107 466 994 386 502 987 816 303 216 91 791 904 523 78 242 882 1436 1055 858