Egg tarts (蛋撻) are a very popular traditional snack in Hong Kong and a must in the tasting list of any first-time-visitor to HK. These tarts are available in most bakeries as well as some dim sum restaurants but there are some bakeries that specialize in them. One of them is the famous Tai Cheong Bakery, established in 1954, which is considered to have the best egg tarts. The bakery is conveniently located at the Mid-Levels Escalator area, which you’re probably going to visit anyhow while in Hong Kong – so why not stop at this small bakery while you’re there. While they have a few more branches around Hong Kong, this one is the original and notorious one.
The origin of this snack is actually British, as they are basically an adaptation of the English custard tarts. Despite what you might guess about these egg tarts, they are actually sweet. The short crust pastry is filled with jelly-like egg custard and is served scorching hot. That is, if you’re lucky enough to hit the bakery right after they finished baking a batch.
When we arrived to the bakery it was packed full of kids, who probably just finished their school day and we were pretty bummed at first to have to wait in line. Those kids were buying tarts in bulk, and that turned out well for us because by the time we ordered, the kids had already bought all the tarts on display, so the baker pulled a new fresh tray from the oven. Score!
Asides from tasting the amazingly delicious egg tart we also wanted to try one of their other pastries and went with the bacon and cheese tart. What can I tell you? Stick with the egg tart and the egg tart only. The price for each tart is (7HKD / $1 / 3.5₪) which is a pretty good deal.
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