Soft on the inside yet crispy on the outside, who can ever say no to Portuguese egg tarts?
When it comes to food, you’ll never run out of things to eat in Hong Kong. From dim sum to Hong Kong-style eggs and other local street food, there are plenty of snacks that the city is much loved for, and that includes Portuguese egg tarts. Also known as dan tat, egg tarts are thought to have found their way to Hong Kong through Macau back in the 1940s, and they’ve been known as the city’s staple dessert ever since. If you find yourself craving for these iconic custard tarts, check out these bakeries and shops to get a taste of the best egg tarts you’ll ever find in Hong Kong.
Where to buy the best egg tarts in Hong Kong
Tai Cheong Bakery
With over six decades of history, Tai Cheong Bakery is an old school bakery that is most well-known for its smooth and creamy egg tarts. Claimed as the innovator of butter-flavoured shortcrust pastry, the shop attracts long lines every day and has now had 14 branches across the city. Even Hong Kong’s last British governor Chris Patten was famously a fan of their egg tarts!
Tai Cheong Bakery, 35 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, p. 8300 8301, 中環擺花街35號地下
Pie & Tart Specialists
Founded in 1998, Pie & Tart Specialists is specialised in serving pies and tarts, including egg tarts. The specialty shop has now had 18 branches across Hong Kong and they are much loved for their affordable prices.
Pie & Tart Specialists, G/F, 77 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 2366 1236, 尖沙咀加連威老道77號地下
Expresso at The Excelsior
You don’t have to travel all the way to Macau to get a taste of their famous egg tarts from the Lord Stow’s Bakery. A specialty from the region, this bakery is claimed to have the best egg tarts in Macau and was even considered a trademark and a tourist attraction of Macau. While they don’t actually open the bakery here, you can still get their tarts at the EXpresso at The Excelsior Hotel in Causeway bay, which is the exclusive provider of the highly popular Lord Stow’s original egg tarts in Hong Kong.
Expresso at The Excelsior, 281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2837 6777, 銅鑼灣告士打道281號香港怡東酒店大堂
Hong Lin Restaurant
Hong Lin Restaurant is a cha chaan teng or tea restaurant that offers a great variety of mains as well as milk tea, buns, toasts, and soft breads. Among their daily bakes, our favourite has to be their egg tart, which comes with a flaky, butter-flavoured crust and a smooth and sweet custard.
Hong Lin Restaurant, G/F, 143-145 Tung Choi Street, Prince Edward, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, p. 2391 8398, 太子通菜街143-145號地下
Fried chicken is not the only thing you can order at KFC, as the American fast food chain also offers Portuguese egg tarts as part of their snack menu. Using the authentic recipe from Margaret Wong who started the egg tart craze in Macau, KFC’s egg tarts are freshly baked in-store everyday using creamy egg custard and flaky pastry, and they are surprisingly good!
KFC, 1/F, 147-151 King’s Road, Fortress Hill, North Point, Hong Kong, p. 2711 6399, 北角炮台山英皇道147-151號1樓
Honolulu Coffee Shop
Founded in the 1940s, Honolulu Coffee Shop is a Hong Kong-style tea restaurant that offers both Chinese and Western cuisine. The coffee shop, which also also has a Western-style bakery, is famous for their coffee, egg tarts, pineapple buns, traditional breads, noodles and rice, and many other snacks.
Honolulu Coffee Shop, G/F, 176-178 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 2575 1823, 灣仔軒尼詩道176-178號地下及閣樓
Kam Fung Cafe
Located in Wan Chai, Kam Fung Cafe is the perfect place to go if you’re looking to have a traditional Hong Kong breakfast. The tea restaurant is also famous for their milk tea and pastries such as egg tarts and pineapple buns.
Kam Fung Cafe, G/F, Spring Garden Mansion, 41 Spring Garden Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 2572 0526, 灣仔春園街41號春園大廈地下
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