There are a few must-eats while in Hong Kong, and aside from the usual Pineapple Buns (aka Bo Lo Bao), Roast Goose, and Dim Sum, enjoying Egg Tarts as a street snack is a best for most.
Tai Cheong Bakery
You will always see a short queue forming outside Tai Cheong at any time of the day. This old-time bakery has perhaps the most famous egg tart in Hong Kong, having been featured amongst the top bites in Hong Kong for decades. Balanced egg custard and a outer crust that is soft and buttery. There’s little doubt Tai Cheong still has one of the best egg tarts to savour while at Hong Kong.
Address: 35 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central
Honolulu Coffee Shop
Located at Wan Chai, Honolulu Coffee Shop another must-eat Egg Tart in Hong Kong. Also operating as a Cha Chaan Teng, Honolulu’s egg tarts are famous for its flaky outer crust – at 193 layers apparently, and an intense egg custard which perhaps explain why the egg tarts here are amongst the most expensive in town at HKD10 per tart.
Address: 176 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
Happy Cake Shop
This is a surprise for me. The egg custard has a very strong profile, with a flaky crust, the egg tart here is amongst my new favourite in Hong Kong. The old school bakery has a small walk-in area, where you can find other traditional bakes along side the egg tarts. Be warned though, I did find the egg tarts here rather oily, and from recommendations from fellow foodies, Happy Cake Shop can be quite inconsistent.
Address: 106 Queen’s Road East, Wai Chai
Minutes walk from Happy Cake Shop, Bakehouse is a modern artisan bakery and cafe offers a Sourdough Egg Tart. Yes, the outer crust of the tart is made with sourdough! While it is a novelty, Bakehouse executes it well with a balanced and smooth egg custard. This is definitely a good option to go for, if you are looking for that different something.
Address: 14 Tai Wong Street East, Wan Chai
If you have been to Macau, you must have savoured the popular Lord Stow’s Bakery’s Portuguese Egg Tarts. Lucky for you. EXpresso at The Excelsior Hong Kong retails them at the heart of Hong Kong, and you will not have to travel out to Macau for this anymore. The flaky butter crust, and the creamy custard makes this one of the to-die-for egg tarts.
Address: 281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay
Hoi On Cafe
Dining at Hoi On Cafe will bring back memories of old school Hong Kong Cha Chaan Teng. The restaurant dishes out many long time favourites of the city, including egg tarts! While it is just but a decent attempt, make sure you have the tart in the restaurant, as the nostalgic vibe is worth soaking in.
Address: 17 Connaught Road West, Sheung Wan
The Queen promises 368 layers for its egg tarts, and I am not able to start counting to verify this claim. Having said, the flaky crust was on point, although a tad oily. Generous portion of egg yolk to cream makes the custard an enjoyable one. Unfortunately the store bakes in batches, and it may not always be available. Having said, Queen Sophie has many other flavours, including Milk Tarts and Fruit Tarts.
Address: 2-24 Jervois Street, Kai Fung Mansion, Sheung Wan
Pie & Tart Specialists
A chain in Hong Kong, and no, they do not make egg tarts. Including them on the list as their Milk Tarts are worth trying! Usually packed with a spoon, you can dig into the milk custard wit much ease while on the move. Best to have this while its still hot, the buttery crust is in good contrast with the milk custard.
Address: 77 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Kam Wah Cafe & Bakery
Famous for its Bo Lo Bao, many locals will order their egg tarts while dining here too. While the crust came across rather dry, the egg custard was enjoyable. Make sure you have this with one of the many local favourites at Kam Wah, including the French Toast.
Address: 43 Bute Street, Mong Kok
Cheung Heung Yuen Restaurant
Travelled to Kennedy Town for a local Dim Sum spot, but why stop at just one dining spots? Head over to Cheung Heung Yuen for their egg tarts. This is perhaps the most underrated egg tart selection on this list, but it is perhaps as satisfying. Firm crust, with a good buttery flavour, and a balanced custard.
Address: 107 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town
Kam Fung Cafe
Saw some recommendations to try the egg tarts at Kam Fung Cafe, and unfortunately this does not deserve to be on this list. It was dry, and the egg custard was bland, not the standards described by some lucky ones – hopefully this was just not their usual standards.
Address: 41 Spring Garden Lane, Wan Chai
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