January 12, 2016
Hunting for the best egg tarts in Singapore? We’re way ahead of you.
These shortcrust pastries filled with luscious egg-y custard are meggnificent. Drawing influences from the Westernized tart and having been crafted to beauty by Hong Kong, these delightful egg tarts now allure many with their flirtatiously bright exterior and aromatic flavours. If ever a sudden urge to munch on an egg tart hits you, just be glad that this handy guide will lead your tummy to a remedy.
As an extension of the Tak Po Dim Sum restaurant in Chinatown, much like Crystal Jade, this quaint little establishment sells pastries in a conjoined shop. For $1.10, we sat in the shade of this rather humble but charming shop and bit into the sweet, wobbly goodness that melts quite beautifully with the flaky outer skin.
Tak Po HK Dim Sum Restaurant: 42 Smith Street, Singapore 058954 | Monday to Sunday 0700-2230 | Tel: 6225 0302 | Website
Selling authentically traditional Hong Kong pastries, the egg tarts that 8 Tarts N Pastries sells does not stray from the genuine kind of egg tarts found in Hong Kong. The egg tarts from this store are fragrant and have a soft pastry texture that compliments the velvety egg-ccustard filling.
8 Tarts N Pastries: Vivo Citty, 1 Harbourfront Walk, #B2-K4 Singapore 098585 |Tel: 6276 0915 | Monday to Sunday 1000-2200 | Website
Ng Kim Lee Confectionery is an old school bakery near Beauty World Shopping Centre that sells both Westernized cakes and Teochew-style pastries like custard puffs and of course, egg tarts. Their diamond-shaped egg tarts ($0.80) come with a more biscuit-like texture than the traditional egg tarts. This harder outer layer brings a nice balance to the jelly-like custard filling, which is also not overwhelmingly sweet.
Ng Kim Lee Confectionery: 4 Chun Tin Road, Singapore 599591 | Tel: 6466 3515 | Monday to Saturday 0900-2100, Sunday 0900-1300
Among the many egg tarts we tried, the egg tarts from this pastry shop remained one of the most eccentric. The egg tart ($0.90) was rather delectable, with its hard biscuit-like pastry texture and its gelatinous yellow filling. This egg tart also somehow managed to make me feel nostalgic about the tarts sold in my primary school canteen years ago.
Tiong Bahru Galicier Pastry: Blk 55 Tiong Bahru Rd #01-39, Singapore 160055 | Tel: 6324 1686 | Tuesday to Sunday 1000-2030, Closed on Mondays
Now, for a change of scene, I thought it was good to add Madeleine’s Original Egg Tart to this list, simply because their Portugese egg tarts are fantastic. I’m more of a hardcore fan of the original Cantonese-style egg tart but when I tried the Portugese egg tarts from this place, I understood why many adored this particular pastry. The Portugese egg tart from Madeleine’s is almost similar to a Crème brûlée, with its charred caramelized top and creamy centre. The sides are rather flaky but the crisp texture is top notch.
Balmoral Bakery is an old-school bakery that churns out various types of pastries, ranging from custard puffs to pandan cake and their egg tarts are definitely worth a mention. While most egg tarts’ fillings are usually relatively firm, the egg- custard filling of the Balmoral Bakery egg tart is slightly more runny. This smooth, soft texture is balanced out nicely with the pastry.
Balmoral Bakery: 105 Clementi Street 12, Singapore 120105 | Tel: 6779 2064| Monday to Sunday 0900-2000
The egg-custard of Tai Chong Kok’s egg tarts are very silky and slightly runny, and they go very nicely with the soft and buttery pastry. A very scrumptious pastry that would make for a lovely afternoon snack.
Tai Chong Kok Confectionery Outlet: 34 Sago Street, Singapore 059026 | Tel: 6227 5701 | Monday 0930-1800, Tuesday to Sunday 0930-2000
The egg tart from Chin Mee Chin Confectionery is slightly different from the typical Cantonese egg tart, with its crispy crust and beautiful yellow centre. The pastry was not too sweet and had just the right amount of eggy flavour. To top things off, Chin Mee Chin is relatively groovy for the store’s design is reminiscent of retro food shops back in the 80s.
Chin Mee Chin Confectionery: 204 East Coast Road Singapore 428903 | Tel: 6345 0419 | Tuesday to Sunday 0830-1600, Closed on Mondays
The egg tart from Dona Manis has a delicate, buttery crust coupled with a silky soft egg-custard filling. While this confectionery shop is better known for its other pastries like banana-walnut cake, the egg tarts from this place should not be given a miss!
It was remarkably easy to locate this confectionery shop and my initial fears of getting lost in Tiong Bahru in search of this gem of an egg tart were quickly dissipated. The egg tart ($1.20) from this store could potentially be the best egg tart I’ve had in a long while due to its thick, smooth custard filling. The filling did not have an overwhelming eggy flavour and the pastry was soft and flaky to a good extent. Definitely worth a try.
Leung Sang Hong Kong Pastries: 18 Jalan Membina, #01-06 Singapore 164018 | Monday to Sunday 0730-1600
Tong Heng Confectionery has wriggled its way to the top of the Egg Tart food chain scene in Singapore and almost any egg-tart lover would have at least heard of this confectionery shop. Situated in the heart of China Town, Tong Heng and the diamond egg tarts ($1.60) they sell have become one of my most frequented stores. The egg tarts have a slighly flaky but still hard texture with an almost jelly-like, candied egg-custard filling. Simply delicious.
There is one other confectionery shop that will be joining forces with these egg-tarts powerhouses in 2016 and it goes by the name of Tai Cheong Bakery (an authentic egg tarts shop originating from Hong Kong). I eagerly await its arrival.
Regardless of how you like your egg tarts, I hope this list helps in your journey towards the end of the rainbow – where all these golden beauties await you.
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