Thursday, 5 May 2016

2 Styles of Delicious Egg Tarts in Hong Kong!


The first time I went to Hong Kong I was introduced to delicate, buttery, custardy egg tarts on an evening stroll, freshly baked and packaged in a paper bag by a corner bakery lady. Since then I've seen the same ones sold in Asian bakeries here in Canada, but they just didn't have that fresh, warm, crumbly quality that made them so good in Hong Kong.

On our recent trip across Asia, we fortunately had booked our layover in Hong Kong on the way to Japan so that we would have one day to run around and see the city again, and of course get some egg tarts :D. So here's two places we found that had two different styles of egg tarts!

Important Note: Before purchasing baked goods in Hong Kong, be sure to ask the staff if they use lard or vanilla extract that contains alcohol. You can use Google Translate and print out the translation if you don't speak Mandarin or Cantonese.



Arome Bakery Room - White Egg Tarts


In our haste to find one of those mom and pop bakeries that sells the elusive egg tarts before hopping on a bus to catch our flight, we found this place, Arome Bakery Room, just down the street from our hotel, iClub Fortress Hill Hotel.


This was a stylish modern bakery that was well decorated and had beautiful pastries for sale, however all we wanted was some egg tarts, and these were the ones they had. At 8 HKD each (around $1.33) it was more than twice the price of the usual egg tarts you'd find in the corner store bakeries, but it was beautiful and made of egg whites only, so we decided to try it.


The edges of the pastries were indented beautifully and the crust was delicious and held together well. The egg white custard filling didn't much have the "eggy" flavour of the usual egg tarts, but they were lovely. We were also flying to Japan while carrying these so we appreciated the pastries being in tins rather than cupcake wrappers, and having a solid box to hold onto as well.

Street level view courtesy of map.baidu.com

Here's a streetview of the location. If you're in the area be sure to give them a try! The next bakery we visited was just down the street from here.

Store information

Store Name: Arome Bakery Room 東海堂
Address: Shop 2, G/F, Aia Tower, 183 Electric Road, North Point, Hong Kong
Address in Chinese: 北角電氣道183號友邦廣場地下2號舖
Nearest Station: Fortress Hill
Official Website: Click here
Review Website: Click here



Fresh Oat Bakery - Traditional Egg Tarts



We continued down Electric Road to our hotel and were amazed to find a bakery selling the authentic egg tarts (using whole eggs instead of just the whites), just steps away from Arome Bakery!

There we saw the welcome sight of the local bakery lady who will tap out warm and soft egg tarts from their metal mini-pans gingerly onto a slice of bread, then gently package them up onto cupcake wrappers and into a paper bag.

They cost very little, around 3 HKD each ($0.50 CAD).


Perfection. We decided to enjoy ours on the bus ride to the airport, and it was everything I remembered, a slightly sweet egg custard flavour enveloped in a fresh crumbly crust. Just be careful! These pastries are so fresh and delicate that they'll likely fall apart after a bite or two. The egg white version from Arome Bakery was lovely, but in my opinion I'll always prefer the original.


Streetview courtesy of maps.google.com. Note: This image was taken in 2011 and surrounding buildings may have changed.

Store information

Store Name: Fresh Oat Bakery / 鮮麥鮮飽店
Address: G/F, Union Park Tower, 168 Electric Road, Hong Kong
Address in Chinese: 電氣道168號栢宜大廈地下
Nearest Station: Fortress Hill
Yelp Review: Click here




Next time you have a layover in Hong Kong, do yourself a favour: Get some egg tarts, and say bismillah!

-Maryam

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