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Where to find the most delicious egg tarts in Hong Kong

By Sarah Moran 10 November 2018 | Last Updated 29 October 2021

Header image courtesy of Bakehouse

Originally published by Sarah Moran. Last updated by Ching Yuen.

Hong Kong’s quintessential egg tart (蛋撻; daan2 daat3) made its first appearance in the city during the 1940s and has been an afternoon tea staple ever since. A good egg tart should fulfil a few simple requirements: A puff pastry tart should be soft and loose, with clear, separated layers, while a biscuit crust egg tart should also be soft and fluffy but not so soft that it falls apart at first bite. And no matter which filling, the egg custard should runny and fragrant; some shops make theirs with eggier flavours than others. Be it the puff pastry egg tart or biscuit crust egg tart, or even the blistered Portuguese-style egg tart, whichever it is you’re hankering after, we’ve got you covered with our list of Hong Kong’s top eight egg tarts.

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Tai Cheong Bakery

Treat yourself to Tai Cheong Bakery’s rich, decadent egg tarts. Established in 1954, Tai Cheong is considered the innovator of the beloved butter-flavoured shortcrust pastry that’s tender yet firm, and is famous for having some of the best egg tarts around town. Not only is the custard filling smooth and creamy without being too sweet, but the crust also crumbles right in your mouth with the perfect balance of buttery goodness. Plus, if they were good enough for Hong Kong’s former governor, Chris Patten, a famous fan of Tai Cheong’s egg tarts, then they’re good enough for us, too.

Tai Cheong Bakery, Shop C, G/F, Lyndhurst Building, 35 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central | (+852) 2544 3475

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Honolulu Coffee Shop

This old-school establishment, which has been around since the 1940s, takes pride in its mouth-wateringly delicious egg tarts. The fragrant egg custard filling of Honolulu Coffee Shop’s tarts are runny and velvety smooth, yet not overly sweet. The secret to the delectable light, flaky, crispy crust is a special blend of butter and lard, as well as nearly two hundred layers of puff pastry. Fun fact: Honolulu Coffee Shop was one of the main filming locations for the 2010 Hong Kong film Crossing Hennessy.

Honolulu Coffee Shop, G/F, 176–178 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 2575 1823

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Kam Fung Restaurant

If you’re a fan of small, sweet bites, then Kam Fung Restaurant is your go-to for egg tarts. These dainty little morsels are smaller in size compared to your usual egg tarts, but the taste factor sure makes up for it. The puff pastry crust is buttery, flaky, and thin, while the heavy filling is eggy and sweet. It’s no secret that egg tarts always taste better straight out of the oven, and this is often the case at Kam Fung. While you’re there, don’t forget to wash them down with a cup of Kam Fung’s silky milk tea, too—some folks would argue this is even better than famous Lan Fong Yuen’s.

Kam Fung Restaurant, G/F, Spring Garden Mansion, 41 Spring Garden Lane, Wan Chai | (+852) 2572 0526

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Cheung Heung Tea Restaurant

The bold red Chinese characters on the right side of Cheung Heung’s front door say it all—“famous egg tarts.” This old-school cha chaan teng is rumoured to sell over a thousand egg tarts a day. These much-sought-after pastries have a thick, buttery-flavoured shortcrust that is soft and crispy, complementing the light and creamy egg custard filling. This one is definitely a must-try.

Cheung Heung Tea Restaurant, 107 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town | (+852) 2855 7911

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Hoover Cake Shop

Hoover Cake Shop is acclaimed by many as Hong Kong’s egg tart king. Using duck eggs instead of normal eggs, the custard filling of these velvety baked treats are smoother and stronger-flavoured, with a rich yellow hue and glossy shine. The heavily layered puff pastry crust tastes almost like a croissant but crispier, while the shortcrust is soft, buttery, and crumbly. If you want to learn how to recreate these delicious egg tarts at home, Hoover Cake Shop hosts baking classes taught by the shop’s very own master chef!

Hoover Cake Shop, 136 Nga Tsin Wai Road, Kowloon City | (+852) 2382 0383

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Opened by acclaimed pastry chef Grégoire Michaud, Bakehouse is the most popular kid on the block. Among their many delicious offerings is a creative twist on the traditional egg tart: the sourdough egg tart. Made with the same dough as the shop’s celebrated sourdough croissants, the tart’s caramelised crust is thin, buttery, and flaky, with a slight tang of the sourdough. The filling is sweet, fluffy, silky, and eggy, all without being runny. Overall, it tastes more like the traditional pastel de nata than the Macau-style Portuguese egg tart that’s usually found in Hong Kong. These babies come out of the oven at around 8 am every day and are available until 1 or 2 pm in the afternoon, so make sure you grab one (or two, or three…) while they last!

Bakehouse, 14 Tai Wong Street East, Wan Chai

Queen Sophie

As the name suggests, this pastry shop proclaims to be the queen of pastries and baked goods, despite being a relatively new player on the scene. Their signature egg tarts are said to have 386 layers folded into the crust, and though we can’t accurately count that for you to prove their claim, trust us when we say it’s superbly flakey! The layers are as thin as air and the tart just melts in your mouth, and if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, there are multiple flavours available as well. Remember to leave the tarts out at room temperature at home; if you put them in the fridge, they will become rock hard.

Queen Sophie, locations across Hong Kong

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Sarah Moran

Staff writer

Born and raised in Hong Kong to expat parents, Sarah grew up as your typical third-culture kid, caught between two worlds. As someone who is nosy (or just curious) and loves the written word, there was never any other career that appealed to her as much as journalism. When she’s not busy on her mission to find the line between not enough coffee and too much coffee, you can find her exploring the city or getting stuck in a good book.