You Can't Make An Egg Tart Without Breaking Eggs

The Hong Kong style egg tart is a staple in dim sum restaurants, cha chaan tengs, and local Cantonese bakeries. Its history stems back to the early 1920s in Guangzhou and is said to be a hybrid between the British custard tart, western fruit tart, and Cantonese-style steamed egg pudding. The egg custard is a mixture of egg, milk, and sugar while the tart crust is traditionally made with lard because butter was too expensive. Check out our favorite variations of the egg tart below.

cookie crust egg tart

Egg Tart 蛋撻 

The traditional egg tart is normally enjoyed fresh from the oven while it's piping hot or during a serious dim sum session. This egg tart in particular features a cookie crust. While more old school style bakeries continue to use lard, Hong Kong's famous Tai Cheong Bakery (approved by British Governor Chris Patten) has made this buttery cookie crust a tourist attraction.

kam fung egg tart

Flaky Crust Egg Tart 酥皮蛋撻

Similar to the cookie crust, the flaky crust egg tart uses a dough that features many layers. The texture is comparable to croissant dough as it's a bit heavier than filo dough. It's considered to be one of the three jewels of Hong Kong cafe culture (the other two being the pineapple bun with butter and milk tea). The flaky tarts from Kam Fung Cafe still use lard and have customers lining up in the morning every day. 

egg white tart

Egg White Tart 蛋白撻 

Other flavored egg tarts have developed over the years with everything from matcha egg tarts to bird's nest egg tarts. Egg white tarts are geared towards the health conscious since they don't use yolks in the custard. Different bakery chains have their own take to give a little variety to the traditional tart. This particular one from Arome Bakery is an egg white custard mixed with Hokkaido milk.

portuguese egg tart

Portuguese Egg Tart 葡撻 

The Portuguese egg tart from Hong Kong is an export of the Macanese. Based on the pastel de Belem of Lisbon (a tart with a paler filling which used corn flour) and English custard tart, the Macanese style Portuguese Egg Tart features a flaky, filo type crust. While their recipe is slightly different than the Pastel de Nata from Portuga, they still also have an egg custard center that is slightly burnt and crispy from the brûléed top. Macau's famous Lord Stowe's has been churning out tarts since 1989 with an outlet in Causeway Bay. 

The Whiskey House Opens in HK International Airport

whiskey house sunday's groceryAlready one of the best airports in the world according to Skytrax, Hong Kong International Airport has just received another upgrade. DFS Group has recently launched a space called The Whiskey House as part of its 30,000sq ft expansion in the airport.The concept is a collaboration with Scottish company William Grant & Sons (which owns the Glenfiddich brand) and showcases over 250 premium whiskies from around the world, with more than 40 products available for complimentary tasting every day.With rare single malt whiskies, blind tasting sessions, whiskey experts, discounts, and prizes, The Whiskey House will surely be a hit amongst enthusiasts traveling through Hong Kong. Source: Retail in Asia

Anti-Social Ramen Chain, Ichiran, Opens in US

ichiran-new-yorkThe popular Japanese ramen chain, Ichiran, has opened its first US shop in Brooklyn, NY. Ichiran focuses on what they call “low interaction dining” where guests dine alone in booths and focus solely on their food. Diners are not greeted upon arrival, nor do they need to speak to a server to order. Customers check their ramen preferences on a menu printed on a chopstick sleeve which is placed over an electronic eye on each table.While Yardbird’s motto is “sharing is caring”, Ichiran’s success reveals that sometimes, people just don’t want to share. Some say it's the delicious ramen, others say it’s the mindfulness of eating without distractions, but with 60 locations in Japan and Hong Kong that are open 24/7 and crowds waiting to dine at the new NY outpost, Ichiran is definitely on to something. Or maybe we just need a little solo time with a big bowl of hot noodles once in a while. Image Courtesy: Grub Street

Shout out to Hong Kong: Let the Lights Dim Sum

dim-sum-hong-kong-sundays-groceryIt's easy to forget how spoiled we are in Hong Kong when it comes to great dim sum. Besides the Michelin-starred establishments found in hotels, there's also the hole-in-the-wall and family run restaurants that offer some of the best har gao (shrimp dumplings) and char siu bao (barbecue pork buns) in the city.Check out C.B. Cebulski, the talent scout for Marvel Comics, as he travels around Hong Kong in search of the best dim sum spots for Lucky Peach Magazine. He stops by our staff favorite, Dim Sum Square, renowned Tim Ho Wan, and more. Watch the full video here.Love dim sum? Check out the most affordable Michelin star restaurant that serves just that here.