{Hong Kong} Of Egg Tarts and Egg Waffles

Tai Cheong Bakery

Egg Tarts and Egg Waffles!  These are two of Hong Kong’s tastiest snack items, and thanks to Mrs. 4 Seas who commented on my Hong Kong itinerary post, I knew where to sample some of the best ones in the country during my recent trip there.

For the egg tarts, I took the Peak tramway all the way up to the Galleria mall to find the Tai Cheong Bakery on the second floor.  I’ve had a number of egg tarts back in Southern California, mainly at Chinese restaurants from the dim sum carts.  But I’d heard that Tai Cheong’s are considered by some to be the best in the world with a creamy custard filling tucked into a crumbly shortbread crust.

Even before M and I entered Tai Cheong, we spotted the egg tarts sitting in a glass case near the front of the store.  They looked delicious!  But before I could order one, we needed to find something for M to eat as he is not a fan of the egg tarts.  Luckily there were plenty of other sweets to choose from and he decided to get a deep fried donut.

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Tai Cheong pudding

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After paying for our egg tart and deep fried donut ($6 HK each), we found a bench nearby and sat down to eat our goodies.  Since my egg tart experience is pretty limited, it might be a big premature to call Tai Cheong’s the best in the world, but it was definitely the best I’ve ever had!  The crust was especially fabulous, I could have eaten a normal sized pie’s worth of that stuff without any filling.  M took a small bite of it and even he admitted it was pretty good.  The deep fried donut was very nice, nothing fancy but just sweet enough and satisfyingly crispy on the outside and soft and doughy on the inside.

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deep fried donut

Later that night, when we were at the Temple Street Night Market, I yet again had a yen for something sweet.  I remembered that there was a popular egg waffle stall down Nathan Road, so as we walked back to our hotel I kept my eyes peeled for it.  It turned out to be very small and I almost missed it until I saw a young couple on the corner sharing an egg waffle.

I’ve heard that this place gets crazy busy but, luckily for us, it must have been a slow night when we went.  At the time, I didn’t even know the name of this place, but I later found out that it’s called Lee Keung Kee.  If you are ever in HK in the Tsim Sha Tsui area, you will find it on Nathan Road directly across the street from the police station.  Just look for the stall completely covered with pictures of Hong Kong celebrities.

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egg waffle shop

I placed an order for an egg waffle and was expecting to have to wait a few minutes for it but the cashier handed me one immediately.  I was worried it would be an older one that had been sitting around for a bit but it was piping hot (I almost dropped it because my hands were on fire!).  After waiting a bit for it to cool down, I pulled off an “egg” and gobbled it up.  It was wonderfully crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside.  I’m not sure if it was just my imagination but there was a faint taste of coconut to it.  I don’t normally like coconut that much but it added just the right hint of sweetness to the egg waffle.

In addition to egg waffles, Lee Keung Kee also sells a variety of savory items.  I would’ve liked to try some but unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it), I chose to order another egg waffle!  I was only in Hong Kong for two days after all and they do not sell such delicious egg waffles in my neck of the woods so I had to take advantage of this opportunity when I had the chance.  Full as I was, the second egg waffle tasted just as good as the first one.  Call it hyperbole, but these alone are worth making the trip back to Hong Kong someday!

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