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lwiley Oct 13, 2006 06:51 PM

Went to Macau easlier this year, had some fantastic small tarts filled with egg custard. Anyone know where to find them locally?

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    hrdboiled RE: lwiley Oct 13, 2006 06:54 PM

    try this. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

    best egg custards i've had in the states was at golden gate bakery in SF. waited an hour for those puppies but well worth it.

    1. ipsedixit RE: lwiley Oct 13, 2006 06:55 PM

      Most chinese bakeries and dim sum places will have them.

      For dim sum restaurants try 888, Ocean Star or Sea Harbour ... all in the SGV.

      For bakeries, try Diamond Bakery (www.diamondcakes.com ) and JJ Bakery (in Arcadia and Rowland Heights).

      There is also a little shack in Monterey Park that offers dim sum items on a to-go basis only, and they have pretty standard HK-style egg custard tarts. Place is called Dim Sum Express (326 N Garfield Ave
      Monterey Park,(626) 307-5800).

      Mmmm, "dan-ta" sounds like a great lunch item for a Friday afternoon ...

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        condiment RE: lwiley Oct 13, 2006 07:09 PM

        Macau Street on Garvey in Monterey Park has by far the best egg tarts I've ever tasted. A crisp, million-layer crust, plenty of lard, perfectly smooth custard - 9 out of 10 times elsewhere, it curdles. And it's baked to order!

        1. notmartha RE: lwiley Oct 13, 2006 07:25 PM

          I've seen 3 different styles of egg tarts - portugese, the tradition chinese flaky crust, and the shortbread crusted. I don't much like the little ones from dim sum places - too little filling, too much crust. I like them eggy.

          I preferred JJ's, but it's the shortbread type crust, which I am guessing wasn't much like the Macau ones. I can never tell much of a difference between the other two, other than by appearance. The portuguese style is more browned, almost like a creme brulee on top. Read that the portuguese style is a derivative of Nata, which you can also find in Portuguese bakery such as Nata, which I haven't checked out yet (http://www.nataspastries.com/index.htm

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          Diamond Bakery (mentioned before) has both traditional and portuguese, and I believe the Kee Wah does also, if you are in the Rowland Heights area (near Sam Woo BBQ).

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            Chubbypanda RE: lwiley Oct 13, 2006 07:31 PM

            Also remember that egg tarts come filled with both standard egg custard and Portugese egg custard. The egg tarts filled with Portugese egg custard tend to be smaller in size due to the richness of the custard, and have crisper shells and browned tops.

            Since Macau used to be a Portugese colony (settled in the 16th century), it's highly likely that the egg tart you had there was one filled with Portugese custard and not the standard Chinese custard. So if you visit any of the excellent bakeries/dim sum restaurants recommended in this thread, ask for the egg tarts filled with Portugese custard specifically.

            Good luck!

            - Chubbypanda

            http://epicurious-wanderer.blogspot.com/

            1. monku RE: lwiley Oct 13, 2006 10:15 PM

              Love em......but probably the worse dim sum item you could eat. Made with lard, egg yolks and sugar.

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                ipsedixit RE: monku Oct 13, 2006 10:20 PM

                Throw in some red beans or dates and voila ... mooncakes!

              2. Dommy RE: lwiley Oct 13, 2006 10:24 PM

                I love the ones from JJ Bakery... there are several locations...

                http://www.jjgourmetfood.com/

                --Dommy!

                1. modernist RE: lwiley Oct 13, 2006 11:53 PM

                  while embarassingly, i've never made it out to macau. i have tried the egg custard tarts in lisbon (a six pack in a hexagonal box extrusion. ate 'em all). i had to change my boxers they were that good.

                  now i had had hundreds of egg tarts growing up, and there was nothing like these. of course, over the next few years they started showing up at ranch 99's and bakeries around town, but nowhere as good.

                  i just read this in latimes:
                  http://www.calendarlive.com/dining/cl...

                  im hoping they'll be close. i tried the ones at macau street last night and didnt think they were that great. kind of a heavy pastry. but even a bad egg custard tart is a pretty amazing thing...

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                    liu RE: modernist Oct 13, 2006 11:58 PM

                    I posted on Natas Portuguese Bakery just a short time back (last week) and their "natas" are really delicious! I suspect that everything in their cases is just as good. If you haven't been, it is worth the trip!

                  2. Kitchen Queen RE: lwiley Oct 16, 2006 09:40 PM

                    lwiley -

                    99 Ranch makes and sells them daily. They don't always have the small tarts but, I ALWAYS see the large ones -they call it egg pie. Go to the bakery section, you'll find 'em there. I love them but, oh so fattening! 5.99$ per pie. If you go, buy yourself a red bean paste egg bread - OH yummo! :)KQ ( I shop at the one on Sepulveda and Victory)

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