Egg Custard tarts - any good ones in San Jose
oh, how I dream of the legendary egg custard tarts from the Golden Gate Bakery in San Francisco.....
Golden Gate Bakery
1029 Grant Ave (between Pacific & Jackson)
But I don't get a chance to go to SF as often as I'd like. (lucky for my waisteline though)
... Is there any place in San Jose / Santa Clara County that compares to the Golden Gate Bakery's egg custard tarts?
No. There are lots of imitations everywhere, though. Check out the bakeries near 99 Ranch in Milpitas. Occasionally I'll find the Portuguese egg tarts somewhere, and they're good, but different. Good luck!
Not at all like Claudette has already said. Golden Gate Bakery's egg tarts are a unique SF flavor and arguably trumps some of the best in Hong Kong (well the best in HK, Tai Cheong in Central supposedly closed a few years ago and was the last British governor's favorite place, who also took his friend the then German Chancellor). So yeah there's nothing that comes anywhere close to GG.
Your only option in the South Bay for half decent egg tarts are Sheng Kee and select Sogo Bakery locations if they have them (but don't expect any that are good), but I'd put my vote in for Kee Wah Bakery (the only Northern Cal location) at Milpitas Square for the best quality of the trio.
If Fremont is not too far for you, Venus Cafe & Bakery make their own egg tarts, it is a HK style cafe and bakery. Ugly looking but I'm told they're decent.
re: K K
I, for one, wouldn't trust Fat Pat's taste in Chinese bakeries (unless, of course, he was coached by his wife).
The best in HK could be the Portuguese style at KFC. They hadn't introduced then yet at KFC when I worked in HK, but the one I had at a Shanghai KFC certainly trumps Golden Gate's egg tarts, though we are really talking about apples and oranges.
Have you read this thread:
"Their pastéis de nata", lemon flavored custard tart, were not overly sweet and had all the characteristics of a good Chinese egg tart. I would serve these at a dinner party. They ar so cute. Maybe my Chowhound picnic contribution if we have one?"
I might have to make a trip to San Jose this week...
hello, there are very good pasteis de nata at the Popular Bakery in S.Jose. Just like your quotation, but I'd say they're distinctively different than the Chinese tarts. The shell, for example, is more of a thin delicate crust, the egg flavor is not as pronounced, and for 75cts they're not much bigger than 2/3 of most Chinese egg tarts. All of the tarts we tried had distinctive, clean, delicate flavors(sweet bean was outstanding) and were clearly labors of love by the Azorean baker. cheers