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Nov 13, 2007 06:30 PM

Egg Custard Tarts - the hunt is on!

Hopefully, Golden Gate Bakery will be able to return to their own level of excellence someday but until then let's move on and find the best egg custard tarts out there. I'll be in the city on Thursday and will begin the search ..... anyone have any contenders that I can try?

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  1. My Chinese in-laws love the don tots at Sunset Bakery on 9th near Judah.

    1. Ton Kiang, but it's eat-in... but I'm sure you can take out.

      1. Sounds like we might need the dilly on two versions, the dim sum restaurant vs the bakery.

        Dim sum places tend to do smaller more flavorful compact versions, another whole world out there.

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        1. re: K K

          Not Asian, but the ones at John Campbell's Irish Bakery are exceptional. After GG Bakery, they are my favorites.

          John Campbell's Irish Bakery
          5625 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

          1. re: pane

            Are they the Portuguese style, an indigenous Irish style or another style altogether? (The Irish 1/4 of me only knows corned beef and cabbage.)

            1. re: Xiao Yang

              Not sure of the style or heritage, but they look just like the ones at GGB--flaky crust, rich eggy center, about the same size. Provenance unknown, but they are 100% delicious.

            2. re: pane

              Driven by curiosity, I finally made it out the John Campbell's to try them. To me,they seemed like neither Cantonese dan tat or Portuguese pasteis. They were whiter and creamier than dat tats, but not as dense at the Portuguese version, which they resembled because they were browned on top. The crust seemed like c0nventional pie crust.

              As a side note, I picked up a small loaf of Barm Brack (Irish fruit cake) which my friend who's married to an English bloke said was just like something she had in England, and a sausage roll and a couple of pasties I haven't gotten to yet; I'll report in another thread.

              1. re: Xiao Yang

                Even though the John Campbell's egg custard tart is not here and there, the custard is very smooth and tasty after reheat in the microwave for 20 seconds. The crust is a big disappointment.

                I always like to goto New Dragon Phoenix, when I want more than a couple custard tarts. My family like that it is not as sweet. It is on clement and 19th. right across from the Blue Fin Sushi. A lot of elderies like playing chess in the shop.

          2. Napoleon Super Bakery -- yummmmmmmmmmy dan tat!! There's one on Franklin in Oakland, and another on Stockton in SF/. Enjoy!

            1. I like the ones at Red House Bakery on San Bruno Ave. in SF very much.

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              1. re: Nancy Berry


                Red House Bakery
                2818 San Bruno Ave, San Francisco, CA