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Jul 29, 2008 07:46 PM

Taro Tarts

I've been searching for taro tarts all over Chinatown in Manhattan! Taro tarts are like egg tarts except taro flavored, not to be confused with the savory fritter type that deep fried. I've gone to Egg Custard King, Fay Da, Taipan, Double Crispy, as well as Golden Dragon Boat Cafe. These bakeries do carry a wide assortment of alternative egg tart flavors but no taro to be found.
Please offer any suggestions if you know any bakeries that carry this item. I'm willing to venture to the outer-buroughs for this. Thanks! :)

P.S. Attached photo is what they look like.

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  1. i wonder if the Filipino bakery in woodside would have it...718 898 1900. Maybe call before you head out. They might be closed on wednesdays, though. I think they call taro "ube".

    The chinese words in your picture seems to suggest that those were taro cheese tarts, by the way.

    Also, not savory, but sweet..the taro balls have popped up in the last few years in many chinese bakeries. i'm not sure what they're called but they are about the size of a golf ball, light purple in color, flaky on the outer layer all around, but softer and moist, like firm mash potatoe consistancy on the inside. If you can't find taro tarts, these might help ease your craving a lttle.

    6 Replies
    1. re: HLing

      Thanks! I'll give that bakery a try.

      1. re: sillynilly28

        oops i didn't give the name of the bakery - Kristal Bakery.

      2. re: HLing

        Taro and ube are separate types of tubers. And while the taste (in dessert-form) is similar, I've never seen ube in tart form. Normally it comes as pudding, jam, ice cream or pastry filling.

        1. re: JungMann

          The "Tart" here isn't the western fruit tart, but more like the Asian egg "tart", where the filling is more pudding/custardy. But you're right i haven't seen it as a flavor for egg tart too widely in the Chinese bakeries. i just thought there might be some in the Filipino bakeries.

          ube i think is the purple taro that Taiwanese and Filipino cuisine like to use. The Taiwanese call it Xian1 Yu2 (fragrant taro), and the Filipino call it Ube.

          1. re: HLing

            I am not certain what xian1 yu2 is, but I know that ube is a form of yam and sweeter and less starchy than taro as we know it in the west. I am familiar with egg tarts, which are not a typically Filipino pastry. One might occasionally find a Portuguese egg tart at a Filipino bakery, but I have certainly never encountered one flavored with ube.

            1. re: JungMann

              sorry i type in haste on a little mobile phone keyboard, it's Xiang1 Yu2, (not Xian1).

              So far the only thing that came up when i googled it in chinese refer to the taro egg tart as a particular restaurant's special dessert. It was in the context of how they no longer make it. This was a place in Wuhan, in China.

              For the record, I'm not saying that the Filipino bakery has it, i'm just trying to help the OP find possible places beside the Chinese that might have it. I wouldn't under estimate the power of just asking for it and putting the idea in the baker's mind, either. From personal experience, i know that to be the best way to get what you want to eat: i went around the Shanghainese restaurants when the soup dumplings were the latest craze and asked for Sheng Jain Bao (these days translated as "Fried Tiny Buns"). Each restaurant gave similar answers, ", sorry..we don't make them...too much trouble.." Well, i don't know how long after that, and it ceretainly wasn't the next day or the next week or even month, but then suddenly, every Shanghainese restaurant i go now have them on the menu. Anyway, going off on a tangent here...

      3. I forgot the name of the bakery, but it is near the intersection of Grand and Bowery, maybe 2 or 3 shops away from the northwest corner. But it is definitely between Bowery and Elizabath, on Grand. I wish I could just give you the name of the shop but my memory is fading. I am pretty sure they used to make taro egg tarts. If they don't have them, try asking for special order. I have ordered several dozens of Taro Buns from them, they were very good. It was the first place I found that made fresh stemmed Taro buns, as I personally dislike the baked buns that most places have. They probably don't make them anymore unless you specifically order them. I hope that helps!

        1. taro is not ube its gabi in filipino. Ahmm Im making taro tart its my product concept.