Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >
Mar 19, 2012 05:06 PM

Savory sweet sponge cake from Tao Hong Bakery in Chinatown 稻香西饼屋

Tao Hong Bakery at 79 Chrystie Street (btw Grand and Hester) has been changing my impression of the pork song sponge cake for the better. Pork song 肉鬆, or soft pork jerky is sort of like bacon bits, but soft, and savory sweet. I'm attaching a picture instead of attempting to describe it. Let's just say, this version has very good proportion of the creamy sauce they use to the kind of song, and the fragrant and amazingly soft, eggy, and cool sponge cake - very easy to eat. When you step into the shop, it's in the top case straight ahead but not too visible.

Their egg tart has been quite the item, too. often sold out, especially delicious fresh out of the oven. The crust is thinner and lighter than my other egg-tart place Kawah bakery ( ( Though I was impressed with Kawah's use of special brown paper cup made from recycled paper the other day. such a small shop, yet much more responsible than those big starbuck chains...but that's another topic


Tao Hong Bakery
79 Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002
Tel: 212 219 0981
Fax: 212 219 0983

Tao Hong Bakery
79 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. hmm looks interesting, will check it out

    1. These are really fantastic dan tat. I found this place by taking a different route. Had I been paying attention to HLing I would have had several more months of great desserts. For me these are the best now in the city.

      3 Replies
      1. re: wewwew

        interesting ill have to give them a try

        i was just in HK and had great dan ta. so my palate is sharpened again, so i remember what things should taste like again...i think my tastes in chinese food start getting dulled a bit when im in the US for a long time

          1. re: wewwew

            it was great, i started posting a few of my meals on the china & southeast asia board, you check them out and you can also see them on my blog

            they'll be a ton of HK posts, then singapore and then a little malaysia