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HK egg tarts in LA?

Suggestions? I got Kee Wah, Phoenix and Diamond Bakery down. I guess there's the dim sum places... but I prefer stand alone joints.

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  1. inb4 "top 10 HK egg tarts in LA"

    1. My favorite is Jim's on Atlantic rught near NBC. I like them better than Diamond's or Phoenix's.

      1. My favorite 蛋挞 (dan taat) is at Lunasia in Alhambra. Very crispy, flaky and always hot and fresh

        1. There are some dim sum places that have nearby stand alone store fronts for takeout orders. Do those qualify as stand alone joints?

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          1. re: raytamsgv

            or just order to go from any dimsum place

          2. Ranch 99

            Nini Bakery

            Dim Sum Express

            Yum Cha Cafe

            Cafe Donut

            ... and every single Chinese bakery in Chinatown.

            - I demand full attribution.

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              We do make Clarissa's day job that much easier, don't we?

              1. re: J.L.

                I would rephrase it as:

                "We do make Clarissa's day job, don't we?"

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Hey look!
                  It's all of our work!


                  I guess it is better because she isn't hiding who she is, but I still feel disgusted that this forum is being used by others to make a living without putting in any effort themselves.
                  Especially when the job just really requires making a thread like this.

                  1. re: Butter Fight

                    At least good Chinese food is getting more publicity.

                    1. re: Butter Fight

                      Yet you chose to reply. Caveat emptor.

                      1. re: Butter Fight

                        see my 1st reply on May 8th, 2013. She didn't even come back to this thread to reply.

                        1. re: ns1

                          You both are right. I didn't know who she was or what her motives were until ipse and J.L. Started talking.
                          I personally was just thinking that you were referencing how many top 10 lists had been posted not that she specifically was involved.
                          Oh well, lesson learned.

                          1. re: ns1

                            Where's your link to the reply ?

                            Just would like to read it.

                            Not pointing any fingers.

                            1. re: kevin

                              I think ns1 is referring to his (her?) first comment on this thread at the top of the page:

                              >>> inb4 "top 10 HK egg tarts in LA"

                              BTW, kevin, it's basically a CH inside joke now: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9035...

                              1. re: kevin

                                Literally, the first reply to this thread:

                                " ns1 May 8, 2013 04:22 AM
                                inb4 "top 10 HK egg tarts in LA""

                                Best Egg Tarts In Los Angeles
                                May 22, 2013 6:00 AM
                                (credit: Clarissa Wei)

                                1. re: ns1

                                  sometimes, i cannot tell if kevin is doing that intentionally or not..

                            2. re: Butter Fight

                              Re Lunasia:  "The best thing about this dim sum place is that everything comes piping hot in OVERSIZED portions." (Emphasis added.)

                              I guess she hasn't been to Lunasia.

                      2. If you mean Macau style egg tarts, the best I've had in L.A. and among the best I've ever had - at least as good as Lord Stow's in Macau - are to be found at Shanghai #1 Seafood in San Gabriel. I imagine you can order them to takeout.

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                        1. re: estone888

                          I agree they're good (tho duno about the macau comparison, i felt that dan/po taats from macau were on a diff level), but takeout would mean they steam themselves in a box for awhile. I feel that dimsum places seem to taste better because of the level of freshness.

                          1. re: estone888

                            I have tried lots and Shanghai #1 Seafood also gets my vote...the best!

                            They are warm, the crust is crispy and not too heavy and the egg mixture is oozing and not overly solidified.

                          2. Wonder Bakery in Chinatown is pretty good.

                            It really should be "Macau style" rather than HK style. The Chinese egg tart is a vamp on the Portugese Pastel de nata. They have those available at Portugese Imports in Artesia.

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                            1. re: SzechuanSoup

                              I think it depends on the bakery/restaurant. Hk style is an evolution of british (cookie/pastry crust) tarts and portugese (soft flaky crust n seared/bruleed top) tarts. Not all chinese egg tarts are done portugese style, and a lot of them (esp outside of macau) mix elements of both. However, places in macau generally stick to the portugese style.. which is why they specifically call them po taat.

                              1. re: blimpbinge

                                Thanks for the "po taat" reference. Never knew.

                                1. re: blimpbinge

                                  Are there any po taat versions in L.A. Chinatown?

                              2. I know your question is specifically for LA, but outside of HK and Sing, I've never had a HK egg tart like I've had at:

                                ABC Bakery in Sacramento

                                They're almost a myth. If you don't get there by the early morning, they're gone. Last time I was there, they were already out at 10:45am and I gawked that three women were in the corner chowing down on their egg tarts, so they begrudgingly handed over two.

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                                1. re: revets2

                                  You should try the version at Golden Gate bakery in SF's Chinatown

                                  1. re: Sgee

                                    Been there done that...a lot actually when I lived in SF walking distance to GG Bakery. ABC's are better by 100 miles.