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HK egg tarts in LA?

ClarissaW May 8, 2013 11:16 AM

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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    ns1 RE: ClarissaW May 8, 2013 11:22 AM

    inb4 "top 10 HK egg tarts in LA"

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      Butter Fight RE: ClarissaW May 8, 2013 12:13 PM

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

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        Ernie RE: ClarissaW May 8, 2013 12:28 PM

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

        1. raytamsgv RE: ClarissaW May 8, 2013 02:06 PM

          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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            blimpbinge RE: raytamsgv May 8, 2013 02:33 PM

            or just order to go from any dimsum place

          2. ipsedixit RE: ClarissaW May 8, 2013 07:53 PM

            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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              J.L. RE: ipsedixit May 8, 2013 11:53 PM

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

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                ipsedixit RE: J.L. May 9, 2013 07:49 AM

                I would rephrase it as:

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

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                  Butter Fight RE: ipsedixit May 23, 2013 06:33 PM

                  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.

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                    raytamsgv RE: Butter Fight May 24, 2013 10:36 AM

                    At least good Chinese food is getting more publicity.

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                      TonyC RE: Butter Fight May 24, 2013 10:49 AM

                      Yet you chose to reply. Caveat emptor.

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                        ns1 RE: Butter Fight May 24, 2013 10:51 AM

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

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                          Butter Fight RE: ns1 May 24, 2013 12:15 PM

                          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.

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                            kevin RE: ns1 May 31, 2013 04:34 PM

                            Where's your link to the reply ?

                            Just would like to read it.

                            Not pointing any fingers.

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                              PeterCC RE: kevin May 31, 2013 04:46 PM

                              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...

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                                ns1 RE: kevin May 31, 2013 04:48 PM

                                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)

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                                  blimpbinge RE: ns1 May 31, 2013 05:09 PM

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

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                                    PeterCC RE: blimpbinge May 31, 2013 05:10 PM


                            2. re: Butter Fight
                              pley RE: Butter Fight May 26, 2013 12:06 AM

                              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.

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                        estone888 RE: ClarissaW May 9, 2013 12:26 PM

                        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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                          blimpbinge RE: estone888 May 9, 2013 12:40 PM

                          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.

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                            estone888 RE: blimpbinge May 9, 2013 02:32 PM

                            Good point.

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                            liu RE: estone888 May 24, 2013 04:02 PM

                            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.

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                            SzechuanSoup RE: ClarissaW May 10, 2013 03:45 PM

                            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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                              blimpbinge RE: SzechuanSoup May 10, 2013 04:15 PM

                              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.

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                                Galen RE: blimpbinge May 13, 2013 05:42 PM

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

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                                  Galen RE: blimpbinge May 13, 2013 10:18 PM

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

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                                revets2 RE: ClarissaW May 13, 2013 02:43 PM

                                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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                                  Sgee RE: revets2 May 13, 2013 07:39 PM

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

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                                    revets2 RE: Sgee May 13, 2013 10:56 PM

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

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