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Aug 19, 2013 08:29 PM

New Kam Hing Coffee Shop – One Of The Best Sponge Cakes In Chinatown

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New Kam Hing is an old school Cantonese coffee shop on Baxter Street in Chinatown. It’s really small consisting only of a kitchen and small display counter. It’s a true specialist only offering a handful of items and for many years it’s been known for its great sponge cakes.

It was originally run by an old Cantonese woman, but she decided to retire at one point and I heard it was going to close. However, it appears that the Mexican worker who has worked there forever has taken over and now runs the place (he can speak some Cantonese btw), so it appears that this place will be running for a long time to come hopefully.

Sponge Cake:
There is only one thing to order here and this is it. This is an egg-y sponge cake that will remind you of an egg-y version of angel food cake. The version here is moist, egg-y and quite good. The only version I’ve had in NY that is close to it is Ka Wah, which you can read about here ( While pretty-self-explanatory this is definitely quite good. One thing to note is that they are significantly better when they are freshly baked as opposed to when they have been sitting around (I suggest warming them up in the microwave if you come when they have been sitting around for a while). 8.5/10

Overall, while not a destination spot if you’re in Chinatown during the day this is a great place to pick up a nice light snack.

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  1. Lau--We were stuck in horrendous crosstown traffic on Canal St on Sunday. I made my daughter jump out of the car (don't worry--she's 17) and run down Baxter to get us 3 sponge cakes. She was back before we inched to the corner, the cakes were warm, and our mood was completely transformed! The magic of Kam Hing sponge cake.

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    1. re: Amy Mintzer

      ahhh glad you enjoyed, they are a great snack if u happen to be close to them

    2. Wow... how have I missed this place? I will certainly stop in next time I am in the area. I love sponge cake!

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      1. re: iluvcookies

        its really easy to'll see when u go there, but its been very well known in the chinatown community for many years

        1. re: Lau

          Well I finally got down there this morning and I got a nice hot sponge cake. It was good. Went right back and had a second one.

          If my pants don't fit I am placing all the blame on you :)

          1. re: iluvcookies

            those things are so light and airy, doesnt even feel like you ate anything...glad you enjoyed

      2. I remember the first time I went here and there were a bunch of Hispanic dudes working behind the counter and they were speaking Cantonese! I wonder if the Chinese Hispanic grocery on Eldridge has a similar story...

        but yes they have great sponge cakes.

          1. re: kosmose7

            haha i guess that's a compliment??

            1. re: Lau

              I tried Kam Hing's sponge cake today and it was awesome!
              Even their iced coffee was good.

              Moreover, sponge cake and iced coffee cost only $2.20!
              In New York!!! Wow...
              Thanks for your great information, Lau!!! :)

              1. re: kosmose7

                glad you enjoyed! figured it was a place most people wouldn't notice

          2. I stopped by today on my chinatown food run (roast duck from and doufu hua from Mott) and picked some up - but will wait to put it in the microwave before I have them later on. Thanks for posting about this, I love sponge cakes, haven't had them in forever.

            Great site!

            PS: do you know anything about a dessert in Chinatown (could be Malaysian) that is only made around Mid-Autumn Festival or seasonal? I forgot the details, but will find out more. My friend was telling me about it last year and I'll be keeping an eye out for it next month...

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            1. re: babiemindy

              i assume you're talking about moon cakes? thats what you traditionally eat during mid autumn festival. There are other foods people eat, but mooncakes are the big one. It also depends regionally as different chinese all over china and the world eat some different stuff

              i did a two part tasting on them last year:


              1. re: Lau

                Lol, thanks... I know what mooncakes are (; They are way dense for my taste but I do love the ones with yolk. I usually get one mooncake each year and just spit it with people to observe the "tradition."

                I believe the one I'm referring to is from a traditional dessert shop and may even be served in a bowl... I'll try to find out more from my friend when I see her again.

                1. re: babiemindy

                  haha ok, yah let me know...curious to see what dessert they are talking about

                  1. re: Lau

                    it's a pandan jelly mooncake, have you ever had it?

                    1. re: babiemindy

                      ahhh so in Asia they have a lot of modern mooncakes, all sorts of flavors or things like snowskin mooncakes. I have not had it, but there are tons of things like that. They are just rifts on the traditional mooncake

                      I actually love pandan flavored mooncakes, its my favorite type of mooncake