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

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Lau Aug 19, 2013 08:29 PM

**For full post and text**: https://www.lauhound.com/2013/08/new-kam-hing-coffee-shop-one-of-the-best-sponge-cakes-in-chinatown/

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 (https://www.lauhound.com/2010/12/ka-w...). 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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    Amy Mintzer Aug 21, 2013 10:27 AM

    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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      Lau Aug 21, 2013 04:38 PM

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

    2. iluvcookies Aug 21, 2013 10:47 AM

      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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        Lau Aug 21, 2013 04:38 PM

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

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          iluvcookies Sep 1, 2013 05:48 PM

          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 :)

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            Lau Sep 2, 2013 08:26 AM

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

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        pravit Aug 23, 2013 09:03 PM

        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. kosmose7 Aug 23, 2013 09:16 PM

          Zagat seems to like your recommendation, Lau! LOL

          http://www.zagat.com/b/new-york-city/...

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            Lau Aug 23, 2013 10:50 PM

            haha i guess that's a compliment??

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              kosmose7 Aug 24, 2013 06:23 PM

              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!!! :)

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                Lau Aug 25, 2013 01:37 AM

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

          2. babiemindy Aug 29, 2013 01:03 PM

            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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              Lau Aug 29, 2013 02:11 PM

              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:
              https://www.lauhound.com/2012/09/mid-autumn-festival-its-time-for-mooncakes-a-taste-test-of-local-mooncakes/

              https://www.lauhound.com/2012/10/mid-...

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                babiemindy Aug 29, 2013 02:41 PM

                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.

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                  Lau Aug 29, 2013 02:50 PM

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

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                    babiemindy Sep 6, 2013 12:32 PM

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

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                      Lau Sep 6, 2013 03:18 PM

                      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

            2. thesu Aug 29, 2013 01:31 PM

              Great pics. I went to Ka Wah on your rec for the egg custard tart, old wife cake, and sponge cake. I've never been impressed with sponge cake (I like dense American cakes). Maybe I'm not a sponge cake person, or maybe I should give it one more try?

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                Lau Aug 29, 2013 02:14 PM

                you may not like sponge cake if you like dense cakes bc sponge cake is basically very airy, moist and egg-y. The closest american cake to it would be angel food cake, which if you don't like then you probably won't like this.

                I'd give it one more try at New Kam Hing, but as I said make sure its warm. I think they may have a microwave there so you could even ask them to put it in the microwave for 10 secs for u. It's much much better when its warm

              2. kosmose7 Oct 20, 2013 01:41 PM

                They now have chocolate chip sponge cake!

                 
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                  Lau Oct 20, 2013 05:49 PM

                  oh yah? how was it?

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                    kosmose7 Oct 20, 2013 05:52 PM

                    Good of course!!! :)

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                      Lau Oct 20, 2013 05:57 PM

                      awesome

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