Take comfort in these old-school egg tarts
My mum used to let me choose my own breakfast whenever we went to a neighbourhood bakery. A sweeping glance always stopped me at the glassy yellow custards cocooned in shortcrust pastry. They made me burn with desire and I was a die-hard fan of biscuit-based egg tarts for the longest time. Recently, the multi-layered flaky crust version has also wormed its way into my heart. But whichever side you’re on, this list of 10 places selling old-school egg tarts at under $2 per piece won’t disappoint.
1. Leung Sang Hong Kong Pastries
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At Tiong Bahru MRT Station, I like to turn away from Tiong Bahru Plaza to the less updated side, because there nestles Leung Sang Hong Kong Pastries. Their Leung Sang Egg Tarts ($1.40), which I much prefer, has a puffier and flakier crust that turns into creaminess as I chew. This is in comparison to their Western Egg Tarts ($1.40), which sit on a firm base. I like devouring the whole thing right outside the shop to add to the nostalgic vibes.
Address: 18 Jalan Membina, #01-06, Singapore 164018
Opening hours: Daily 7:30am to 10:30pm
Tel: 6271 6056
2. Tiong Bahru Galicier Bakery
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Exercise restraint at Tiong Bahru Galicier Bakery, as there’s a huge selection of raved-about Nyonya kueh to shake up cake time. I love their ondeh ondeh ($0.60); eating it is like biting into a mochi that explodes with sweet gula melaka. Not to be cast aside are their egg tarts ($0.90). With a light and delicate custard, and crumbly but moist crust, it’s delectable and the cheapest find on this list.
Address: Blk 55 Tiong Bahru Road, #01-39, Singapore 160055
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 8pm
Tel: 6324 1686
3. Tai Chong Kok
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83-year-old Tai Chong Kok started out selling traditional lotus mooncakes, before they decided to venture into egg tarts. Easy to hold and box thanks to its diamond shape, the egg tarts ($1.50) have a biscuit-like texture with a buttery base, which complements its slightly runny custard. They also sell round coconut tarts ($1.60), each decorated with a large cross, that are baked till firm.
4. Dona Manis Cake Shop
Located in Katong Shopping Centre, Dona Manis Cake Shop is almost like a relic of ‘90s bakeries. A buttery aroma rushes to you from the inconspicuous shop, which sells pastries such as chocolate tarts ($4.50 for five pieces) and their famed scrumptious banana pies ($2.50 per slice, $25 for a whole pie). Be gentle with each egg tart ($2.50 for two pieces), as you sink your teeth into its silky soft filling, held together by a delicate buttery crust that crumbles with each bite.
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Address: 865 Mountbatten Road, #B1-93, Katong Shopping Centre, Singapore 437844
Opening hours: Mon 9am to 5pm, Tue-Sat 9:30am to 6pm
Tel: 6440 7688
5. Tai Cheong Bakery
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The first time I tried to get an egg tart ($1.90) from Tai Cheong Bakery at Takashimaya, I joined the queue at its halfway point, not realising that the second half continued outside the food hall. The endless line screams volumes about this powerhouse that’s known as one of Hong Kong’s bests. A strong buttery scent exudes from its crust, with a hint of saltiness that balance its sweet and firm pudding centre. What makes this gold is its wonderfully fresh taste. Last November, they launched a Singapore-exclusive pandan egg tart ($2) that’s only available at Takashimaya.
6. Ng Kim Lee
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A zebra crossing away from Beauty World MRT Station is a traditional Chinese-style black board with a golden inscription of Ng Kim Lee. There are assorted flavours of starry-shaped muffins at $0.60 a pop, but I can’t stray from adding on their egg tarts. Placed right beside the cashier, the rows of old-school egg tarts ($1) and Portuguese egg tarts ($1.20) have a crust that’s a pale shade of brown. A fragrant eggy scent envelops you as you take in the first bite.
Address: 4 Chun Tin Road, Singapore 599591
Opening hours: Daily 9am to 9pm
Tel: 6466 3515
7. Balmoral Bakery
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Balmoral Bakery offers a throwback to 1965, with baked goods piped with buttercream sold in paper boxes featuring a vintage red print. They only sell egg tarts ($1.40) on weekends, but if you’re itching for some before then, you can call in two days prior to place advanced orders for at least a box of nine. Their custard is slightly more runny but the crust is relatively firm. Add on a cream horn ($1.40) which is now a rare gem to find, as well as their much raved-about Beef Pies ($2 each).
Address: 105 Clementi Road Street 12, #01-06, Sunset Way, Singapore 120105
Opening hours: Daily 8:30am to 8pm
Tel: 6779 2064
8. Chin Mee Chin Confectionery
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Chin Mee Chin Confectionery whisks us back to the ’70s. Their marble tables, wooden chairs, and mosaic tiles elicit a sense of nostalgia, as you tuck into their traditional breakfast set ($4) that consists of a hot cuppa, half-boiled eggs, and their famous kaya toast. I can’t dismiss their old-school egg tart ($1) when I see one, but I’d push you to get the tastier Portuguese egg tart ($1.20) over the regular.
Address: 204 East Coast Road, Singapore 428903
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8:30am to 4pm
Tel: 6345 0419
9. Da Sheng Hong Kong Pastry
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Drop into Da Sheng Hong Kong Pastry around half an hour after they open to pick up some freshly baked egg tarts ($1). The generous custard is less sweet than most and makes up for their thick, flaky crust that’s slightly dry. They also sell a few classic pastries including a signature Lotus Paste Salted Egg Yolk Pastry ($1.80), which has a rich and smooth filling that comes in a good ratio to its pastry that flakes apart once you bite into it.
Address: 36 Sago Street, Singapore 059027
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 6pm
Tel: 6224 6287
10. Tong Heng
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Tong Heng is my most familiar remedy to treat a bad bout of blues; cracking into its flaky and crusty shell brings me waves of comfort. Their diamond-shaped egg tart ($1.70) has a velvety-soft pudding that’s contrasted by the hard but thin pastry. The wobbly custard is also sweeter than most egg tarts. Maybe it’s the design of their pastry, but it feels like Tong Heng doesn’t skimp on their filling. My default there though is their coconut egg tart ($1.90), which is a few notches sweeter, simply because I love the fibrous texture the crunchy coconut shreds add to the egg custard.
Address: 285 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058833
Opening hours: Daily 9am to 10pm
Tel: 6223 3649
Old-school egg tarts that are gold
The gold standard for egg tarts demands prominent egg fragrance from a silky custard, and a pastry that lets its sweetness and texture shine. But the real secret to making them the bomb lies in the temperature. Pop them into the oven to toast to the limit, just before they get burnt, so the crust becomes crisp and crumbly, with an egg custard that warms your belly. For more sweet treats, visit these famous Chinese dessert stores or takeaway some modern Peranakan kueh for cake time!