Egg tarts are undoubtedly one of the most popular dim sum dishes in Singapore.
For the initiated, there are two types of egg tarts: the first is Hong Kong egg tart, and the second Portuguese egg tart. Hong Kong egg tarts have a smooth and evenly yellow custard filling, while Portuguese ones are partially caramelised and has puffed up, blackened areas.
Hong Kong egg tarts also come in two different varieties of crust: the cookie crust (曲奇皮), which is dense like a pumpkin pie crust, and the flaky crust (酥皮), which is layered and crumbly. On the other hand, Portuguese egg tart crust has a large flake and resembles the outer layers of a croissant.
While all egg tarts are good, not all of them are great. For the best egg tarts that bring you back to those days spent holidaying in Hong Kong and Macau, these are the best 18 that you need to check out:
1. Tong Heng Delicacies
This Cantonese confectionery in Chinatown has been selling egg tarts for 84 years, so there is little reason to doubt that their egg tarts are one of the best you can get in Singapore.
You just need to try one of their diamond-shaped egg tarts to know why they sell almost 4,000 of these daily: the soft and springy egg custard centered in a tasty biscuit melts smoothly in your mouth. The fact that it is priced reasonably at SGD1.90 per egg tart could also explain why it contains to be highly-raved about, even after almost a century.
Address: 285 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058833
Opening Hours: 9AM to 9PM daily
More information: Facebook
2. Madeleine’s Original Portuguese Egg Tart
For those who miss having those famous Portuguese egg tarts from Lord Stow’s Bakery in Macau, head to Madeleine’s in Tanjong Katong for your share of authentic custard tarts at just SGD0.80.
The Portugese egg tart from Madeleine’s is almost similar to a Crème brûlée, with a caramelized top burnt to perfection and a creamy centre you can’t get enough of. The sides are as flaky as a true Portuguese egg tart should have, and the crust crispy enough to have you wanting more of these tarts.
3. Tai Chong Kok Confectionery
You may better know Tai Chong Kok as the go-to bakery for mooncakes, but did you know that they also sell some of the most popular egg tarts in Singapore?
The egg-custard of Tai Chong Kok’s egg tarts are very silky and slightly runny, which go very nicely with the soft, buttery pastry. Going at SGD1.50 per diamond piece, we are pretty sure you’ll buy back a few boxes of these once you try one for yourself.
4. Leung Sang Hong Kong Pastries
Leung Sang Hong Kong Pastries is an old-school confectionery that makes egg tarts so delicious, they keep Singaporeans coming back for a taste of this again and again. The egg custard is a little less yellow than those you find from other shops, but no less delicious – in fact, you will love how silky, creamy and sweet these are!
Besides the traditional Hong Kong egg tarts, they also have Western-style egg tarts which come in a slightly harder shell, but are just as tasty. Both retail at SGD1.30 per piece.
Address: 18 Jln Membina, #01-06, Singapore 164018
Opening Hours: 7.30AM to 7.30PM (Mon-Sat), 7.30AM to 4.30PM (Sun)
5. Hong Kong Flaky Lotus
Craving for an afternoon snack on a dreary afternoon at work? You don’t necessarily have to head to the heartlands to find delightful egg tarts.
Hong Kong Flaky Lotus was founded by a Hong Kong immigrant family who dreams of bringing familiar Hong Kong staples and street favorites to Singapore. They have shops in both Tanjong Pagar and Alexandra Technopark, making it easier to satisfy your egg tart cravings even when you are in the CBD.
Their Hong Kong egg tarts are of the flaky crust variant, with a sweet and smooth egg custard filling in the middle. It’s SGD1.30 for one tart – though we’re pretty sure you won’t be buying just one of these tarts!
Addresess: 12 Gopeng St, #01-89/90, Singapore 078877
438B Alexandra Road #01-11 Alexandra Technopark, Singapore 119968, Singapore
Opening Hours: 7AM to 7PM (Mon to Fri), 8AM to 5PM (Sat), Closed on Sun
More information: Website, Facebook
6. Balmoral Bakery
This unassuming HDB bakery has been around for more than four decades, and still remains a favourite of many loyal customers today.
While other bakeries and confectioneries serve egg tarts with more ‘solid’ egg custard fillings, Balmoral Bakery’s egg tarts have a more watery consistency that slides down your throat easily. You will also find that the tarts are taller than those from other stores – more delicious egg custard, anyone?
7. Ng Kim Lee Confectionery
For a trip back to the past, you have to visit this family-run confectionery in Bukit Timah. Ng Kim Lee dates back 55 years, and you can find traces of the good old days with its retro-tiled floor and antique cabinets.
Most importantly, its egg tarts have remained just as palatable as they did since decades ago. The Hong Kong egg tart is described as a semi-sweet egg custard encased in a buttery tart, some fans even claim that these will ‘send you right back when you were getting a treat from grandma’s latest batch’! If you are looking for the Portuguese variant, you can also find them at this bakery.
The egg tarts at Ng Kim Lee are often sold out early, so you have to be quick if you want to try out these tarts that go at them.
Address: 4 Chun Tin Rd, Singapore 599591
Opening Hours: 9AM to 9.30PM (Mon to Sat), 9.30AM to 1PM (Sun)
8. Tiong Bahru Galicier Pastry
For an interesting take on an otherwise normal egg tart, Tiong Bahru Galicier Pastry’s offerings will certainly satisfy. Its Hong Kong egg tarts have a crumbly but moist texture, which encases its gelatinous yellow filling.
At just SGD0.90 per tart, we can definitely see why it is difficult to resist coming back for more of this comforting treat.
Address: Blk 55 Tiong Bahru Rd, #01-39, 160055
Opening Hours: 10AM to 8.30PM daily
9. Tai Cheong Bakery
Those who have tried Tai Cheong’s egg tarts in Hong Kong would know – this is the real deal. This bakery’s egg tarts are said to be ranked number one by even the locals themselves.
If you prefer your Hong Kong egg tart with a cookie crust, you’ll definitely love these. In fact, Tai Cheong is the pioneer of cookie-crust egg tarts, so it’s little wonder that they do their crusts so well. Each egg tart comes with a fragrant butter crust, which tastes even more heavenly when you eat it with the light, smooth custard that melts easily in your mouth.
At SGD1.90 per tart, we think it’s a small price to pay for a slice of authentic Hong Kong goodness.
Address: 31 Lor Liput, Singapore 277742
391 Orchard Road #B2 Takashimaya Food Hall, Singapore 238872
Opening Hours: 10AM to 10PM (Mon to Fri), 9AM to 10PM (Sat and Sun)
More information: Website, Facebook
10. Canton Paradise
The next time you have a family dinner at this Cantonese restaurant, remember to order a plate of their signature egg tarts, priced at SGD4.20 for a plate of three. The velvety custard with soft, flaky crust makes for an amazing combination that you’ll never forget.
The only problem? If you have a family of four, you may end up fighting tooth and nail over who gets to enjoy this mouth-watering pastry!
Portuguese egg tarts were brought to Macau by the Portuguese, so it is little wonder that one of the best egg tarts you can find in Singapore is from none other than a Portuguese restaurant.
However, this Authentic Portuguese Tart is much rarer than you expect – the chefs at BOCA only produce 20 pieces of these egg tarts per day, so you have to make a reservation for this! At SGD4.50, it is pricier than the other ones featured in this article, but as all those who have tried this can testify, this Portuguese egg tart is certainly worth every cent.
A creamy egg custard is baked in a flaky puff pastry, then finished off in the broiler for the signature subtly-charred surface. The finishing touch — cinnamon powder and icing sugar dusted on the tart is what truly distinguishes this from the crowd.
Address: 8 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069788
Opening Hours: 12PM to 12AM daily
12. 8 Tarts n Pastries
This halal bakery traces its roots back to Hong Kong, and has opened a few outlets island-wide since it first opened shop in Jurong, because its egg tarts are just so well-loved by customers.
All the egg tarts are made without lard, therefore they do not have the lardy oily taste that some egg tarts have. Those who do not like their pastries to be overly sweet will also love how smooth and light this version is.
These egg tarts go at SGD1.50 per piece.
13. Da Sheng Hong Kong Pastry
If someone tells you that you shouldn’t be eating egg tarts so often due to health reasons, you can introduce him or her to Da Sheng Hong Kong Pastry.
Since 2002, this long-standing pastry franchise focuses on dishing out authentic, traditional Asian pastries made with less sugar, fat, and cholesterol. At just SGD1.70, you can afford to eat this egg tart more often – both from your wallet and your diet’s perspective.
Address: 36 Sago St, Singapore 059027
Opening Hours: 10AM to 6PM daily
More information: Facebook
14. Pak Kung Cafe and Bakery (Legendary Hong Kong)
Pak Kung Cafe and Bakery uses specially-imported ingredients from Hong Kong to craft one of the most authentic Hong Kong egg tarts you can find on our shores. The crust is crumbly without being too soft, and the egg custard sweet and smooth.
Three of these small tarts go for SGD4.30, but if you want something truly satisfying for yourself, you can opt for the big ones at SGD2 each.
Address: 63 Jurong West Central 3, Provisional Unit #03-80, Jurong Point 2 Shopping Centre, Singapore 648331
Opening Hours: 11AM to 10PM (Mon to Fri), 10AM to 10PM (Sat and Sun)
More information: Website
15. Honolulu Cafe
The egg tarts from this famous Hong Kong cafe used to sell out within just two hours of opening – proof that this is one mean contender in the egg tart industry. The cafe has over 70 years of history under its belt, and its recipe is so popular that rumour has it that many other popular egg tart cafes had tried to replicate it for themselves.
What makes this egg tart unique is its dough that is frozen overnight and folded into 192 layers to achieve a crispy and flaky shell. The strong buttery fragrance is apparent, thanks to the fact that all the egg tarts are baked freshly everyday. For those interested in buying these, take note that the egg tarts cost SGD1.70 each.
Address: #01-33 F/G, 176 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238843
#02-06 Westgate Mall, Westgate, 608532, 3 Gateway Dr
Opening Hours: 8AM to 10PM daily
More information: Facebook
16. Crystal Jade Kitchen
Some online reviews stated that they are disappointed with the egg tarts sold at Crystal Jade My Bread, but the Crystal Jade restaurant seems to have a more delightful offering, in the form of these mini egg tarts. There is nothing better than satisfying your sweet tooth after a hearty meal, and these light pastries are easy to pop into your mouth. You’ll love how the sweet taste of these tarts isn’t too cloying.
A plate of three goes for SGD4.80 – but why stop at just three, right?
17. Dona Manis Cake Shop
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Located in the basement of Katong Shopping Centre, Dona Manis Cake Shop has won the hearts of customers with its delectable pastries over the years. Most may know if for its banana pie, but this shop’s egg tarts are also not to be missed.
If you love an egg tart that’s smooth and easy on the palate, look no further than this old-school cake shop. The silky soft yellow custard is held together by a soft, buttery crust that crumbles with each bite.
Address: 865 Mountbatten Road, B1-93, Katong Shopping Centre, 437844
Opening Hours: 10.30AM to 5PM (Mon to Sat), Closed on Sun
More information: Facebook
18. Tim Ho Wan
You can never go wrong with egg tarts at Michelin-starred Tim Ho Wan, who proudly lauds itself as Hong Kong’s most famous dim sum.
The next time you pay a visit to the restaurant, aside from the famous Char Siew Buns, remember to order a plate of these bite-sized pastries. The sweet filling makes for the perfect dessert after you savour the oilier dishes like carrot cake. This plate of goodness costs SGD4.80 for three. Yes, you can eat all three by yourself if you really want to – nobody’s judging.
In comparison to the other shops on this list, KFC seems to be a surprising addition. After all, who would expect to eat traditional Cantonese pastries in a Western fast-food restaurant?
Before you dismiss this, let us explain. KFC actually got their recipe for Portuguese egg tarts from none other than Margaret Wong, the ex-wife of Andrew “Lord” Stow (yes, the famous Macau shop) and owner of Café e Nata. That could explain why the fast-food chain has actually produced Portuguese egg tarts that a lot of people cannot resist.
For SGD1.30, you can get one of these egg tarts that taste almost like the ones in Macau, without actually flying there. A win-win situation? Definitely.