Recipes for egg tarts found online often have the name Tai Cheong embedded, testament to the fame and popularity of the original one. I believe there are already more than 10 branches in HK (Macau included), but the original one is nested in Lyndhurst Terrace.
Egg Tart HK$5.00 (~S$0.80)
The shimmering bright yellow egg custard was really eye-catching. I agree with most people that the egg tart was delightful, although I wouldn't say it was exceptional. Yes, the egg custard was sweet and smooth as silk, but the crust was too crumbly to be entirely enjoyable. Also, I didn't find the crust to be very buttery.
Pika's advice: For the reason mentioned above, I don't really like warm egg tarts. I don't know if it's just me, but putting the egg tarts in the refrigerator for a while after they've cooled down gave rise to firm crust without really reducing the degree of flakiness. Try it! :) Anyway, above is the picture of the one from the fridge!
Coconut Tart HK$5.50 (~S$0.90)
Besides the egg tarts, the row of coconut tarts also enticed me. Of course I had to try one. The coconut tart as a whole was pretty firm and flaky as well. The tart was full of grated coconut which was irresistible with its slightly crunchy texture, and it wasn't cloyingly sweet.
Chicken Pie HK$8.00 (~S$1.30)
In my opinion, the chicken pie was the champion of the day! I'll show you the picture of the inside below.
I found not only chicken meat, but also chicken ham, mushroom and green peas (which seemed to be fresh ones), encased in creamy sauce which resulted in delicious ragout, unlike many of the ragout-filled stuff in Indonesia which are way too sweet. Again, the pie itself was pretty firm and crumbly, and the slightly salty taste complemented the ragout well.
I was lucky the other day since the queue wasn't too long; probably because I went there during the weekdays. Even though I've implied that the adjective 'unparalleled' may not fit the egg tarts, I'll still recommend them! :D
Tai Cheong Bakery
35 Lyndhurst Terrace
(Mon-Sat: 7.30am - 9.00pm; Sun: 8.30am - 9.00pm)
*Prices quoted are nett prices.
Have a nice meal,