Of Macau Egg Tarts, Hong Kong Tofu Flower and Black Sesame Puree!

#41

Thanks for the heads up on Hoover!

I wasn’t a fan of cookie crust until i had Tai Cheong’s, very good chain.

#42

Hi @Sgee, @Ns1,

Thanks for the rec on Tai Cheong. :slight_smile: So how vastly different is Tai Cheong’s compared to our local ones like Kee Wah and Jim’s Bakery? (I’d imagine way better.) Thanks!

#43

For amazing Queijada De Nata, one must try Portugal Imports in Artesia.

They have several varieties of Queijada De Nata, from traditional (just like Chinese egg tarts), to things like almond, cinnamon, caramel, and coconut.

Make it a bang-bang, and stop off at Omar’s beforehand for some lamb potstickers and some zha jiang mian.

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#44

Or make it a bang-bang and stop off at the LA County Registrar for an impromptu marriage ceremony (only open until 4pm).

But for serious, thanks for the heads up on this place. I’ve been meaning to head back out there for those great tots at Amor y Tacos.

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#45

Eggier flavor & soft custard. Light cookie crust. I find the one’s here heavy and hard.

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#46

Have you yet tried the ones at Jim’s Bakery? I’ve never been overly impressed with the ones I’d tried previously at other places, but those were pretty awesome.

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#47

That is an essential Artesia Cerritos bangbang I make on a fairly routine basis.

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#48

I went to high school down the block from Portugal Imports, and I just found out about this place until today wtf.

#49

No worries man. Unless one is of Macanese origin, the Portuguese diaspora may be lost upon most Asian Americans ( I happen to have an relative from Macau who told me about Portugal Imports a few years back).

#50

Portugal Imports is a gem. If you give them a 20 minute warning during the week or a morning phone order, they may be able to bake your order fresh so they’re still warm when you arrive. Due to volume, they can’t accommodate this on Saturday. Closed on Sundays.

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#51

Much more expensive than the US ones ?

#52

Probably around the $0.80 to $0.90 mark per tart.

#53

Haven’t tried it but will definitely put it on my list and report back

#54

Update 3:

As we were visiting Sam Woo BBQ, we ended up doing a bang x bang to get some delicious Desserts out in the SGV. :slight_smile:

V P Tofu (Revisit)

Hot Soy Bean Pudding with Ginger Syrup - “Tofu Flower”:

This seriously has to be one of the best bargains for tasty Desserts in the SGV. :slight_smile: V P Tofu’s Tofu Flower is served hot, with the delicate, airy, silky texture of their fresh, Housemade Silken Tofu perfectly matched with a lightly sweet-spiced Ginger Syrup. :blush:

Their Small size is plenty and it’s just $1.50. :slight_smile:

We were bummed they sold out of their Sweet Black Sesame Puree early today (sorry @paranoidgarliclover), which made us really sad (it is so good!). :cry:

V P Tofu’s fresh-made Tofu Flower is still as delicious as always. You can also pick up various size bottles of their fresh, Housemade Soy Milk as well (which tastes of the Soybeans and has a more robust flavor than most of the commercial versions of Soy Milk on the market).

(Cash Only)

V P Tofu
237 S. Garfield Ave.
Monterey Park, CA 91754
Tel: (626) 572-9930

Jim’s Bakery (Revisit)

And just a few minutes away is Jim’s Bakery, so we wanted to see if we could catch them when they released a fresh batch of Egg Tarts.

Egg Tart:

Their standard, traditional Egg Tart is lightly warm, with the cashier saying this batch was made a couple hours earlier. It still tastes fresh and has the familiar, classic Egg Custard taste. :slight_smile:

Po Tart:

This one looked slightly overcooked and was also only barely warm, darn. Like before, their Po Tart is creamier and rounder than the standard Egg Tart, so it depends on which style you like more. When it’s barely warm it tasted just OK compared to the previous visits.

Follow-up visit:

But on a follow-up visit (same time as our last visit to Sam Woo), we arrived around 2:00 p.m. and they just finished a fresh batch of their Po Tarts! :open_mouth: We ordered one immediately.

Po Tart:

It might be hard to see in these photos but the Jim’s Bakery Po Tart was piping hot! It was so fresh out of the oven I had to let it sit and then blow at it a few times to cool it down enough to even bite into it. :slight_smile:

And that first bite…

I can see why @TonyC was so enamored with Jim’s in a post a while back. There’s the fragrant, hot, flaky outer pastry crust, and it gives way to this hot, almost molten, incredible Egg Custardy filling! :heart: Wow! It tasted nothing like the usual Egg Tarts that have sat around a while. It was like eating a piping hot Flan or something with a flaky crush. So good! :blush: This was $1.50 well spent. :wink:

Even when it’s warm, the Egg Tarts are pretty enjoyable, so hopefully you’re able to stop by Jim’s when they make a fresh batch (either first thing in the morning, or throughout the day). Be sure to ask them if they just made a fresh batch. They might have some in the back even if they have a few left up front in the case from a previous batch.

Jim’s Bakery
400 S. Atlantic Blvd., #200
Monterey Park, CA 91754
Tel: (626) 573-5757

Kee Wah Bakery (Monterey Park)

While we usually stop by the Kee Wah Bakery on Valley Blvd., this time we decided to try their Monterey Park location to see if the Egg Tarts were better or worse in comparison.

Signature Crispy Egg Tart:

Kee Wah has 3 types(!) of Egg Tarts, and they were down to a few of their Po Tarts at this location (and they said it had been maybe 3 hours since a batch), so we decided to try their Signature Crispy Egg Tart this time.

This was much more flaky, almost like a variation of the Puff Pastry in a Mille-feuille. The filling was the standard Hong Kong Egg Tart filling, an even, lightly egg-y, lightly sweet filling, but their outer crust was what made it stand out.

One of these days we’ll be able to finally try Kee Wah Bakery’s Egg Tarts when they arrive fresh out of the oven, but until then, even at slightly warm temperatures for $1.60, their Signature Crispy Egg Tarts are a nice way to finish an afternoon in the SGV.

Kee Wah Bakery
729 W Garvey Ave.
Monterey Park, CA 91754
Tel: (626) 281-2680

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#55

Do you have Golden Gate Bakery in SF on your to do list? Still my favorite egg tart of all time

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#56

Hi @JeetKuneBao,

I did, until the last 3 times we went, they were closed. :expressionless: :cry: It was sheer coincidence but it felt like they were going on vacation (extended) just to avoid us visiting! :stuck_out_tongue: :laughing: :frowning: So we gave up.

Also @beefnoguy has been saying it’s not as good as before, so it fell off my list.

#57

Seems like they’ve been on ‘vacation’ since 2014…:grimacing:

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#58

http://www.is-the-golden-gate-bakery-open-today.com

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#59

The fact that someone felt compelled to create this website is all I need to know to refuse spending one red cent at this establishment.

#60

Wow. Wow! I am a huge huge fan of ginger, so much so that I used to make my own fresh ginger syrup for ice cream and to be stirred into tea. To get it on fresh tofu? I’m in!

Fingers crossed we can get the black sesame treat as well.

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