I know, for a fact, where to get my Canto-style egg tart fix in San Francisco, and I think I now know where to get my egg tart fix in Manhattan.
But what of Los Angeles (and Orange County). I’m sort of at a loss. Lots of places I can go to, and do go to, but nowhere I’ve been, or know of, that makes an egg tart worthy of an extended 20 minute session of Level 15 on the StairMaster.
JJ Bakery is good, and might be my favorite right now, but sometimes the crust can be a bit dense, not flaky.
Kee Wah might be a 1A (or maybe a 1), but their custard sometimes comes out too hard; like sweet scrambled eggs.
Jim’s is second place on my list cuz I think their ratio of egg custard to tart is a bit off. Too much tart, not enough custard; otherwise, good shit.
Lucky Deli has maybe the cheapest egg tarts I’ve seen in LA, and there’s a good reason for that cheapness.
Diamond Bakery lacks that eggy-ness you need and crave in a proper egg tart. A good dash of MSG might help, or maybe stop using shelf-stable powdered egg powder?
85C makes a mochi egg tart, which (even if you like mochi) I would not recommend.
In the clearly “I would much rather eat mooncakes” category are places like Fortune, Cathy’s, and Wonder.
I’ve heard some rumblings about Fun on Food (in Chinatown) but have yet to try them. Any intel here? @chandavkl?
And no, I don’t want to go to a restaurant (like SNo.1, Sea Harbour, Elite, etc.) for an egg tart. Bakeries please. I hate the evil-eye I get from the hostess every time I walk in and ask for an order of egg tarts to go. #SMH
Help me out here, my fellow LAFTs (that’s ***L***os ***A***ngeles ***F***ood ***T**alkers for you newbies). Where in LA/OC do you go to get your favorite quintessential Canto-style egg tart?
*Canto-style egg tarts only please, cuz we all know where to get the best Portuguese egg tarts in SoCal, right?.