You see this. A bakery with 1644 reviews boasting 4.5 stars all lauding the yummy deliciousness of egg tarts.
And then what happens?
You go! (Or at least I did) :)
There are only 3 people in the family who like egg tarts and we were originally going to purchase exactly 3 egg tarts. After waiting in line though (45 min today), and seeing ALL the people coming out with multiple dozens, we quickly reassessed. Once we got in the bakery, we loaded up and ordered: a dozen egg tarts, a few coconut tarts, a roll cake, a slice of chocolate roll cake, some egg custard cakes and an apple roll. And though our original plan of 3 egg tarts for $4 ($1.35 each or $16 per dozen) turned into a $40 bakery fix, all concerns were melted away once we took our first taste of an egg tart.
I've had many an egg tart (from NY, Chicago, SF, LA, HK, etc.) and this ranks among the best. Ever. Flaky, buttery crust with golden brown, crispy edges and jiggly, sweet but not too sweet, eggy filling (the consistency of panna cotta). It is perfection. Worth the wait in line and worth the price.
The other cakes we ordered are very good - light, fluffy consistency and beautifully made, but the star of the show is definitely the egg tart.
Golden Gate Bakery Egg Tarts
Flaky crust and a generous, delicious filling
See how thin the crust is at the bottom? The tart actually sags from the weight of the filling and it is SO GOOD.
We then passed by a bakery with this sign:
Naturally, we bought it:
Natural Chestnut Cake
Mom is a huge chestnut fan and often reminisces of the chunky chestnut cakes she had as a little girl in Hong Kong. She then gloomily sighs and says they don't make cakes like that anymore (most places now use a chestnut paste rather than actual chunks). She practically giggled with glee when we got her this :)
Milk Tea Ice Cream
And hello! We will back to try this!
Hainan Chicken w/ Rice
This is my husband's favorite dish. I myself am a lazy Asian and prefer chicken that is de-boned and de-skinned if it's not fried.
Hong Kong-style Milk Tea
Has a stronger tea flavor than regular milk tea - very yummy!
Beef with Eggs on Rice
Beef was super tender and flavorful.
Don't remember the official name of this, but Mom calls it "e-meen" so E Noodles?
The best dish of the bunch ordered by our 3-year-old son.
Needless to say, we left Chinatown holding our very full (and happy) bellies.