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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Hunting for Easter Egg...Tarts


Paris Bakery & Pastry
654 Lansdowne Ave
Cantanhede O Bairradino
vs.

Macau tarts!
Summer is coming!! (I'm pretending that the freakish snow on Sunday did not happen) While anticipating about the hot, sticky weather that's to come I am reminded of my last trip to Asia. Regardless of the heat, I found myself chowing down on steaming bowls of dumplings, spicy skewers and egg tarts! Yum! They were everywhere in Macau. So in between random casino runs and massive buffets, fresh egg tarts were crammed throughout our stay - literally. 
There are different kinds of egg tarts - which do you prefer? I've tried Hong Kong-ese* and Portuguese - I prefer it when the custard is less eggy and more sweet...and a brûlée'd top  is always a bonus


*My friend uses Honky - is that awkward? So different than the North American slang 


Anyways, Miss I. and I went on a little hunt for Egg Tarts in Toronto. I say little because we pretty much crossed the street from one place to another, but a hunt is a hunt! We hopped over to Cantanhede O Bairradino first:


I didn't like the crust so much, but it was cold. Wanting to give them a chance, the other was packed up and we headed to Paris as it is just around the corner...



We took a few to go and after a quick pop in the toaster oven they were ready for the Egg Tart Debate.


The Paris egg tart's crust was far better - the crust was much flakier. I preferred the filling too - it was sweeter and more savoury! \


Even after toasting it, the Cantahede Egg Tart's crust was still too chewy for my liking.


The Chinese bakery on Baldwin used to make very eggy-egg tarts but they haven't opened their doors for a long long time. What ever happened to them?



Egg Tart Escapades!


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7 comments:

kiki's B.F.F said...

So you are looking for Portugese Egg Tart not the regular ones, right?

The real portugese one will never be like the one like in Macau... for the Macau version, you'll have to stick to HK style bakery....

Erin said...

Mmm...the magic of the Macau tarts come with the atmosphere. In general I like the sweet custardy tarts with a flakey curst. In fact, I've had a bunch of mini ones from a bakery way out in the East end (for the life of me I can't remember the name) - so good!

Ana Raquel said...

Erin, I'm actually in Canada right now, lol, taking a little time to relax ... however, if you're ever in Portugal I have the place for you. I was never a fan of the the egg tart aka natas or pasteis de Belem (in portuguese) until I had one at this little bakery. The pastry shell is light and flaky and the custard is just perfect and slightly gooey (mmm). Often you can catch a fresh warm batch right out of the oven, served with some cinnamon and a nice strong espresso - yum!

Happy food travels!

Chris said...

Honky? lmao Oh man. I'm not sure us Hong-Kongnese even know that word refers to us!!

Mmmmmmm.. Macau tarts! No one does it matter.

leigh anne said...

i love egg tarts. i have a craving for one right now. thanks a lot!

leigh anne said...

i love egg tarts. i have a craving for one right now. thanks a lot!

kiki's B.F.F said...

So you are looking for Portugese Egg Tart not the regular ones, right?

The real portugese one will never be like the one like in Macau... for the Macau version, you'll have to stick to HK style bakery....

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