Top 10 Best Egg Tarts in Singapore [2021 Edition]
Every bite of egg tart is rich with nostalgia. The sweet yellow custard, the crisp tart, the warm fragrance that wafts out of the paper box; even the thought of it sends me into a reverie of memories back in time. And here at Tropika Club, it’s been a sentimental few hours as we chose our Top 10 Best Egg Tarts in Singapore.
Believed to originate from Guangzhou, this beloved pastry is thought to be a cross between the Cantonese steam egg pudding and the English custard, a culinary invention against the backdrop of increasing trade between the Chinese city and Britain. Today, there are many a bakery that churns out this custardy goodness, here are some of the best in town!
These are Tropika Club’s very own aggregated rankings, or ‘rankings of rankings’. We collect information from a variety of sources to ascertain the final rankings here. This is further refined through consulting the TripAdvisor rankings to decide the position of the choices here when there’s a tie.
Table of Contents
- 1. Tong Heng Delicacies
- 2. Leong Sang Hong Kong Pastries
- 3. Tai Cheong Bakery
- 4. 8 Tarts n Pastries
- 5. Madeleine’s Original Portuguese Egg Tart
- 6. Tiong Bahru Galicier Pastry
- 7. Da Sheng Hong Kong Pastry
- 8. Crystal Jade Kitchen
- 9. Tai Chong Kok Confectionery
- 10. Ng Kim Lee Confectionery
- 11. Honolulu Café
- 12. Dona Manis Cake Shop
- 13. The Imperial Treasure
- 14. Canton Paradise
- 15. Song Garden
1. Tong Heng Delicacies
Introduction: Established in 1910, Tong Heng aims to deliver pastry products that reinvigorate traditions lost in the chase in modern flavours. Their products will always warm the heart of customers in every special or ordinary occasion.
The quest to create the ideal oriental pastry began in the imperial courts of the Qing dynasty in the nineteen’s century. After generations of perfection, this prized family legacy that hailed from Guangdong, China, found its way to the Nan Yang (the Far East of Asia). Thanks to the courage and foresight of the founder – Mr Fong Chee Heng. Arriving on Singapore soil in the early 1900s, Mr Fong was overwhelmed with hope and joy when he saw limitless opportunities in this thriving seaport. From that moment, he found his aspirations for “dong xing” or Tong Heng (translated as the “Prosperity of the East”) would be a dream come true.
From humble beginnings of operating out of a pushcart stall for over two decades selling coffee & toast, the business gathered momentum and eventually found a home in a shop-house at No.33 Smith Street in the 1930s. With the opening of the new shop, the founder introduced a wide range of pastries and desserts. The rest, as they say, is history.
Offerings: Old-school bakery Tong Heng has been around since Singapore’s colonial days and is renowned for their iconic diamond-shaped egg tarts; slightly flaky crust encasing a wobbly pure egg custard (S$1.40). Definitely one of the most popular egg tarts in Singapore.
Location: 285 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058833
Contact: +65 6223 3649
2. Leong Sang Hong Kong Pastries
Introduction: Leong Sang Hong Kong Pastries offers some of the best Chinese and Cantonese delights in Singapore. They offer a variety of pastries which are perfect for a quick bite. Without sacrificing quality, Leong Sang Hong Kong Pastries makes one of the most enjoyable and tasty snacks at affordable prices. They make sure that the colours, flavours and textures are perfect for every palate.
Offerings: Flaky crust egg tart – Leung Sang Hong Kong Pastries’ amazingly buttery flaky egg tarts (S$1.30 each) are incredibly addictive. The egg custard boasts a distinct pastel yellow shade and is creamy, silky and sweet. Hands down one of the best egg tarts you can find in Singapore.
Location: 18 Jln Membina, #01-06, Singapore 164018
Contact: +65 6271 6056
3. Tai Cheong Bakery
Introduction: Tai Cheong Bakery is originally a reputable institution from Hong Kong. The bakery started in 1954 by egg tart Master Au Yeung’s uncle, who later handed down the business to Au Yeung. After taking over Tai Cheong Bakery, Au Yeung pioneered the cookie crust for egg tarts, refining several other recipes using techniques he learned from his previous work baking cakes in a hotel. Tai Cheong gained popularity with locals and foreigners alike, reaching its peak when Chris Patten (the then governor of Hong Kong) started frequenting the original outlet at Lyndhurst Street. The popularity of Tai Cheong still endures.
Tai Cheong Bakery Singapore was opened in conjunction with Food People Pte Ltd and Tai Cheong Bakery Hong Kong. Tai Cheong Bakery started in Singapore as a series of small pop-up stores in Takashimaya in March & May 2016, subsequently opening its first permanent store in Takashimaya basement in July 2016. Following its success, Tai Cheong Bakery opened a Cha Chaan Tang at Holland Village in November 2016.
Offerings: Their egg tarts are exactly as irresistible as the ones marketed across their 14 outlets in Hong Kong. Instead of the usual flaky case, Tai Cheong’s egg tarts come in a hard shell.
Location: #B1-58, Raffles City Shopping Center, 252 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179103
Contact: +65 8939 1954
4. 8 Tarts n Pastries
Introduction: 8 Tarts n Pastries has its origins from the traditions of local, handcrafted Hong Kong pastries, but they have evolved beyond that since 2002. Now, the shop is even Halal-certified.
Despite pressures from modernising their production process, they refuse to run their production from a factory, freshly baking their pastries at their outlets. And they choose healthier ingredients too, avoiding preservatives, pork and lard. Instead, they use premium 100% vegetable oil for their pastries.
Offerings: Their Egg Tarts comes with a semi-flaky, slightly crisp tart crust that shatters easily when you bite. To top it off, the wobbly egg custard comes with just the right sweetness.
Location: 4 Tampines Central 5, Singapore 529510
Contact: +65 6782 1972
5. Madeleine’s Original Portuguese Egg Tart
Introduction: This homegrown venture has been manufacturing, retailing, and supplying their Original Portuguese Egg Tart since 1998, which is made with original recipes from Macau.
Offerings: Their Original Portuguese Egg Tart comes in Mini-Sized too! You know what they say – good things come in small packages too.
Location: 198 Tanjong Katong Rd, Singapore 436997 d
Contact: +65 6247 9363
6. Tiong Bahru Galicier Pastry
Introduction: Tiong Bahru Galicier Pastry has always been a stalwart patisserie, selling colourful assortments of of Nonya treats and baked goods. This is a family-run business, and has been passed down through generations since it first opened in the 1970s. It’s no surprise that they have a loyal fanbase — you can always expect. Everything is made fresh in the store, with old-school methods.
Offerings: Their egg tarts are one of those with a slightly tougher texture, just like biscuits, with the custard being almost like a jelly. The Nyonya treats are not to be missed as well: Kueh Salat, Kueh Kosui, Kueh Ambon, as well their elusive Ondeh Ondeh are must-trys.
Location: Blk 55 Tiong Bahru Rd, #01-39, 160055
Contact: +65 6324 1686
7. Da Sheng Hong Kong Pastry
Introduction: Established in 2003, Da Sheng Hong Kong Pastry is a humble bakery shop that sells a variety of tarts, perfect for when you’re having coffee or if you just want some delicious bites. They make their products daily to ensure freshness and they use only the best ingredients to achieve the perfect balance of flavour and the right texture that will surely make you crave for more!
Offerings: Egg Tart – The dim sum restaurant may be famous for many reasons, but their egg tarts could become the one reason that always draws you back.
Location: 36 Sago St, Singapore 059027
Contact: +65 6224 6287
8. Crystal Jade Kitchen
Introduction: Crystal Jade is a Singapore-based culinary brand with one-MICHELIN star and multiple MICHELIN Bin Gourmand awards, with over 100 outlets across 25 major cities. Well-regarded for its culinary expertise and commitment to quality, Crystal Jade brand mission to spread the word on Chinese cuisine and culture remain unchanged. Founded on the core principles of Chinese cuisine while drawing influence from modern gastronomy, Crystal Jade provides only the most wholesome food- food that nourishes, inspires and nurtures relationships, for today – and for many more generations to come.
Offerings: Original Portuguese Egg Tart – Their traditional Cantonese egg could be too small for some, nevertheless they’re perfectly yummy.
Location: Holland Village, No.2 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277671
Contact: +65 6762 5372
9. Tai Chong Kok Confectionery
Introduction: Some things never change. At Chop Tai Chong Kok, they have been making mooncakes and traditional Cantonese pastries the same way since 1935—from scratch and by hand. For generations, they have used only premium ingredients to produce authentic Cantonese confectionaries.
Their mooncakes are renowned for their genuine taste of tradition. They are one of the very few bakeries left in Singapore that still produce fresh lotus paste by hand using 100% pure lotus seeds with no preservatives added. They fill mooncakes that are formed in the same traditional wooden moulds used at the original Sago Street store in Chinatown more than 80 years ago. Today, you can still bring home their mooncakes in stringed brown paper bags, just as their forefathers did in pre-war Singapore.
Offerings: Their fragrant, thick Q-boiled egg custard with its and crispy tart skin can only leave you satisfied with each bite. Eating either hot or cold gives you a different experience. Another delectable treat that you can’t miss is their Coconut Tart.
Location: 34 Sago Street, Singapore 059026
Contact: +65 6227 5701
10. Ng Kim Lee Confectionery
Introduction: Ng Kim Lee Confectionery stands out from the rest of the shophouses near Beauty World for its retro shopfront and signboard. The shop has been in the business for almost 60 years and is known for its Teochew-style pastries and Western cakes.
Offerings: There are many versions of egg tarts across the world, but the version that resonates best with most Singaporeans would probably be the Hong Kong-style egg tart. These rich and creamy egg custards are encased within flaky, buttery pastry shells are madly delicious and best eaten lukewarm.
Location: 4 Chun Tin Rd, Singapore 599591
Contact: +65 6466 3515
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11. Honolulu Café
Introduction: Founded in the 1940s by the late Mr Yeung Jin Hei, this is one of Hong Kong’s treasured café. Honolulu Café is also fondly known by locals as ‘Cha Chaan Teng’ (Tea Restaurant). This timeless institution has been selling traditional coffee, tea and baked goods for nearly 80 years.
If you’re curious as to why the name, “Honolulu”, it simply dates back to the time when Hong Kong was a British colony. The owners wanted a Western name. And when Western-meals started serving in Hong Kong, prices were high and so most locals could not afford them. Mr Yeung then provided Chinese and Western menus in-store at reasonable prices. As it fuses East and West, Honolulu Café was honoured as “the original Hong Kong-style tea restaurant”.
Offerings: Their egg tarts are definitely a good reason to visit their café. However, the cafe offers more than just snacks; you expect a nice affordable meal too.
Location: Westgate, #02-06, 3 Gateway Dr, Singapore 608532
Contact: +65 6250 3858
12. Dona Manis Cake Shop
Introduction: At Dona Manis, they believe in quality over quantity. Using only the most premium ingredients, their handmade pastries are freshly baked daily.
Offerings: Chocolate Tart – These chocolate tarts are absolutely addictive; the crust and the choc filling are just divine together.
Location: 865 Mountbatten Road, B1-93, Katong Shopping Centre, 437844
Contact: +65 6440 7688
13. The Imperial Treasure
Introduction: With their vast array of iconic Chinese delicacies and their commitment to impeccable service, Imperial Treasure has become synonymous with authentic fine Chinese cuisine. Since the establishment of their first restaurant in 2004, Imperial Treasure Restaurant Group has won the hearts of gourmands and casual diners alike. Now, they have 20 restaurants in Singapore, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Incheon, London and Paris.
However, The Imperial Treasure has never rested on their laurels, earning over 50 accolades – including two-Michelin Stars in the Michelin Guide Shanghai (2017 – 2020), one-Michelin star in the Michelin Guide Singapore (2017 – 2019), one-Michelin star in the Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau (2018 – 2020), one-Michelin star in the Michelin Guide Guangzhou (2019), Michelin Plate by Michelin Guide Guangzhou (2018), Michelin Plate by Michelin Guide Singapore (2018, 2019), Michelin Plate by Michelin Guide London (2019), Michelin Plate by Michelin Guide France (2020), Two-Diamond in Meituan-Dianping’s Black Pearl Guide (2018) and Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants (2013 – 2015).
Offerings: Baked Egg Tart – the crust has a biscuit texture: crunchy yet it melts in your mouth. Besides that, the combination of the soft egg custard and the delicious crust is heavenly. But bear in mind, the eggs tarts taste better while hot; when it’s cold, the crust loses its crunch and becomes slightly softer.
Location: #B1-08, Paragon, 290 Orchard Rd, 238859
Contact: +65 6262 3662
14. Canton Paradise
Introduction: Poised as a haven for Oriental cuisine, Paradise Group offers gourmet menus of exceptional value in a wide variety of restaurant concepts. Promising a sensorial experience with service from the heart, every concept immerses the diner in an atmosphere that captures the finer points of Chinese culture, particularly their rich array of exquisite culinary delights. True to their mission to improve, enhance and create the ultimate experience and enjoyment, Paradise Group marries tradition with innovation – a match made in heaven.
The Paradise story began with a small spark that fired into great influence. The little spark began with Seafood Paradise – a humble 25-seater eatery in Defu Lane in 2002, which gained popularity with its sumptuous and reasonably-priced dishes. Spurred by this success, their founder Eldwin Chua opened a second outlet at the iconic Singapore Flyer to make Seafood Paradise a prominent showcase, gaining not just a local fan base, but an international crowd appreciative of Singapore seafood delights.
Staying firm to his belief in creating great food at good value for food lovers, Eldwin continues to grow the Paradise brand. Today, Paradise Group houses a total of 11 culinary concepts across 9 countries, serving customers at close to 50 restaurants in Singapore and more than 60 restaurants worldwide.
Offerings: Baked Mini Egg Tart – Canton Paradise’s mini egg tarts (S$4.20 for three) are delightfully light. Its soft, velvety custard is a perfect complement to the crispy, flaky pastry.
Location: 91 Defu Lane 10#07-00 Mandarin Self Storage, Singapore 539221
Contact: +65 6487 6489
15. Song Garden
Introduction: Discover modern Cantonese cuisine in a Chinese restaurant like no other. Located where Bugis Street meets Bras-Basah in one of Singapore’s most historic areas, Song Garden gives you an unforgettable taste of the city’s culinary excellence. Their skilful chefs have elaborated a mouth-watering array of contemporary dishes. Pleasing to the eye, exquisite on the tastebuds – expect a dash of wow factor in each and every one.
Dine in absolute elegance; the restaurant is filled with daylight at lunchtime and cosy as night falls, allowing you to take in the timeless opulence of their traditional Chinese furnishings and paintings.
Offerings: Egg Tart – As far as egg tarts go, it is more than just the yellowish custard that defines a really good one. The short-crust pastry encasing it is just as important—if not, even more crucial. Here at Song Garden, the Mini Egg Tarts (S$4.20++ for 3 pieces) are far better than your traditional flaky egg tarts. Buttery, crumbly and filled with a luscious egg filling, each bite is absolutely divine.
Location: 122 Middle Rd, Level 2 Mercure Singapore Bugis, Singapore 188973
Contact: +65 6521 9299
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