The quintessential symbol of a fusion between western and Cantonese cultures is the Chinese egg tart dessert. You will find this in yum cha, bakeries, western fast food chains like KFC and other best dessert place in Singapore.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, The Far East had frequently contacted with the European countries such as Britain, Germany and Portugal. As a result, there were cultural exchanges involved. There was an introduction of many European foods to China and Hong Kong.
The Portuguese brought in the custard tarts to Hong Kong. And here is how the Chinese egg tarts are an adaptation of this. You will find egg tarts in Singapore, Hong Kong, China and other Asian countries.
Egg tart variations
There are many variants of egg tarts. It all depends on where you are. If you are in Guangzhou China, the variations you are likely to encounter are coconut tart, Portuguese tart and egg tart.
Macau egg tarts are slightly different from those sold in Hong Kong. The Macau ones have a Portuguese influence while Hong Kong tarts have a British influence.
The Hong Kong variations include:
- Ginger-flavored egg tarts
- Bird’s nest egg tarts
- Green tea flavoured tarts
- Chocolate tarts
- Honey egg tarts
- Egg white tarts
How to prepare egg tarts
You will need to bake the crust (tart) and then to fill it with a filling which can be egg or coconut among other types of fillings.
Step 1: Prepare the crust (tart)
In preparing your crust, you will need one egg, vanilla extract, icing sugar, butter and flour. You will have to prepare this into a dough and then roll out the dough. Then, use a cookie cutter to cut the dough into smaller pieces that can fit in a tart tin. Then, fill the tins and trim away excess dough.
Step 2: Prepare the filling
This simply involves mixing sugar with water in a saucepan and then boiling the mixture. After the mixture is boiled and the sugar is completely dissolved you cool the mixture and then you strain eggs through a sieve into the mixture. There you have your filling.
Step 3: Add the filling to the crusts in the tart tins and bake
Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Remove when the filling is somehow puffed up.
Enjoy your tarts
You can use them for breakfast or as midday snacks. You can put the leftovers in the fridge. They will stay fresh for up to three days.
Egg tarts are a popular Asia dessert. You can prepare them at home or buy them from a dessert place. They are easily available in Singapore.