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egg tart recipe-Hong Kong style
Egg Tart Recipe—Hong Kong Style
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Famous Hong Kong style egg tart recipe with short crust pastry shell and a super smooth custard filling.
Course: Dessert, dim sum
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Egg Tart
Servings: 8 Making 8 egg tarts of regular moulds
Calories: 142 kcal
Author: Elaine
For custard filling
  • 2 middle size eggs , whisked (include 1 tablespoon for pastry dough)
  • 90 ml hot water
  • 35 g sugar , around 2 tablespoons +1 teaspoon for castor sugar You can adjust slightly
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 30 g evaporated milk , around 2 tablespoons
  • Dash of vanilla extract , optional
For the pastry dough
  • 90 g cake flour , 160ml
  • 50 g unsalted butter , soften in room temperature
  • 25 g icing sugar , 1/4 cup
  • 1 tablespoon of whisked egg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of vanilla extract , if you prefer
  • melted butter for brushing the moulds
  • Flour for dusting and coating
Make custard filling
  1. Melt sugar and salt with hot water. Mix until dissolved and cool down.
  2. Whisk eggs and then take around 1 tablespoon out for the pastry dough. Stir in sugar water and also evaporated milk(vanilla extract here too). Give a big stir and combine everything well.
  3. Strain the filling to get rid of any foam once or twice. Rest aside or in fridge if the room temperature is high.
Making the pastry
  1. In a large bowl, shift flour, sugar and salt. Then add softened butter. Break with hands and mix all the ingredients together.
  2. Add around 1 tablespoon of whisked egg (vanilla extract here too) and until knead until smooth. If the dough is too sticky, coat your hand with some flour will help. Cover with plastic wrapper and then fridge for 30 minutes (or longer time for the dough to become stiff so we can continue the assembling process.)
  3. Take the dough out and divide into 8 equal portions. Make on portion into a round ball and slightly press down. And I would strongly suggest brushing some melt butter on the surface of the moulds so we can move them out easily. Press the shell into the moulds with your fingers. Try to make the wrapper uniform in thickness and avoid a thick bottom. Repeat to finish all.
Baking the egg tart.
  1. Pre-heat the over to 200 degree C (390 degree F).
  2. Pour the custard filling to the shells around 80% full. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the surface becomes golden brown and a toothpick can stand in the egg tart.
  3. Another tip is to shake the egg tart slightly, transfer out when the surface is not moving any more. In last minutes, please slightly lower your fire to avoid the custard filling rising too high. Otherwise egg tart will collapse after cooling down.
  4. Cool down for several minutes and then take out from the moulds. Serve when still hot.

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Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts is based on each single egg tart.

Nutrition Facts
Egg Tart Recipe—Hong Kong Style
Amount Per Serving
Calories 142 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 70mg23%
Sodium 102mg4%
Potassium 43mg1%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 245IU5%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.