It really was the first time I learned such food (yeah, sad...), and because this particular version of the story (Taiwan and Japan have their own versions) is the one I loved the most, I was also influenced to savor some of the food featured in the story. However, it was many years after that I finally was able to taste Egg Tarts.
Last year, when we celebrated mom's birthday, she wanted us to visit the Bonifacio Global City. We were on our way back to EDSA when mom spotted BreadTalk (a bread and pastry shop), and asked us to enter it so she could buy some Pork Floss Buns (her favorite bread she discovered in Singapore). Of course, that also meant us buying whatever bread we wanted, and one of the pastries sister placed in her tray are these egg tarts:
|BreadTalk Egg Tarts|
That same day, when I saw sister placed the egg tarts on her tray, I decided not to buy anything from BreadTalk (mom bought a lot of the pork floss buns anyway), because right next to it is Lord Stow's Bakery, home of the famous Portuguese Egg Tarts. I told mom and sis I'd try Lord Stow's egg tarts as well, since it's not often for us to go to this side of the Metro.
|Lord Stow's Bakery Egg Tarts|
Well, no need for me to travel to Macau to taste this as they have some branches here in the Philippines, but I read a blog that nothing would compare to the original ones sold in Macau. I guess I will just have to wait for that time when I can taste authentic Macau-baked egg tarts.
Tasting Lord Stow's egg tarts became one of my favorite foodie memory of 2012. It was delicious and very comforting! The crust is flaky yet a little thicker compared to BreadTalk's, giving it more body. The egg custard filling was very soft and slightly sweeter and combining two textures together (the thick, crispy yet soft crust and the soft filling) resulted in one food-gasmic experience! Eating this one made me say to myself that whenever I'd see a Lord Stow's Bakery, I'd buy at least four egg tarts, one for me and one for each of my family members.
Oh... while reading literature about the egg tarts, I found out there are two types - the Hong Kong Cuisine and the Portuguese Cuisine versions. Could it be BreadTalk's tarts are the Hong Kong Cuisine version? Maybe, that's why both egg tarts are quite different despite being similar.