EGG TART - From the English tart a dish has evolved in Chinese cuisine. It is made up of a center of filling that contains an egg custard and an outer pastry. These egg tarts are commonly found in dim sum restaurants.
The egg tart was born in the twentieth century and its sale was first started in the Canton province. It was heavily inspired by the custard tart that is sold and eaten in European countries specially in England. Canto is one of the oldest ports in China and it had heavy bilateral trade with Great Britain. Customers and traders would regularly visit the coastal town. Chefs in the city were asked to make similar to the English tastes to attract more customers and also to invent new dishes as well. Finally, this egg tart was invented after a competition was held amongst department stores. It was invented in the Zhen Guang restaurant.
Several variations of this dish also exist. One variety is present in Hong Kong which was also introduced in Hong Kong through Guangzhou. At first it was available in very high-end western restaurants. Later it was also sold in cha chaan cheng and with this it was popularized amongst the working class masses. It became accessible after that. The tarts sold in Hong Kong are similar in taste to the original but are smaller in size and sold in pairs.
The custard filling can be of the typical vanilla flavor or may have added flavors like green tea and chocolate. In June of 2014 egg tarts were given their due recognition by the Hong Kong government and the technique of making it was included in the inventory of the Intangible cultural heritage.
The flavors that the egg tarts offer is simple yet it provides a variety of textures to tantalize the taste buds. At first bite you get to experience the flakiness and the sweet yet salty flavors of the tart and next you get to bite into the creamy sweetness of the custard filling. The flavors are well balanced, sweet and yet not overwhelmingly so. It is preferred to eat after a dim sum and is a popular palette cleanser to have after lunch. It can also be made in homes though the store-bought variety is more popular. Like any good pie, it is jam packed with subtle flavors and is a healthy and nutritious and a very filling snack to have. It is also the ultimate comfort food.
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