By now, you would have eaten or heard about Tai Cheong Bakery’s famed egg tarts. The famous Tai Cheong Bakery (泰昌饼家) from Hong Kong that started only as a small food kiosk in Takashimaya to serve legions of fans in Singapore with their fragrant and buttery egg tarts with light smooth egg custard, is now a full fledged eatery. Tai Cheong is bringing the full experience of a Hong Kong-style teahouse (cha chaan teng) to Singapore fans, opening their first dine-in concept café in Holland Village.
So, what is there to eat at the 42-seat cafe? For starters, there is the three-egg macaroni soup with crispy luncheon meat 特色三蛋餐肉番茄通粉 ($8.50), three coloured silky eggs with rice 三色滑蛋饭 ($9.90) with choice of toppings and the fork tender beef brisket curry rice 牛腩咖哩饭 ($10.90).
Other than these main courses, Tai Cheong Bakery also serves Canto-Western delights with a twist. If you are familiar with Australian Dairy Company’s toasts in Hong Kong, Tai Cheong Bakery’s house-made toast is not just topped with a towering pile of creamy scrambled eggs, but with a piece of chicken chop as well.
We are talking about the scrambled egg toast dish 鸡蛋鸡扒多士 ($9.50) that is assembled with a base comprising of a pan-grilled chicken chop and creamy mushroom sauce and then stacked on top with buttered thick toast and a load of towering steaming hot scrambled eggs. Even the classic French Toast 西多士 ($6.50) here is served with a choice of either maple syrup or homemade dulce de leche (sweeten milk).
At the bakery section, patrons can buy the famous egg tart 蛋撻 ($1.90) and a host of other items like Char Siu Bolo Bun 叉烧菠萝包 ($2.20), Coconut Tart 椰撻 ($2.50+) as will as the Durian & Cheese Tart 榴槤芝士蛋撻 ($3.60) that is available only at the Holland Village eatery. 67-year-old founder and creator of the egg tarts, Master Chef Au Yeung Tin-Yun says that he hopes to bring more Hong Kong-style dishes to Singapore and promote the culinary culture of Hong Kong.
The café does not impose service charge for diners. Which means, with the money you saved, you can consider trying out their popular drinks like the classic Hong Kong Milk Tea 港式絲襪奶茶 ($2.50 hot/$2.80 cold) and Fresh Lemon Tea 新鮮檸檬茶 ($2.50 hot/ $2.80 cold). One drink we could never get is the Ginger Lemon Cola 老薑檸檬煲可樂 ($3) that is served hot. It probably is good for a cold or a sore throat but hot cola? Really? But hey, don’t let us stop you.
Tai Cheong Bakery does not accept reservations and customers are seated on a first-come-first-served basis. However for takeaways, you can simply order over the pastry counter during opening hours.
Tai Cheong Bakery (Singapore)
Address: 31 Lorong Liput, Singapore 277742
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 10am to 10pm, Sat, Sun and Public Holidays: 9am – 10pm (Note: Mains will daily at 11am – 2.30pm and 5.30pm – 9.30pm only)
Kiosk address: #B208-5 Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238872