‘Food of my generation’: Hong Kong’s famed Hoover Cake Shop to close after almost half a century in business

This article caught my attention when I was reading on asiaone.com earlier today. I remembered Hoover Cake Shop as a must-visit establishment for its HK egg tarts on Hong Kong island. I had never tried such soft egg curds before. This was nearly 13 years ago.

Fast forward to 2013-ish, I had found another egg tart establishment with the same egg curd but with far airier side crust while traveling. These egg tarts come out pipping hot! Guess what – this shop is not in Hong Kong, not even in East Asia.

This shop is nondescript and it looks old and dated, not unlike most Chinese establishments in the vicinity. It has the same namesake as a famous landmark, conveniently within 30 minutes walk from the same bakery. Besides the amazing egg tarts, it also has hand-made sakima. (But sakima isn’t really my cup of tea though)

While being a fan of egg tarts, I am not satisfied with the Tai Cheong and JoyLuck Teahouse types. They have this mass-produced feel (they really are) and the crust is such a letdown (Sorry but not sorry!). I definitely prefer egg tarts from the hotel dim sum menu. Then again, not all hotels have good dim sum.

I can’t wait to head back to that bakery next to a famous landmark, though I’m not impressed with the city. Hazard a guess thy name of this bakery?

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