*Warning: Explicit words ahead. Read with your own risk.
Not so long ago (last year actually), Jian sent me an email on the scanned articles from the NewTide magazine on Ipoh food. One particular suggestion they mentioned in the article was the Cockman egg tart.
Later on, not so long ago (it was last year too!), one of my friend asked me where is Cockman egg tart located. I looked at him, puzzled and surprised at the same time as I never tried the egg tarts before and I was wondering how did he know about it. He told me that his mom’s friend, while coming all the way from Ipoh for a visit, brought a dozen egg tarts for them. I’m sure he’s talking about the tarts from the articles Jian sent me so I decided to look for the place.
So when I went back to Ipoh, I woke up early one morning and drove all the way to town area to get the Cockman egg tarts. The first thing I saw was the picture above. A steady stream of customers, haphazardly parked their vehicles by the roadside, hop down and queue up for the pastries.
I bought myself half a dozen egg tarts and another half dozen for my friends and his coursemates at RM 1.20 per piece. It might sounds rather expensive (especially for the locals) but when I held it in my hand, I practically felt like one of the Beagle Brothers with a file-filled cake… they were really hefty. Instead of plain egg with sugar, the proprietor also add in fresh milk to the egg mixture for a creamier, smoother texture. Maybe that explains the weight.
I was impressed with the texture of the crust too, it doesn’t crumble and break when you bite it and the yellowish egg custard was just nice, not overly sweet, with sufficient eggy aroma. But sad to say, I can’t compare this with the infamous Tong Kee egg tarts in KL as I haven’t got the chance to sample their masterpiece yet.
Hong Kee Pastries @ Kedai Kopi Weng Seng
(corner shop at the same row with Har Chai Seng and former Super Kinta)
14, Jalan Dato’ Onn Jaafar aka Cockman Street,
30300 Ipoh, Perak.
Tel: 017-5928 303
Business hour: Early in the morning, around 6am till noon. Come early as the tarts usually sold out by 10am.