Manila Sweets Bakeshop, Edmonton

Egg custard tarts from the Manila Sweets Bakeshop are the Chinese style 'dun' tarts

Egg custard tarts from the Manila Sweets Bakeshop are the Chinese style ‘dun’ tarts

Since discovering that the egg custard tarts I grew up knowing as Chinese cuisine (‘dun’ tarts often found at Dim Sum) actually originated from Portugal as Nata, I’ve been trying these delicious pastries everywhere I can find them in Edmonton.

I’ve been searching for the authentic Portuguese style tarts, which have a lighter, flake pastry crust than the Chinese style which more typically have a heavy, thick crust.

We tried the egg custard tarts from the Manila Sweets Bakeshop (9528-163rd Street) in Edmonton’s west end.  At $1.59 each, tarts are priced higher than three of the Portuguese bakeries we use as a comparison (where prices range from $1.10-$1.50 each.  And that’s not including various delis – one near our house – that buys the tarts from one supplier – the Portuguese Bakery for $1.10 each – and simply re-sells them for $2.20.)

The Manila Sweets Bakeshop’s version of the egg custard tart is definitely follows the Chinese style.  In Portugal, Nata are usually served warm, out of the oven, and feature a light, flake pastry crust.  The Manila Sweets Bakeshop keeps their egg tarts in a cooler, and their version has a thick, heavy crust, made even less tasty by being refrigerated.

The Manila Sweets Bakeshop also sells meat filled empanadas, which may be a better choice than their egg custard tarts, which I did not care for.

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