With the advent of commercial chain bakeries and convenience stores, traditional bakeries are gradually diminishing and their original methods are disappearing with them. This list of the top traditional bakeries in Hong Kong will inspire you to walk down Memory Lane and rediscover Hong Kong’s sweets and treats!
Tai Cheong Bakery has been around since 1954 but became famous as the home of ex-governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten’s favorite egg tarts. Their creamy and silky smooth egg tarts and more-ish Chinese donuts keep people coming back for more! This staple of Hong Kong culture has 14 branches across Hong Kong and has even reached out to Singapore. Go check out their main branch in Central!
Tai Cheong Bakery, G/F, 35 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong,+852 2544 3475, www.taoheung.com.hk
Opening Hours: 7:30am-9pm Mon-Sun
Another family-run business that has been operating for over 40 years, Kwok Kam Kee makes around 60% of all ‘ping an’ buns for the Cheung Chau bun festival everywhere. Strategically placed not far from Pak Tai Temple on Cheung Chau, this bakery bakes thousands of these little buns, which was first created in the 18th century to ward off evil spirits after a plague. Each sumptuously soft bun is stamped with the character for peace. Kwok Kam Kee does a whole range of traditional Chinese baked goods, but if you want to get a ‘ping an bao’, you’d better get in line quickly!
Kwok Kam Kee,46 Pak She Street, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong,+852 9841 5683, Facebook Page
Opening Hours: 8am-7pm Mon-Sun
This quaint bakery has maintained its red logo and tessellated tiles from its opening in 1979 and has also maintained that same high standard of traditional baking. Happy Cake Shop serves Hong Kong classics like whipped cream cones, Mexican buns, pineapple buns, and piggy buns. Perhaps one of their most famous treats is the cocktail bun, supposedly invented by a baker in the 1950s who was fed up with wasting leftover buns. Instead, he decided to grind up the old buns with sugar and coconut to make a filling for new buns, similar to the mixing of drinks in a cocktail, hence the name – it’s not actually alcoholic at all!
Happy Cake Shop, G/F, 106 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2528 1391
Opening Hours: 6am-6pm Mon-Sun
This family-run bakery has been operating for over 40 years and is a staple amongst locals in Mong Kok. Kei Tsui Cake Shop has been Michelin recommended, providing traditional Chinese pastries and cakes to well-known clients like Hong Kong Airlines! Check out their delicious egg tarts, fluffy red bean pancakes, or the Little Chicken Biscuits! They’ve even got the wonderfully named ox-ear cookies, which are thin, sweet wafer-like cookies (no cows were harmed!).
Kei Tsui Cake Shop, G/F, 135 Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, +852 2394 1727
Opening Hours: 8am-8pm Mon-Sun
St Lolan Bakery is another traditional and cheap bakery based in Kennedy Town, who is famous for the coconut tarts that they make with puff pastry, unlike most other bakeries who use cookie pastry. The low, low prices and the delicious taste of the treats mean that the pastries run out quickly. Aside from traditional Hong Kong and Chinese baked goods, they also serve mochi, although that usually runs out by midday. Get yourself a treat at St Lolan Bakery!
St Lolan Bakery, G/F, 118 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, +852 2816 5328
Opening Hours: 6:30am-9:30pm Mon-Sun
Hang Heung has been open for over 90 years, having been founded in the 1920s. This Hong Kong icon specializes in traditional pastries, like bridal pastries, mooncakes, and their famous century-egg pastry, which is a light and fluffy pastry base with the special preserved egg in the center! Expect to see their classic Signature White Lotus Seed Mooncakes with Double Yolk around Mid-Autumn Festival, which is handcrafted with ingredients from Hunan, Xianglian. Traditional pastry recipes have been handed down in this bakery, and it’s definitely stood the test of time.
Hang Heung Cake Shop, G/F, 64 Castle Peak Road, Yuen Long, Hong Kong, +852 2479 2141, www.hangheung.com.hk
Opening Hours: 9am-8pm Mon-Sun
Pat Sin Bakery began as the pastry department of the Pat Sin Grand Teahouse in Cheung Sha Wan in 1966, then moving to Sham Shui Po in 1978 after the restaurant closed. However, Pat Sin Bakery has been making traditional Chinese treats (or ‘tong beng pou’) with a much longer history. The tradition of bridal pastry developed into eight categories, with the wife cake (or ‘lou po beng’) becoming the most famous. Pat Sin’s wife cakes are a flaky pastry filled with sweet winter melon, almond, and sesame paste, and lightly spiced with five-spice powder.
Pat Sin Bakery, G/F, 197 Nam Cheong Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong, +852 2729 9440
Opening Hours: 7:30am-7:30pm Mon-Sun
Ming Wah Bakery is a family-owned business in Mong Kok, serving the classic coconut tarts, banana rolls, chicken cookies, and red bean cakes. The prices here are ridiculously cheap with most products ranging between HK$3-10, what a steal! Their Kong Soh Peng (or Chinese Shortbread) are fantastic, the milky, soft, and sweet cookies were a hit in the 1960s and were the main meal for many a poor Hong Konger.
Ming Wah Bakery, 1 Yin Cheong Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, +852 2782 5232
Opening Hours: 7am-12am Mon-Sun
Some say that Hoover Cake Shop is Hong Kong’s Egg Tart King, as they use duck eggs, rather than chicken eggs, to make a smoother, stronger-flavored custard filling. Hoover Cake Shop even holds classes to teach you how to make these delicious Hong Kong icons! They also serve mochi here, with wonderful flavors like mango, peanut, and red bean. Even though Hoover Cake Shop does a lot of traditional baking, it also caters to the modern-day palate with Western-style baked goods like chocolate or coffee Swiss Roll! Decide for yourself whether this egg tart is the one for you!
Hoover Cake Shop, 136 Nga Tsin Wai Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong, +852 2382 0383, hoovercakeshop.hk
Opening Hours: 6:30am-11:30pm Mon-Sun
Another representative of SSP, Kwan Kee Store has been recommended by the Michelin guide as an “expert in Chinese pastries”. This local legend has been making the healthiest of traditional pastries, with all-natural, preservative-free ingredients. A particular delicacy is the earthen bowl cake (or ‘put chai ko’), a popular snack of steamed red bean cake, which reached its peak in the 1980s when hawkers sold it all over the streets.
Kwan Kee Store, Shop 10, G/F Pei Ho Arcade, 115-117 Fuk Wah Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong,+852 2360 0328
Opening hours: 8am-11pm Mon-Sun
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