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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Chinatown's Yummy Bakery: Egg-White Custard Tarts and Japanese Cheesecake

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click to enlarge A Hong Kong favorite, egg-white custard tarts are relatively rare here. - LUIS CHONG
  • Luis Chong
  • A Hong Kong favorite, egg-white custard tarts are relatively rare here.

We confess to being cult devotees of the freshly made egg custard tarts at Golden Gate Bakery, so we felt compelled to investigate rumors that a relatively new bakery with egg-white tarts was garnering fans.

click to enlarge Baked goods come from Yummy's kitchen in South City. - LUIS CHONG
  • Luis Chong
  • Baked goods come from Yummy's kitchen in South City.

Chinatown's Yummy Bakery is making a good impression on locals for the high quality of its baked goods. Browse the display case to see which items need restocking, and you'll soon notice that the egg-white tarts ($1.10 each) are among the best sellers here. Egg-white tarts are common in Hong Kong; we know of only two other S.F. bakeries that occasionally offer them. Don't despair if you see only a few in Yummy's case. Knowing how popular they've become, the bakery often has surplus stock in back, delivered from its baking facilities in South San Francisco.

While obviously not as fresh-from-the-oven as the ones from GGB, the tarts here are well made (there are regular custard ones too). Egg white tarts are less forgiving when overcooked ― they can lose their suppleness, turn hard, and develop cracks. But soft fillings and crisp, flaky crusts made these comparable to the best egg-white tarts we've had anywhere, in a word, yummy.

click to enlarge Yummy's Japanese-style cheesecake has a Zanze's-esque lightness. - LUIS CHONG
  • Luis Chong
  • Yummy's Japanese-style cheesecake has a Zanze's-esque lightness.

Another popular item here is the Japanese-style cheesecake, priced at $2 per slice or $12 for an entire cake. We found the texture and flavors very nice. And though it's not flourless, it has a lightness that reminds us of Zanze's. Regular Japanese cheesecakes, like the ones at Nijiya Market, always fail to entice us the way Yummy's do.

Posted hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, but we were told they often stay open until 8 or 9 p.m., depending on the availability of the mother and daughter team who run the place. Since most other Chinatown stores close by 6 p.m., that's another reason for Yummy's draw.

Yummy Bakery and Cafe: 607 Jackson (at Kearny), 989-8388.

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