Tong Heng is a Chinese pastry shop that sells a whole range of delicacies especially Chinese cakes and pastries for special occasions, including the traditional New Year cake (“Nian-Gao” 年糕), mooncakes (“Yue-Bing” 月饼), birthday longevity buns (“Shou-Tao” 寿桃) and the customary wedding cakes (“Jie-Hun-Li-Bing” 结婚礼饼). However, it is perhaps best known for the Tong Heng Egg Tart.
Tong Heng is in Chinatown along South Bridge Road, between Ann Siang Hill and Erskine Road. It is basically a retail shop for takeaways but there are a few tables for dine-in customers. They also serve drinks and hot and cold desserts are also available.
Most of the available delicacies are prominently displayed in the glass cabinets that take up most of the shop space. Tong Heng have brochures in the shop with detailed descriptions, in English and Chinese, of their pastries and cakes.
I passed by Tong Heng and wanted to buy some pastries to take home. It was a rather hot day so a cold Snow Fungus with Goji Berry ($3.50) was hard to resist. Since I was sitting down, I might as well have a piece of the famous Tong Heng Egg Tart ($1.70). I knew that the “might as well” syndrome would be the fastest way to bust your budget and expand your waistline; but I succumbed once more.
I must say that I had no regret eating the best selling Tong Heng Egg Tart. The diamond-shaped egg tart had smooth custard that wobble a little when shaken. The crust had light layers of pastry with a nice thin crisp. It was a very enjoyable egg tart.
The items I bought to take-away included the Coconut Egg Tart ($2). It was essentially the standard Tong Heng Egg Tart with hand shredded fresh coconut added to the custard. The fibrous filling added texture as well as the unique flavour of coconut to the tart. It would be a matter of preference but I liked the Coconut Egg Tart more than the traditional one.
Other items we tried from the latest haul from Tong Heng were the Dragon Phoenix Cake with Lotus Seed Paste ($3.60), Wife Pastry ($1.50) and Lotus Paste Pastry ($1.50). The Dragon Phoenix Cake was quite dense and heavy. It was sort of like the traditional mooncake with less filling. The other 2 items were pretty standard with nice crust pastries and delectable fillings that were not too sweet.
Tong Heng is a traditional pastry shop which still makes things the old school way. Their products are not fancy but continue to be popular with people of all ages. It is good to see heritage shops thriving in Singapore, especially when they sell delightful delicacies like the Tong Heng Egg Tart.
285 South Bridge Road,
+65 6223 3649 / 6223 0398
Open:9:00am – 10:00pm
Branch in Juring
1 Jurong West Central 2,
Jurong Point Shopping Centre,
+65 65 6794 6292
Open:9:30am – 10:00pm