This is a short post on Double Crispy Bakery, which is a bakery that I found a few months ago by accident walking around Chinatown. It doesn’t look any different or offer anything particularly different than other Chinatown bakeries. It’s fairly non-descript with a bunch of shelves and display cases showing off their various Chinese pastries, cakes etc. However, I noticed to the left of the cash register a display case showing of their dan ta (egg custards) and lao po bing (wife cake). They looked particularly fresh and good so I gave them a try and I’m glad I did.
Here’s what I get:
Dan Ta (Egg Custard Tart):
Ka Wah has been my go to bakery in Chinatown for dan ta, but I’ll have to say this place maybe better than Ka Wah. They offer three different types of dan ta: Portuguese / Macau style, regular and egg white. The ones to get here are the Portuguese / Macau style. These have always been my favorite type of dan ta. They have the exact same crust and egg custard filling as the regular ones you see, but they are burnt on top, so they have a slight caramelized flavor to them. The ones here were surprisingly good, the crust was nicely flaky and the custard was warm, fresh and egg-y. They weren’t quite as burnt on top as I like them, but overall I liked them quite a bit. I definitely recommend trying these and if they aren’t already warm when you get them then take them home and put them in the microwave because there is a world of difference between a warm dan ta and a room temperature one (fyi every time I’ve got gone they have been warm). 8.25/10
Lao Po Bing (Wife Cake):
Lao po bing is a thin disc shaped pastry that has a flaky and slightly buttery exterior and a filling made of sweet dong gua (winter melon). Normally, they are fairly thin and pretty big and the interior is usually slightly gooey, but the version here is a little different. The crust is a thicker and flaky crust, but the actual pastry is quite small. The filling isn’t gooey at all, it’s a little more dense and isn’t quite as sweet as normal. They also use more salt in the crust, so there is a slight saltiness to it. I think they’re delicious and I definitely recommend trying them out. 8/10
This is a solid bakery and it’s definitely worth checking out for the items I listed above.
230 Grand St (between Elizabeth St & Bowery)
New York, NY 10013