Serious Eats listed Golden Manna Bakery as having the 2nd best egg custard tart (dan tat) in Chinatown. Having already tried the best (Bread Talk), I decided to try the rest. I should have been tipped off by the B health rating, but in Chinatown that translates to an A. Golden Manna is a franchise that has bakeries over Chinatown. I assumed they were something right.
The egg custard tarts were sitting outside with other items, in full reach of the flies buzzing around. I asked how fresh the tarts were out of the oven, and wasn’t surprised when I received no response. At 90 cents, these tarts are quite expensive for the neighborhood.
Before I could take a bite into it, I noticed there were flakes falling off the crust already. This was a good sign, so I carried on. As my teeth sunk in, I knew there was a problem. The custard was quite solid, resembling gelatin. To make things worse, it didn’t have any flavor at all. There wasn’t even a hint of sweetness. I began to question what exactly I was eating, and then noticed the contrast of color inside. The surface was a deep yellow while the inside had a pale color that was chunky and white. Regrettably, I had another bite, but that only convinced me to give up. There is no way that this is the 2nd best egg custard in Chinatown.
Golden Manna Bakery ★☆☆☆☆
16 Bowery St (between Doyers St & Chatham Sq)
New York, NY 10013