Egg Tart Amigurumi Food Crochet Pattern

Lunar New year is just around the corner and we are entering the year of the Ox.

I was approached at the beginning of this year by some talented crochet designers to design something festive for Lunar New Year for a giveaway. I was stumped. What can I make that is inspired by my Asian culture?

Hong Kong Egg Tart Play Food Amigurumi FREE Crochet Pattern

My parents are from Hong Kong, but it's been a while since I've been. Unfortunately, I don't have plans to go back any time soon. Maybe after the kids grow up a little bit more and can walk everywhere without me needing to carry them everywhere.

There are a number of things that are a must-do for me every time I visit Hong Kong. I have a list of my favourite Hong Kong foods/snacks/streetfood that I must have every time I visit.

Egg tarts are one of those snacks!

Hong Kong Egg Tart Play Food Amigurumi FREE Crochet Pattern

I am lucky to be living in Vancouver, Canada because we actually have very good Chinese food here. I can walk to a nearby Chinese bakery or supermarket and be able to pick up these yummy egg tarts whenever I want!

They're best when they're fresh out of the oven!

Hong Kong egg tarts are known for their flaky puff pastry crust with silky smooth egg custard filling. However, not all egg tarts are made with a puff pastry crust. Some are made with a shortcrust pastry.

Hong Kong Egg Tart Play Food Amigurumi FREE Crochet Pattern
"Egg Tarts" by Alpha is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

We made a side trip to Macau on our last trip to Hong Kong and decided to give Portuguese egg tarts (aka. Macanese egg tarts) a try. 

Portuguese egg tarts look very similar to Hong Kong egg tarts, but they have a slightly burnt/brûlée look. They're slightly sweeter in taste and have a very creamy custard filling. 

We used to joke that Hong Kong egg tarts and Portuguese egg tarts got into a fight and the Hong Kong egg tarts won.

Hong Kong Egg Tart Play Food Amigurumi FREE Crochet Pattern

But in all seriousness, both Hong Kong egg tarts and Portuguese egg tarts are delicious and worth trying.

I hope these crocheted amigurumi play food version of yummy egg tarts does it justice. Do you have yummy snacks that you must eat/try when you visit a certain place?

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Hong Kong Egg Tart Play Food Amigurumi FREE Crochet Pattern

This pattern is available for FREE on this website. If you'd like an ad-free, printable PDF version, you can purchase it for a small fee from my Ravelry shop.


What You Need / Materials


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Stitches & Abbreviations


  • st/sts - stitch/stitches
  • ch - chain
  • slst - slip stitch
  • sc -single crochet
  • sc inc - single crochet increase, 2 single crochets in one stitch
  • FLO - front loop only
  • BLO - back loop only


Notes


  • This pattern is available for FREE on this website. If you'd like an ad-free, printable PDF version, you can purchase it for a small fee from my Ravelry shop.
  • I made this amigurumi doll using the "Yarn Under Single Crochet" technique when working in the rounds. This technique makes the stitches tighter and appears more aligned, but it is not a requirement for this amigurumi.
  • The "wrong side" of the circle is going to be the underside of the tart shell


Pattern



Tart Shell


Using a 3.0 mm crochet hook with worsted weight in beige/light brown yarn...
Round 1: Magic Circle with a base of 6 sc (6 sts)
Round 2: Sc inc in each st around (12 sts)
Round 3: [Sc, sc inc] x 6 times (18 sts)
Round 4: [Sc, sc inc, sc] x 6 times (24 sts)
Round 5: [3 sc, sc inc] x 6 times (30 sts)

You are now going to be working in rows instead of rounds to create the ribbed effect on the side of the egg tart. Each time you work back towards the circle base, you make a slst to attach it to the bottom of the tart, this does not count as a st. 

Row 1: Ch 6, sc in the second ch from the hook and then down the ch (5 sts). Slst into the FLO of the next st in round 5. 
Row 2: Slst into the FLO of the next st in round 5, turn. Sc into the back loops of the previous row (skipping the 2 slsts you just made) (5 sts) 
Row 3: Ch 1, turn sc into the back loops of the previous row (5 sts), then slst into the FLO of the next st on round 5. 
Row 4: Slst into the FLO of the next st in round 5, turn. Sc into the back loops of the previous row (5 sts) 
Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc into the back loops of the previous row (5 sts). DO NOT make a slst this time. 
Row 6: Ch 1, turn, sc into the back loops of the previous row (5 sts), then slst into the FLO of the next st on round 5. 

Repeat rows 1-6 until you reach 36 rows. Fasten off and leave a tail to sew the custard onto the tart shell.

Hong Kong Egg Tart Play Food Amigurumi FREE Crochet Pattern

Egg Custard Filling


Using a 3.0 mm crochet hook in yellow yarn... 
Round 1: MR with a base of 6 sc (6 sts) 
Round 2: Sc inc in each st around (12 sts) 
Round 3: [Sc, sc inc] x 6 times (18 sts) 
Round 4: [Sc, sc inc, sc] x 6 times (24 sts) 
Round 5: [3 sc, sc inc] x 6 times (30 sts) 
Round 6: [2 sc, sc inc, 2 sc] x 6 times (36 sts) 
Cut and fasten off.


Assembly


If you are using safety eyes, you can place them onto the custard. It's up to you where you want to place the eyes and how you want your egg tart amigurumi to look.

There should be 36 stitches on the custard and 36 rows from the tart shell edge. Using the long tail that you left when making the egg tart shell, sew the custard onto the side of the shell one stitch at a time.



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This is an original pattern written by Juli Anne of Once Upon a Cheerio. Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this blog post but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but please DO NOT sell or distribute the pattern.

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