Sandakan “Cow Dung Pile”

taken using a sony ericsson k800i

One of my close friends is from Sandakan and I have heard her rave about this tart, “Ngau Si Tart” (牛屎挞) for the longest time. Even if the name sounds somewhat gross, it’s actually quite delectable. The tart warrants a post as she specially hand-carried these back from Sandakan. The funny thing was this, it was packed in a cigarette carton! But my friend says that this is the norm in Sandakan. Interesting, eh?

This tart doesn’t actually have cow dung on it, but is Sandakan’s own special variation of the egg tart. A flat, cake base is used, and a rich, yolky egg custard is wrapped around frothy egg whites. The egg custard is so rich that I can’t really taste the egg itself. And love the beaten, soft, cloud-like egg whites that evens out the taste.

there’s another variation which she brought back for me, more commonly known as the UFO tart due to its shape but is essentially the same thing.

bit squashed.. 😛

something for you guys to look out for the next time you head to Sandakan. 🙂



  1. wmw said

    Ooo…totally new to me. Well, I can now tell folks that there is one time of SH*T that I will eat! Hahaha….

    epicuriousgirl says: New to me too!

  2. wmw said

    oops…meant one type!

    epicuriousgirl says:🙂

  3. Christy said

    Unique…too bad it was squashed!
    Was it originally shaped like that or just squashed to that shape?hehe…

    epicuriousgirl says: it’s originally shaped like that, a ufo shape (or even egg shaped). only the line in the middle of the egg custard was squashed by my handling.

  4. sandrar said

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

  5. Hadassah said

    love your blog. i’ve eated the UFO tarts. do you have the recipe for Cow dung pile..i would love to try the recipe at home. thank you.

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