To be entirely honest, I rarely get a craving for dessert and tend to avoid super sugary food, but I find it really hard to say no to a good coffee ice cream and have been known to hunt down mango-flavored shaved ice. The beauty of Hong Kong’s restaurant scene is that you can seriously find anything that tickles your fancy: for me, that’s unique (mostly Asian) desserts that you don’t tend to find in other places, and desserts that don’t make me feel like I’ve overindulged and need to waddle home after.
I love the occasional decadent cheesecake or tiramisu, but you can find them almost anywhere around the world whereas you may be hard pressed to track down an authentic mango and coconut milk sago outside of Asia! If you’re a dessert fiend, make sure you hit up a few of these spots and try out some yummy Asian desserts the next time you visit Hong Kong. Fun story: although I have been to all these spots in the past, I almost never take food photos, so being the crazy person that I am I hit up 6/8 of these spots in a row in 1 day: I would advise against doing the same!
Read on for a list of some of the best dessert dishes to try in Hong Kong and where to get them!
1. Via Tokyo
I’m a sucker for matcha-flavored everything, especially soft serve. Via Tokyo is one of the most popular Japanese dessert shops in Hong Kong which means that there are sometimes massive queues over the weekend. If you’re looking to get your matcha ice cream fix, head here on a weekday! Hint: make sure you ask for extra mochi on top.
Oddies managed to incorporate one of Hong Kong’s most beloved street foods, the egg waffle or “eggette”, with soft serve and a host of other goodies. Think brownie chunks, honeycomb and panna cotta. They also have crazy cool ice cream inventions and special limited edition flavors that will keep you coming back for more, time and time again. How good does the “Cheeses Christ” ice cream sound? Custard gelato, swirled with cream cheese fudge, blueberry coulis, and shortbread chunks!
Photo credit: 2 photos on the right are from Oddies Foodies’ Facebook page.
This is THE place to go to if you want 1001 options for dessert! There are Honeymoon Dessert stores all across Hong Kong and they offer a plethora of delicious Chinese desserts to choose from, but my all-time favorite is the classic mango and pomelo sago (ask for “Yeung Zee Gum Lo”, pictured below with an addition of herbal grass jelly).
4. Shari Shari
I stumbled upon this cute little Japanese dessert shop and boy was I over the moon! Tucked away on a little side street in Causeway Bay, this joint serves up the most fluffy shaved iced creations. Try the sake-flavored shaved ice – just a hint of sake! It’s almost like you’re eating a cloud – the perfect ~palate cleanser~ for those of you who don’t like heavy, dense desserts. The shop can only seat about 8-10 people at a time so you may need to queue over the weekend.
5. Mammy Pancake
Perhaps the most well-known place for egg waffles, Mammy Pancake has a few different stores around Hong Kong. Egg waffles are one of the most iconic Hong Kong street snacks and when made right are just outrageously good: they should always be crispy on the outside and soft and spongy on the inside. I have been eating these little balls of happiness since I was in kindergarten, and I ain’t about to stop now. Mammy Pancake offers a number of flavors including original, coffee and green tea. I recently tried the Hong Kong milk tea flavor which was also truly delightful. I need a “I love egg waffles” t-shirt, pronto.
Egg waffles can be found at many street vendors and not just Mammy Pancake, but always make sure you buy the freshly made ones instead of the ones that are made and then put out on display.
6. Yan Wo Dou Bun Chong (人和荳品廠)
Don’t knock tofu pudding until you’ve tried it! The tofu pudding here is incredibly silky smooth and is a local favorite, but don’t expect 5-star service. The shop is noisy and can be overwhelming, but I would highly recommend this place for an authentic experience in Hong Kong.
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7. Xiao Tian Gu
Like Honeymoon Dessert, Xiao Tian Gu has a massive menu full of Chinese-style desserts, many featuring fresh mango. Make sure you try their almond milk sweet soup or sesame sweet soup for something different – both are served hot!
8. Yee Shun Dairy Company
The signature dessert to try at Yee Shun Dairy Company is their steamed milk pudding, or “sheung pei dun lai”. It’s almost reminiscent of a panna cotta and was first invented in Guangdong, China. It is made using egg whites, milk and sugar and the final product is a cold silky pudding. In order to eat in at the restaurant each person must order at least 1 item on the menu and meet the minimum spend, but it’s worth it – believe me!
These dessert places will satisfy your sweet tooth without making you feel like you’ve eaten a bag of sugar and dollops of heavy cream. Have you ever tried any of these Asian desserts?
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