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Desserts & Snacks in Hong Kong

Saturday, 17 April 2010

I can easily imagine this post to be the most popular one… we certainly managed to squeeze in a lot of snacks and after-dinner-sweets in our trip. We were really struck with how soft the buns here were (I’m referring to the bread buns of course…) and I think it really helps that a lot of the things here were cooked in-store by independent shops and still nice and fresh.

Our first polo bun (or pineapple buns) from a random store in North Point, fresh from the oven. Fresh, warm and delicious. We couldn't get over how soft the bread was.

polo bun north point, hong kong

Like egg tarts, polo buns are huge in Hong Kong. A polo bun is a kind of sweet bread found everywhere in Hong Kong. The top part is sweet crunchy while the bottom part is soft and fluffy - awesome combination. Although it's called a pineapple bun, it doesn't contain any pineapples. The topping is baked to golden brown and it's checkered top resembles a pineapple, thus the name.

Another common snack you'd find is egg waffle ball 雞蛋仔, made out of egg, sugar, flour, and evaporated milk. These are crispy on the outside, soft and moist on the inside.

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Another popular snack - curry fish balls. Not a huge fan. We've tried 2 random stalls and the fish balls were not springy and the curry was a tad too powdery. Gave up after that.

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Fried fish skin from Aji Ichiban 優の良品. Crispy, fishy, tasty and not oily - delicious. Our aunt told us fried fish skin is commonly found in many Teochew (Chiu Chow) porridge/ noodle shops.

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Bought some on the way to Kau Kee restaurant. Yummy.

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桃園潮州粥麵 To Yuen Chiu Chow
中環皇后大道中威享大廈地下 G/F, V. Heun Building, Queen's Road Central, Central

Yee Shun Dairy Company

雙皮奶 Double skin steamed milk – signature dish. Very milky, smooth and soft. Much better hot as more smooth. The cold one was firmer but texture was weird - not good. Red beans added more flavour (but masked the milky taste a little).

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Look closely, you'll see a thin film on top.

豬扒飽 Pork chop bun – first one we sampled, soft bread with crunchy crust. Meat was very tasty and surprisingly tender. Really good to eat.

Yee Shun

港澳義順牛奶公司 Yee Shun Dairy Company
銅鑼灣駱克道506號地下 506 Lockhard Road, Causeway Bay

Other branches:
九龍佐敦庇利金街63號 63 Pilkem St, Jordan, Kowloon
九龍彌敦道513號地下 513 Nathan Rd, Yaumatei, Kowloon
旺角西洋菜街246-248號 246-248 Sai Yeung Choi St, Mongkok
灣仔軒尼詩道385-391號 383-385 Hennessey Road, Wan Chai

议事厅前地7号 7 Senado Square
新马路381号 381 Avenida de Almeida Rebeilo

Honeymoon Dessert

Pomelo mango sago (楊枝甘露 yong ji gum lo) – one of my favourite Chinese desserts. Very nice mango soup base with just the right amount of sago (the one we had in Venetian was 99% sago, 1% mango soup). Pomelo bits was bursting with flavour. So good we went back again.

Durian cream pancake – aromatic, rich and creamy with the distinct durian smell and flavour. Weird coloured skin though.

honeymoon dessert, hong kong

滿記甜品 Honeymoon Dessert
Shop B105B-3, Food Court, B/F Times Square, Causeway Bay
Other branches available
Official website

Hui Lau Shan Healthy Dessert

Mango pudding in mango juice with extra mango - yummy!

Stewed Bird’s Nest with Harsmar in coconut - too coconuty, which overpowered the delicate taste of bird's nest (if there's any). Had difficulty finishing this tiny thing even with 4 people.

Hui Lau Shan, hong kong

許留山 Hui Lau Shan Healthy Dessert
銅鑼灣怡和街2-6號地下3號舖 Yee Wo St, Causeway Bay
Other branches available
Official website

Yuen Kee Dessert

Famous 100 year old dessert store using a stone grinder to prepare the desserts. We sampled the black sesame, walnut with gingko nut, almondnut and red bean soups which were all sufficiently tasty but slightly watery in nature. I always imagine these soups to be rich, thick and creamy but always taste otherwise. Not a huge fan of these soups actually.

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雞蛋糕 Gai tan gou – a traditional Chinese form of sponge cake, this was light and fluffy with enough sweetness.

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源記甜品專家 Yuen Kee Dessert
西環正街32號地下 G/F, 32 Centre Street, Western District
Mon-Sun 12:00-23:00
Sheung Wan MTR station, Exit B

Hang Fa Lau Dessert

Baked sago pudding with yam paste – tastes similar to bread and butter pudding without the texture changes of the toast. Yam filling adds slightly different taste. Delicious.

Ginger milk curd – very smooth and very gingery. Made to order, so fresh. Delicious.

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Osmanthus jelly – slightly chewier than normal, good aroma of the flowers refreshing.

Black sesame soup with glutinous rice balls with black sesame filling – a bit watery. The skin of the rice balls were too thick. Not good.

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Total cost HKD100 for 4 desserts.

杏花樓甜品 Hang Fa Lau Dessert
銅鑼灣白沙道4號地下 4 Pak Sha Rd, Causeway Bay
Causeway Bay MTR station, Exit F
Other branches available

Lotus Garden

Another of my uncle’s recommendations.

Baked sago pudding with lotus seed paste – enjoyed the one I had in Hang Fa Lau so much I had to try another one. Just as good and I also prefer the lotus seed to yam.

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Ginger milk curd – very smooth and the ginger adds a nice aroma. Banana pancake – thick pancake skin with lots of whipped cream (may be nice for some), preferred the durian pancake version at Honeymoon. Osmanthus jelly with goji berries – refreshingly delicious.

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Barley and gingko nut soup – no beancurd in this version but still very refreshing not too sweet. Pomelo mango sago - very refreshing. Sweet potato soup – a tad too gingery and sweet. Glutinuous sesame balls - much better than hang fa lau.

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Steamed egg custard - very smooth, the Pigpig loved it.

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Total cost unknown but estimate about HKD30 each for 9 desserts. I think overall this was the best dessert shop we sampled as it did most of the things we ordered very well and none of the things were oversweetened.

蓮園粥麵小廚甜品 Lotus Garden
跑馬地成和道63號地下 63 Sing Woo Road, Happy Valley

Kam Wah Cafe

Polo bun – very soft and not too sweet. Ordered some with extra butter (菠蘿油 polo yau) which I thought had a strange taste but the Pigpig liked it.

Kam wah, hong kong

Egg tart - ok only. Mexican bun – also soft but could be sweeter. Some say they serve the best Mexican pau but we prefer our RotiBoy (Mexican bun with butter filling!). French toast – again I was too scared by the butter but my dad loved it, very nice with honey drizzled over.

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Overall not bad but we had better.

Total cost HKD100.

金華冰廳 Kam Wah Cafe
太子弼街47號地下 47 Bute Street, Prince Edward, Mongkok

Tai Cheong Bakery Express

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Egg tarts – supposedly Governer Chris Patten’s favourite place for egg tarts. It used shortcrust pastry which has a very strong butter taste and was a bit different for me as I’m used to puff pastry (naturally the PigPig loved it and preferred this to the puff pastry ones).

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Also recommended but was too stuffed to try - Chinese doughnuts 沙翁

泰昌餅家 Tai Cheong Bakery Express
灣仔莊士敦道74-80號地下2號舖 74-80 Johnston Road, Wanchai
Other branches available
Official website

Honolulu Coffee Shop

Egg tarts – taken away by my aunt so it wasn’t as fresh as possible by the time we got to it. Still very good to eat after reheating with nice puff pastry (apparently, it has 190+ layers) and the custard was excellent too. Probably my favourite egg tart that we sampled, and many from the link above claim that either Honolulu or Tai Cheong serves the best egg tart in HK. They have 5 outlets and sell tens of thousands a day.

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檀島咖啡餅店 Honolulu Coffee Shop
灣仔軒尼詩道176-178號地下及閣樓 G/F & Mezz Floor, 176-178 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai
中環士丹利街33號地下 G/F, 33 Stanley St, Central
Other branches available

Another bakery that serves nice egg tarts. They have both shortcrust pastry and puff pastry egg tarts:

櫻島麵包餅店 Sakurashima Bakery
旺角花園街7號地下 G/F, 7 Garden Street, Mong Kok
美孚美孚新村第二期吉利徑1-2號50號舖 Shop 50, Kuk Lei Lane, Mei Foo II, Mei Foo
灣仔灣仔道55號B地下 Shop B, G/F, 55 Wanchai Road, Wan Chai


Last minute snacking at the airport - We bought some Charsiew Polo buns from Maxim's Deluxe at the airport - really good (especially after reheating in the oven), better than the ones served at Maxim's Palace. 美心 Maxim's is everywhere in Hong Kong, from restaurants to bakeries, it is currently Hong Kong's largest food & beverage corporation and restaurant chain.

Maxim's Deluxe

Mrs. Fields Cookies


Chewy cookie is as name says. Super chewy not so nice as texture bit odd. We only tried the cookies because the PigPig kept hearing about this online and we never saw it around London. Worth a try. Available in many major MTR stations.

Other branches available

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