I love desserts. Desserts are colorful, cheerful and delightful. Yes, all kinds of desserts, especially those from Asia. I wrote about Indonesian and Thai desserts recently and they have increased my appetite for more. So, I thought, why not Hong Kong (style) desserts? Afterall, Hong Kong has a great variety of food and desserts for its visitors so much so that many have spread overseas. You can now find Hong Kong (style) desserts in China, Singapore, Chinatowns in the U.S., Canada and Australia.
Hong Kong desserts orignated in Hong Kong. They differ from those in China. Some small enterprising individuals began serving these desserts decades ago and they are normally found in tiny outlets where tables normally do not exceed 10 small tables. They are highly popular and have sprung up in many parts of Hong Kong. These desserts are no longer cheap, imho. Some from Hui Lao Shan can fetch as much as HK$50 or more (that’s about US$6 or more) which is in fact almost double the price of a bowl of noodle in this part of the world! Yet, the traffic in these outlets kept increasing and dessert lovers have gotten used to these delicious sweets that they can’t go without!
Hong Kong desserts can simply be categorised into 2 types:
The Traditional Desserts
The New Recipes
These desserts may also be served hot or cold. Some can be eaten both ways, depending on your liking
The Traditonal desserts
These are desserts which can be found both in restaurants and dim sum places. Known in Hongkong as Tongsui, they may be in the form of tarts, puddings or soups. Some of the popular Hong Kong Tongsui are:
My personal favorites are Walnut cream or soup, Tofu pudding (Douhua) & Mango pudding.
Steamed Egg Custard
Tofu Pudding & Mango Pudding
The New Recipes
These are recent ly spurned desserts by famous outlets like Hui Lao Shan & Honeymoon Dessert. Most of them are fruit based, especially Mango and Durian. I love them because I love these 2 tropical fruits and these desserts are well presented and taste awesome as well.
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