Hong Kong is an innovative city with creative and terrific desserts to try. If you’re like me, the first thing you do when arriving in a new city is look for the sweet spots. Literally. Hong Kong dessert shops are scattered throughout the city offering a variety of treats, from traditional HK milk pudding to new shaved ice cream. Here are the must-try desserts in Hong Kong:
1. The Egg Waffle
The Hong Kong Style Egg Waffle is a doughy, yet crispy, waffle cooked between semi-spherical balls to create bubbles. Made with an egg-based batter, it is often eaten plain, though it can also be made with flavored fillings inside of the bubbles. One of the best places to try it is at Mammy Pancakes. They have a rich chocolate flavored waffle on the menu where they actually melt chocolate chips into the batter before they cook it. For more recommendations on where to try this iconic Hong Kong dessert, check out The Culture Trip.
2. Milk Pudding
Hong Kong Milk Pudding is famous for it’s silky texture and soothing sweet flavor. You can try it cold or hot, but I prefer the hot version. There are two well-known places to try this delicious treat, The Yee Shun Milk Company and The Australia Dairy Company.
3. Sweet Soups
Have you ever thought of soup as dessert? Tong Sui, literally translated as “Sweet Water” and is the name for the popular sweet soups in Hong Kong. These soups or custards come in a variety of flavors like black sesame, tofu pudding, red bean and more. Hui Lau Shan is a Hong Kong Dessert Shop chain that sells a delicious Mango Tong Sui. A local Hong Kong resident told me it was her favorite dessert! Oh, and it is a supposedly ‘healthy’ dessert shop, so that’s a plus!
4. Egg Tart
Egg Tarts are found in almost every bakery and is offered in a lot of restaurants throughout Hong Kong. It is a simple dessert made with a flaky pastry crust and sweet egg custard baked inside. Cha Chaan Teng is the top place to try these little treats. Make sure to bring some money with you, because they only accept cash! Learn how to make your own Egg Tarts here.
5. Shaved Ice
Ice cream is taking a whole new twist with the shaved Ice trend that is ruling the Hong Kong dessert scene. While not technically originating in Hong Kong, Via Tokyo is the place to go if you want to try the best Shaved Ice. They offer a range of seasonal flavors along with popular staples such as Matcha and Hojicha. Be patient because there will probably be a line, but the reward is worth the wait!
What are your favorite sweet spots? Hong Kong Dessert shops are gaining popularity so there are always new ones to try. Make sure to taste the traditional treats as well as the newest desserts for an array of flavors!