Monday, November 17, 2008

Desserts, Hong Kong

Other than main meals in Hong Kong, there's obviously desserts for the in between meals :)
Those I've patronised this time round are all famous and have branches all over Hong Kong..

Hui Lau San for some mango desserts..
Well, they do serve other types of desserts, but I prefer mangoes, so it's always mangoes for me :) Had some mango ice cream with cubed mangoes, pureed mangoes and jelly. Alas, it's not as tasty as what I had a couple of years back. The ice cream was coarse and had chunky icy bits. Mangoes were not as sweet too :(

Hang Fa Lau, famed for tong sui and snacks...
We had some steamed milk..

Not recommended for those who cant take milky stuff. Texture was rather similar to tau foo fah, but slightly more solid and ends with a creamy note.
Also had some Ginger Milk Curd (zhong nai- directly translate as (ginger) collides with milk)
As you can guess from it's name, Ginger Milk Curd is created by pouring ginger soup into fresh milk at a specific temperature. The result? The milk solidifies and you get a ultra smooth dessert with a hint of spice (from the ginger).It's a popular dessert in Hang Fa Lau as they make it fresh, unlike some dessert stalls that have it made and chilled beforehand. I really love this dessert, its even better than tau foo fah! So, so smooth, once I scooped a spoonful of ginger milk curd and let the velvet slither down my throat, my mouth temperature immediately breaks the curd and it became liquid in seconds. Heavenly.

We also had Chestnut cake..something very common in Hong Kong..

I had mine from Maxim's, their version was below average. The chestnut 'cream' was dry and rather hard, the mango cake at the base of the cake was dry too.
The reason I was at Maxim's? Well, I love their Almond Flakes (original flavour only!). Buttery, fragrant, flaky pastry fingers topped with sweet almond flakes. Once pop, you cant stop. Really addictive stuff. Yummy yummy.
Hoi Thien Thong (or sounds like that)..
It's supposedly more famed for gui ling gao and those bitter herbal concoction.
Amy and I didn't feel like those (except for SF), so we tried the Walnut Paste
Creamy and smooth, walnut taste was very, very mild. I prefer Peanut Paste as it's more fragrant.
Amy's Black Sesame Paste was much better..
Smooth and creamy, it was also very flavourful...not too sweet and had a dash of saltiness.
My overall fave from all the above? It's gotta be Ginger Milk Curd.
One more bowl please!

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Anonymous jason said...

I don't like ginger wor. I think I'll settle with mango and pomelo?

17 November, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

jason, you should try la. just subtle hints, you'll like it. no slices or even bits of ginger in it :p

17 November, 2008  
Blogger Precious Pea said...

One more bowl for me too!!!!!!

17 November, 2008  
Anonymous Life for Beginners said...

You know what will really be nice? A yin-yang mix of the Peanut Paste and the Black Sesame Paste. A Heavenly Balance! ;)

18 November, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

pea: oh yea baby!

kenny: ooh, i've never tried that combo before.. nice i presume?

18 November, 2008  
Blogger "Joe" who is constantly craving said...

the zhong nai is damn good..miss it..esp with the block nose i m having now..HK wait for me this may!

18 November, 2008  
Blogger J2Kfm said...

the ginger langgar susu is GREAT stuff! but i had mine at Yishun though.

why here cannot find eh? not even siong pei nai (Steamed Milk).

agreeed Hui Lau Shan's a bit over-rated and over-priced.

18 November, 2008  
Blogger Nic (KHKL) said...

hang fa lau got the best vegetable rice and beef roll with enoki mushrooms!!! lurve 'em!

oh, maxim's tuna buns (the grey ones) are good too!

18 November, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

joe: you'll be there very soon! :) can eat as many bowls as you like

j2kfm: yes, delish! i read in a mag that hang fa lau's good for zhong nai while yishun's yums for steamed milk. hui lau san used to be good, but quality now is just average :(

nic: oh really? i was at HFL about 11 pm, so we could only take desserts :(. maxim's tuna buns? will try that when i'm back in HK next time :)

19 November, 2008  
Anonymous ck lam said...

All the varieties looks good...especially the Ginger Milk Curd which is hardly seen here.

19 November, 2008  
Blogger Last-of-the-Dragon said...

where is this hang fa lou

19 November, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

ck lam: dont think i've seen any ginger milk curd here before. it's delish, wish i can have a bowl now :(

dragon girl: the one i had was in central, just at the bottom of the escalator stretch at soho. anyways, here's a link that list out all the branches of hang fa lau

19 November, 2008  
Blogger CUMI & CIKI said...

helo helo! dropping by to say hi and black sesame paste is my ALL time fav! nice one:)

20 November, 2008  
Blogger mimid3vils said...

Those tonnes of dessert definitely can satisfy a sweet tooth like me huh ~~ ^.^

21 November, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

cumi&ciki: hihi! thanks for popping by :) do come back often!

mimid3vils: most definitely! you'll be in seventh heaven there!

21 November, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there, just to let you in that Canton-I's got the ginger milk custard at RM8 each :)

07 January, 2009  
Blogger sc said...

anon: really? thanks so much for the info :) shall try it soon, hope it's as good as the one i had in HK

08 January, 2009  

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