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Top 5 Dessert Spots in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has a vibrant food scene, bursting with more than 60 Michelin-starred eateries. Undoubtedly one of Asia’s culinary capitals, as you navigate through the maze of alleys and street corners, you’ll easily find food offerings that bear both traditional and modern influences, as well as local and western flavours. Here, we uncover some of the top dessert shops in Hong Kong – from the local traditional desserts ‘Tong Shui’ to the modern menus of hipster joints serving up the same gastronomic experiences.

Eat With Me

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If this is the first time you’re setting eyes on this iconic Hong Kong dessert, it’s sure to pique your interest. Made by hand pouring smooth batter onto a heated case of iron mould, it looks oddly like a magnified sheet of bubble wrap. As you bite through the crispy shell, you’ll be led to its sweet, chewy centre. You may choose to eat it plain, or select from classic flavours of chocolate and kaya (coconut jam) although some innovative stalls also offer a generous topping of whipped cream and even fried chicken! This dish is not hard to find – you’ll easily find them peppered along the city streets!

Address: Shop D, G/F, Nga Chi Building, No. 12 Sze Pei Square, Tsuen Wan, New Territories

Via Tokyo

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This spot received the Best New Restaurant in 2014 and is widely known to be the go-to spot for the best matcha desserts in town. Via Tokyo serves up authentic Japanese sweets including delicate pastries and soft serves made from premium Kyoto matcha powder and Hokkaido milk. The most popular dish here is easily the waffle cup with three flavours of ice cream – Hokkaido milk, matcha and black sesame. My favourite was the dense black sesame flavour which paired beautifully with the chewy rice balls, candied chestnut and red bean paste.

Address: Shop nos. 1A-1B, G/F., Leishun Court, 106-126 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay

Tsui Wah

Condensed Milk Bun

Tsui Wah is a tea restaurant, or more fondly known as cha chaan teng (Cantonese) by locals. This Hong Kong style diner has transformed from its humble beginnings become a listed Hong Kong company with almost 70 cha chan teng branches across densely populated cities including Hong Kong, China, Macau and even Singapore. This casual Hong Kong style diner is famous for its Hong Kong style milk tea with a crispy and a buttered dome-shaped bun generously drizzled with saccharine condensed milk. Your sweet tooth will thank you.

Address: G/F-2/F, 15-19 Wellington St., Central
Opening Hours: Daily 24 Hours
Phone: +852 2525 6338

Yee Shun Dairy Company

Soft and silky steamed milk puddings, or shuang pi nai (双皮奶), are prized in Cantonese cuisine, and no one does it better than Yee Shun Dairy Company. This popular dessert has its early origins in neighbouring city of Guangzhou and these bowls of snowy-white custards can be eaten plain, or lightly drizzled with ginger syrup, and it can be eaten hot or cold.

Address: 513 Nathan Rd, Yau Ma Tei

Tai Cheong Bakery Egg Tarts

Egg tarts (蛋撻) are arguably the most iconic traditional sweet treat in Hong Kong. Although readily available in most bakeries and a regular on the menus of dim sum restaurants, many locals and tourists still brave the obscure location to visit the famous Tai Cheong Bakery. The visual cue that you have arrived might be the wavy line of tourists spilling out of the shop and onto the pavement, all for the famed smooth egg custard is cradled by a shell of buttery crust. Our recommendation is to eat the freshly baked gems fresh out of the oven, right outside the store!

Address: G/F, 35 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central

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