You know a date is going exceptionally well when, instead of parting ways after your meal, you seek out a tong sui dessert shop to keep talking late into the night. Here are a few shortcuts to kick off your next late-night love story.
Gai Gai Dessert | 佳佳甜品
Gai Gai Dessert started out as a dai pai dong in Jordan, later moving in to a proper street shop. The popular hangout will satisfy all of your traditional Chinese sweet soup cravings, with a comprehensive menu featuring sesame soup (芝麻糊), almond soup (杏仁露), red bean soup (紅豆沙) and more. Having a hard time to choose? Try these signatures from the Michelin-recommended restaurant: strong ginger and sweet potato desserts soup (濃薑蕃薯糖水), sweet dumplings in ginger soup (寧波薑汁湯丸) and walnut sweet soup (合桃露).
G/F, 121-123 Parkes Street, Jordan, 2384-3862. Open: Noon-4am.
Luk Lam Dessert | 綠林甜品
The king of the Sham Shui Po dessert scene, Luk Lam is a bit quirkier than other restaurants on this list. While offering absolutely delicious common soups like sesame soup (芝麻糊), red bean soup (紅豆沙) and mango pomelo sago (楊枝甘露), Luk Lam also makes unusual ones like chestnut soup (生磨栗子粒露) and the very traditional pearl barley porridge (麥米粥). There really is no shortage of choices — there is even a section featuring new-style desserts like tofu pudding (豆腐布甸), made fresh every day at the store.
77-79 Un Chau Street, Sham Shui Po, 2361-4205. Open: 3pm-1:30am.
Yuen Kee Dessert | 源記甜品專家
Established over 100 years ago in 1855, the historical Yuen Kee is the place to go for a taste of old Hong Kong, decorated with wooden bing sutt-style booths and traditional Cantonese bowls. The menu is also rather traditional, most famous for its mulberry mistletoe tea (桑寄生茶) — said to be able to boost kidney functions and promote blood flow — and the egg sponge cake (雞蛋糕), which is supposed to pair with the mulberry mistletoe tea. Don’t forget to try out their other traditional sweet soups such as sesame (芝麻糊) and almond soup (杏仁露), which is made using a stone grind still!
32 Centre Street, Western District, 2548-8687. Open: Noon-11:30pm
Chiu Chow Hop Shing Dessert | 潮州合成甜品
The ever-popular Kowloon City restaurant is Hong Kong’s best-known Chiu Chow desserts place. Chiu Chow desserts is not only delicious, it’s also fun — because it’s all about mixing and matching your own tong sui! While Hop Shing does suggest combos, you can basically choose from tons of ingredients — from glutinous rice balls (湯圓), mung beans (綠豆邊), lotus seeds (蓮子), dried persimmon (杮餅) and silky beancurd sheets (腐竹) to the signature ching sum yuen (清心丸)which is said to have cooling properties. The long list of signatures also include water chestnut sweet soup (馬蹄沙) and black glutinous rice (黑糯米).
9 Lung Kong Road, Kowloon City, 2383-3026. Open: 12:30pm-1am.
Cong Sao Star Dessert | 聰嫂私房甜品
If you’re bored with traditional tong sui, you should head to Cong Sao, which specializes in newer but still distinctively Hong Kong desserts featuring mango, coconut, durian, jellies and black glutinous rice, and more. Do not leave, however, without trying their insanely popular shaved ice like icy longan with sago (龍眼椰果冰) and durian ice (榴槤水晶珠). But consider yourself warned: lining up is almost guaranteed during dessert hours.
11 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, 2278-2622. Open: 12:30pm-12:30am.
Yee Shun Dairy Company | 義順牛奶公司
Another classic dessert stop — an import from Macau — is steamed milk puddings from Yee Shun Dairy Company, which originated in our twin SAR. Their most popular offerings is the double-skin steamed milk pudding (雙皮奶), which comes with a sheet of solid milk on top and a runny, milky pudding underneath. The steamed egg pudding (冰花燉蛋) is sweeter and thicker, but the most unusual is perhaps the ginger milk pudding (薑汁撞奶), which is made by pouring warm milk into ginger juice — a perfect, warming option for the winter.
506 Lockhard Road, Causeway Bay, 2591-1837. Open: Noon-Midnight.
Kung Wo Dou Bun Chong | 公和荳品廠
Incredibly siky and fragrant tofu fa (豆腐花), paired with brown sugar and a little bit of ginger syrup — straight up one of the most comforting Hong Kong experiences. For the best tofu fa, head to Kung Wo Dou Bun Chong, which has been making soybean products for over 100 years. Ever since it opened, the institution has been uses the same age-old technique to make its signature tofu fa. A variety of other soybean products — a wide range including soymilk (豆漿), stir-fried tofu (煎豆腐) and stuffed tofu (釀豆腐) — are equally beloved.
18 Pei Ho Street, Sham Shui Po, 2386-6871. Open: 7am-9pm.
Fook Yuen | 福元湯圓
Sweet dumpings (湯圓) — a very important food in Chinese culture for it symbolizes togetherness — is Fook Yuen’s specialty. The Fortress Hill restaurant makes its own sweet dumplings every day, which are famous for being extra thin and smooth, stuffed with lots of rich and creamy peanut or sesame fillings that are also made in store to ensure quality. There are also many traditional desserts to choose from — red beans soup, sesame soup, walnut soup and more — which serve as a base for the famous dumplings.
Lei Do Building, 7 Fuk Yuen Street, North Point, 3106-0129. Open: 2pm-1am.
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