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Desserts

Desserts

Many Hong Kongers, every now and then, take time from the rush of urban life to enjoy the rush of sugar in the city’s dessert shops. Everything from light traditional Chinese desserts, rich Western temptations and – of course – Hong Kong fusions are served day and night. Take a break from your to-do list to enjoy something sweet, and watch the residents of Asia’s world city doing the same.

What to order?

Desserts can be found in all kinds of restaurants and there are many that just specialise in sweets. Take a look at the following suggestions to get an idea of what’s available:

Sweet red bean soup

This is a typical traditional Chinese dessert, many of which can be eaten like a soup. It is pleasantly sweet and relatively light. It can be served cold or hot, depending on the season.

Sweet red bean soup

Tofu pudding

Made with a soft tofu, this pudding is traditionally served with sweet ginger or clear syrup. It is now also commonly paired with red bean soup, coconut milk and a slew of other imaginative ingredients.

Tofu pudding

Tangyuan

A kind of sweet rice dumpling, tangyuan are often eaten at family gatherings during festivals as the name sounds like ‘family reunion’. The dumplings are made from glutinous rice flour and will have a sweet filling, such as sesame, peanut or sweet bean paste, and are served in a sweet soup, often made with sweet potato and ginger.

Tangyuan

White fungus and pear soup

This is a popular winter dessert. The ingredients are placed in a bowl which is then immersed in water in a larger container and stewed for several hours. The result is a warming and wholesome dessert. Many believe it helps nourish the skin.

White fungus and pear soup

Mango pudding

Mostly made using agar, fresh mangoes, evaporated milk and sugar, mango pudding is a mainstay of Hong Kong dessert menus. A fusion of Southeast Asian and local styles, mango pudding is served cold and has a light and creamy texture.

Mango pudding

Durian desserts

Hong Kong’s dessert shops have taken durian – an import from Southeast Asia – and worked it into a myriad of combinations, including durian ice cream, durian sorbet and durian slush drinks.

Food columnist and TV and radio host, Michelle Loo, recommends the Super Durian Slush Drinks at Auntie Sweet:

Durian desserts
Auntie Sweet
Address: G/F, 13 Tsing Fung Street, Tin Hau, Hong Kong Island
Tel: +852 2508 6962
 How to get there: MTR Tin Hau Station, Exit A2

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