Mijune finds out when she eats and reviews Hong Kong deserts at Hui Lau Shan desert chain in Hong Kong.
This is one of my must visit places when I am in Hong Kong. I have to visit Hui Lau Shan at least once… if not, even once everyday. This time I wanted to try other places and I was also introduced to Tong Pak Fu desserts so I had the shaved ice cream more often than Hui Lau Shan. I would prefer the shaved ice cream, but they’re completely different desserts so it’s not comparable.
Hui Lau Shan is the most popular restaurant in Hong Kong for quick and healthy desserts. It’s a massive chain restaurant and they’re everywhere. There’s even one at the Hong Kong airport. It’s very casual eats and it’s more of a sit down and eat in 15 minutes kind of place. They’re so busy all the time that it’s common to share table with other diners. This is almost the only place serving Chinese dessert that I like, and that’s because it’s barely Chinese at all.
Hui Lau Shan focuses on fresh fruit, especially mango, and sago or tapioca. They do offer some red bean, grass jelly, and black sesame traditional Chinese desserts, but it’s not their main focus. Hui Lau Shan is a great place for any time of the day. They have an extensive menu so it will take you ages to get through it, although it’s almost all variations of mango and sago.
Sago in mango and coconut juice with pomelo and mango ice cream – 5/6
It’s been a while and the menu is a bit confusing so I actually ordered the wrong thing.
My all time favourite is actually the sago in mango juice with extra mango and mango ice cream. This was still delicious and refreshing! It’s loaded with tons of fresh fruit, sweet mango, and it’s just so flavourful. Pomelo is an Asian grapefruit. It’s not as citrusy, less bitter, and more floral in flavour. I think it’s a better tasting grapefruit.
Sago or tapioca are little round clear pearl, almost like bubble tea pearls but much smaller. It’s often seen in chilled coconut tapioca you can get at Kirin Restaurant in Vancouver, BC.
It’s naturally sweet from fresh mango, slightly citrusy with the grapefruit and slightly richer and more aromatic with the added coconut milk. Whatever you get make sure you add mango ice cream. the mango ice cream here tastes like frozen mango pulp! It’s the best mango ice cream ever. Don’t miss out! The only thing similar to this in Vancouver, BC is 8 Juice at the Aberdeen food court in Richmond, and it comes nowhere close to Hui Lau Shan.
Mango Mochi with Fresh Mango - 5/6
I actually love the mango mochi here. It has a very soft and squishy mochi skin that’s rolled in coconut. You can order these mochi in 3 or in 6. They skin is chewy, but also very soft that it doesn’t require much chewing. I actually liked it better than the authentic Japanese mochi from Japanese Deli Sweets Mochi Cream.
Crystal Jelly with Mango and Mango Ice Cream – 4/6
The mango ice cream is NOT TO BE MISSED! It’s pretty much pure frozen mango pulp! You can taste the frozen fibrous strands of real mango and it’s awesome! It’s almost like sorbet and more icy than it is cream based. I don’t even know if there’s dairy in this actually. It’s creamy from the mango, but not creamy with dairy.
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