Hong Kong: Hui Lau Shan 許留山

9 Jun

The first time I had Hui Lau Shan 許留山 in Hongkong, I thought I had died and gone to dessert heaven. There was a Hui Lau Shan franchise outlet in Singapore that had closed shortly after it opened (at International Building, do y’all remember??) but after trying it in Hong Kong, I realised why it had made such a sudden exit – the real deal tasted so much better. Though I don’t get the same satisfaction now as before (maybe the standard dropped because it became so commercialised/popular?), I still think it’s a decent place for a dessert fix, especially in the summer!

They have a rather huge dessert and drinks menu, with many featuring mango and other fruits like kiwi, honeydew, strawberries, watermelon and papaya. For the mango desserts alone, they come in permutations and combinations of mango fruit, mango syrup, mango ice cream, mango pudding, sago, mochi balls, coconut milk, etc. They also have the usual hot desserts and guiling gao but I’m sure there are other more traditional places to get them.

Being the predictable me, I usually always order the same thing though – one of their signature desserts of Mango Cubes with Mango Sorbet, Pomelo, Sago, Mango Juice and Coconut Milk. It’s probably still the best 杨枝甘露 I ever had. The mangoes they use are always so sweet and sorbet seems to be made of real mango bits that you can still spot. The whole dessert is just really tantalising and balanced in terms of sweet and sour.

The Pan Fried X.O. Radish Cake is more than decent too, if you’re craving for a salty snack to balance all that sugar.

I tried finding a better dessert shop that felt more “local” and it hasn’t been very fruitful. While Honeymoon Dessert is decent too, there aren’t that many outlets around compared to Hui Lau Shan so I still end up coming back. If you stay within the mango realm of its menu, you shouldn’t be disappointed!

Price: $
Location: 58-60 Sai Yeung Choi Rd, Mongkok, Kowloon. Many around Hong Kong.

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