26 February 2010

Mango Mania



 

One of our favorite dessert places here is Hui Lau Shan (許留山).   It’s a dessert chain across Hong Kong.  I’ve actually been stopped by a tourist once who asked me how to get to this shop, because it’s on her list of must-visit places in Hong Kong, from a tourism booklet. 

Hui Lau Shan

Many of the desserts that they serve use mangoes, fresh mangoes.  Mango shake with sago, mango shake with aloe vera, mango mochis, etc.   A look at the banner on their wall will give you an indication of the different kinds of fruits and ingredients that they use in their desserts:

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We usually go for their classic mango shakes with crystal jelly.  The kids love a bit of strawberries in theirs.  We usually buy these to-go.  But once in a while, we would actually sit down and order proper desserts like these ones here when we went a couple of weeks ago:

What Chris had - Fruit dish with nata de coco, mango and coconut ice cream.

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What the Josh and Zoë had (each!) - Fruits with mango juice, nata de coco, and glutinous rice balls.

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What I had - black sesame seed soup (芝麻糊). I know it looks gross, but trust me, it’s very fragrant, sweet and very delicious.  I once recommended this to an Australian colleague who was visiting and she exclaimed, “Ew!  It looks like tar!”  I remember that I had a similar reaction when I was first introduced to this dessert.  But I love it now.  You just have to be able to look beyond the inky black color. *grin*

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Have a good weekend, everyone!

30 COMMENTS:

Nezzy said...

Everything looks very appetizin' except for that sesame seed soup. We wouldn't touch anything that looked like that down here on the farm, forget puttin' it on our taste-buds! I do love a good mango though and the rice~ball things are interesting. Thanks for takin' us along to enjoy.

Enjoy your day, sweetie!

tattytiara said...

There's a whole chain down there devoted to desserts that features the use of fresh fruit over there? Hong Kong, you just made my must visit list!

Alicia said...

Mmmm..the fruit looks so fresh!! YUM!!!!!!!

Now I'm craving for something like that.

Is the black sesame seed soup served warm or cold?

Michelle @ Flying Giggles said...

That looks so delicious! I would probably be there all the time.

CottageGirl said...

What a place ... and it's a chain! You can actually go out to a chain dessert place and eat healthy?
I wonder how that would go over here in the US!

AND ... Black sesame seed soup is a dessert? I love toasted sesame oil ... does it taste anything like that??? (You're probably chuckling at my ignorance, but I lead a rather sheltered life!!)

Buckeroomama said...

@Nezzy - It's really tastes a whole lot better than it looks. :)

@Alicia - It can be served both hot or cold. During winter, I prefer it hot. :)

@Cottage Girl - It's more a "paste" than a soup, really. It's rather thick, sweet, and very very fragrant. To make it, the sesame seeds are toasted, so yes, it would have that toasted sesame taste. :)

Anita said...

Looks delicious...even the black soup. But I like licorice, so the black color doesn't bother me.

Keyona said...

I love mango! It all looks yum!

Stacie said...

I tried mangos for the first time last week. They are fantastic. All the desserts look yummy! I love how they have lots of fruit.

Yelena R. said...

OOoh that's my ind of dessert...with lots of fresh fruit! Today I had some tangyuan with sesame paste, so delicious!

jen@odbt said...

I love fresh mango...yum!!! What a fun place.

Sarah said...

Looks delicious! My husband would absolutely love that place!

Aunt LoLo said...

My MIL likes to serve that black sesame soup with black sesame "tong yuen." Mmmmm....

Wanda said...

It all looks delicious. And your photos are gorgeous!

Johnny said...

Black sesame? Ohhhhh, pure sweetness!

Serline said...

That black sesame seed soup is the best. Love it! Does it helps your hair to stay black?

Lindy said...

Question - why is that soup considered a dessert?

Emily said...

After looking at the pictures, it's no wonder this place is a must-visit stop on a tour through Hong Kong! Everything looks so fresh and delicious, if I'm ever in Hong Kong (no, let's say WHEN I'm in Hong Kong...some day) I'm definitely going to check it out!

Jana said...

Id totally be game for black tar, I dont know why I am so interested in crazy food. I love the beautiful fruit and rice! how yummy!

hypermom said...

Looks yummy! Will definitely go there when I visit :)

Tezzie said...

Oh, wow...my mouth was actually watering as I scrolled down...until the soup. I'll just have to take your word on it that it's yummy ;D

The Mind of a Mom said...

The soup looks very interesting, do you eat it cold or warm?

I'm NOT a VOLCANO! said...

Oooooh, that first picture looks DEVINE! I MUST go to Hong Kong now.

Janine said...

Those fruit dishes look SO yummy! I just love fruit. The soup does look a bit weird, but I'd be willing to try it! Thanks for sharing these pictures with us!

Imperfect Stepford Wife said...

I am so hungry looking at that post. The colours are so vibrant..evry nice.

Leslie said...

Since i dont know if i'll ever get to visit HOng Kong in my life your pics take me right there!! just gorgeous and YUMMMMY!

Lauralei said...

those pics sure make a person hungry - thanks :)

Karen said...

I'm now following your blog from MBC (GFC group)

I would love for you to come on by and check it out my blog :)
On the Brink de la Locura

-Karen

Rachel said...

Now I'm drooling big time just by seeing the photos... will mark down this place when I'm paying Hong Kong a visit!

Dandy said...

Well this place is definitely on my must see!! I am all over that black sesame soup. I need it in my life.

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