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.
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:
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.
What the Josh and Zoë had (each!) - Fruits with mango juice, nata de coco, and glutinous rice balls.
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*
Have a good weekend, everyone!