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Must Try Desserts in Hong Kong

Trying out desserts and sweet treats is a must every time we travel to a new place. We must sample at least one popular dessert. The egg waffle tends to make regular appearance in most blogs’ must try Hong Kong dessert list which is no surprise there.It’s easy on the eye and different. During our trip to HK recently, we tried the egg waffle and thought… Honkongers can do so much better than egg waffles ! So, we explored other desserts and sweet treats available in HK and did we try some awesome desserts in 4 days?? You better believe it!

Steamed Milk Pudding

First of all, what an absolute gem. The steamed milk pudding with a hint of ginger dessert was a good find. We have never seen this dessert anywhere else during our travels through Asia. The super smooth and silky milk pudding is just heavenly. This dessert is simple, not too sweet, and it is very satisfying making it the perfect ending to your meal.

Try the steamed milk pudding at the Yee Shun Milk Company 513 Nathan Road Yau Ma Tei

Hong Kong Style French Toasts

Decadent, artery-clogging yet so yummy! These Hong Kong style French Toasts is a popular menu available in Hong Kong Style Cafes (Cha Chaan Teng). Soft white bread dipped in egg batter and fried. Topped with thick slices of butter and drizzled with condensed milk or a dollop of kaya (coconut spread). This iconic dish is definitely a HK must try!

Try Hong Kong Style French Toasts at Capital Café, Shop B1, G/F, Kwong Sang Hong Building 6 Heard Street, Wan Chai.


Tong Sui

Literally translated as sugar water. These Cantonese specialty desserts are either served warm or chilled. There is a huge variety of tong suis, incorporating ingredients ranging from black sesame to mung beans.  The one pictures is a chilled coconut custard served with rock melon and tapioca pearls. Fantastic to try on a hot afternoon. You can find tong Sui anywhere in HK, we stayed in Mongkok for this trip and there were 5 dessert shops selling Tong sui behind our hotel.


Egg Tarts

Hongkongers takes their egg tarts seriously. While, you see egg tarts being sold everywhere in HK,  they are different than your English custard tart or the Portuguese egg tart. HK egg tarts have delicate pastry and the custard is cooked to a just nice consistency. We tried our HK egg tarts from the crème de la crème of egg tart makers – the Tai Cheong Bakery.

Try the egg tarts from Tai Cheong Bakery 35 Lydhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong (on the way to PMQ)


Mango Drinks/Dessert

This is not bubble tea. This is more like water melon/kiwi/mango juice mix with random cool toppings. It is great on a warm day and it is very delicious, however a bit too sweet

Try the exciting Mango drinks at Hui Lau Shan – available in most major shopping area


Tau Foo Fah

Very similar in texture to the steamed milk pudding. Tau Foo Fah however, is made from Soy Bean. This is a good HK dessert to try if you are a vegan. This is a dessert Ida holds close to her as she grew up eating this. The silky tofu pudding is served with either white sugar or brown sugar syrup. It can be eaten chilled or warm. Available everywhere in HK , if you like something sweet in moderation, the simplicity of Tau Foo Fah will do the job just fine.


Melon Pan Ice Cream

Japanese sweet bun popular in HK.  It is called Melon Pan due to its resemblance to the rock melon fruit and they don’t taste like one. Its sweet with awesome crusty top layer. The best way to eat Melon Pan? As a Melon Pan Ice cream! Warm freshly baked Melon Pan with Vanilla Ice cream and Melon Pan rusk.



Another Japanese/French style sweet treats. Smuki is a crispy choux type pastry filled with flavoured custard.  Their popular flavours include plain custard, banana and durian!

Try Smuki along the Sai Yeung Choi St. South, Mong Kok


HK Style Western Desserts

Hipster cafes / western dessert café are everywhere in HK . Furthermore, they are quite creative with their Western dessert. If you don’t feel like HK desserts, there are plenty of Western inspired desserts to try. The one we tried below was an Ovaltine chocolate pudding with ice cream, sprinkled with Cocoa Pops.



Even after 4 days of eating HK desserts, we have not even scratch the surface. Just so much more to sample.

Do you have any favourites? any suggestion for our next HK trip? Drop us a line!

Travel Tips

  • Good thing with HK, they tend to have their menu description in English and Cantonese. Most of the time the picture of the food.
  • Some of the older HK establishment are more of an  ‘eat, pay and go’ . While they are nice and accommodating, don’t also expect to sit and take 50 artsy photos of your food . Especially while people are waiting outside lining up to get in.
  • It is not customary to tip.

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