Tong Sui or other Chinese Desserts
I'm from Montreal, coming to visit Boston for a long weekend in two weeks.
We have a lot of Chinese restaurants here but we don't have any chinese dessert places like i used to go to in Hong Kong. I'm not talking about a bakery with custard cakes and buns. Mostly traditional desserts like Tongsui (sweet soups of various kinds) or other type of desserts.
Just testing my luck :)
Whoa, there are LOTS of places to get this in Boston. Probably the widest variety is at the relatively new Bubor Cha Cha in Chinatown. This is a place that I would not recommend for food, but the desserts I've had there are excellent. I've been there several times, late at night (they're open until 2 AM) and just had desserts. The restaurant has more patrons at dinner time, it's usually fairly empty after dinner. Their eponymous dessert, Bubor Cha Cha is excellent, as is the Pulut Hitam (椰汁黑糯米).
Juice Bar, around the corner, has bubble teas, juices, and also a number of sweet dessert soups. I think that's probably the closest thing to a dessert bar.
Wing's Kitchen in Chinatown also has a nice sweet red bean soup, although I don't know that it's on the menu (comes after the meal). Wang's in Somerville, has nice sweet red bean porridge. My favorite tofu jello in syrup (dou huar) is at Chung Shin Yuan in Newton. My new favorite tang yuan is at Beijing Star in Waltham. Blue Asia in Allston makes terrific shaved ice with a variety of toppings.
Beijing Star Restaurant
835 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451
Chung Shin Yuan
183 California St, Newtonville, MA 02458
Blue Asia Cafe
113 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134
Bubor Cha Cha
45 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111
Not chinese but South East Asia in Lowell has 2 desserts on their buffet that i really enjoy. One is a cold sweet white soup with tiny tapioca balls in it, they call it thai tapioca (saku). The other is a dense sort of cake they call Laotian soy bean custard cake - really good.
There was a thread recently about the sad dearth of Chinese dessert options in the area. You can do a search to find the thread and the few recommendations offered. Overall, no dessert only place, but certain restaurants may serve or offer a few sweet offerings at the end of a meal.
Sorry, we don't have these types of places here. Not sure why no one's thought of it. I do know what you are talking about and it's one of the things I miss about Hong Kong.
If you are looking for Tongsui, you can get it gratis after dinner in many of the Chinatown's restaurants.