Hong Kong dumpling / dessert crawl: suggested itineraries?
Hello HK Chowhounders!
My husband and I will be spending two weeks in Hong Kong, June 6-June 20, and two of the things we definitely want to do are a dumpling crawl and a dessert crawl.
I know there are plenty of threads on the board about "best" dumplings and "best" desserts, but we're really not looking for Michelin-rated eateries. We've been living in Africa for the past year, and normally live in Boston (if you peruse the Boston board, you will find the many complaints about the lack of a decent patisserie), so we are really just looking for a variety of delicious, affordable desserts and dumplings.
Particularly, please advise on where the greatest density of good dumpling places and good dessert places would be, and what would be your suggested itinerary for hitting up the great spots?
1) For the dumpling crawl: We are speaking broadly about dumplings - fried jiaozi, wonton noodles, xiaolongbao, funguo - anything! What would be a good itinerary (places within walking distance of each other)? We don't mind walking a lot!
2) For the dessert crawl: We are looking for both Asian and Western desserts, and a variety of dessert types would be nice (Cantonese bakery, black sesame soup, decadent chocolate mousse cake/French-style pastries, frozen yogurt/mango desserts, etc.). What area of the city has a high concentration of good dessert places, and what would be your suggested itinerary?
Thanks so much! We are very much looking forward to our eating adventures!
Oh, what great timing I just recently went to Auntie Sweet for dessert and I had a durian tofu fa, it's good if you really like durian like me. But what I really liked was this tong yuen that is their specialty which is a peanut butter and chocolate filling. Surprisingly not overly sweet.
I also like the custard tong yuen at Chung Kee, especially the one in green tea wrapping. They also have durian pancakes which are very pungent.
I'm sorry I can't be more helpful, I've been in a tong yuen kick during my visit so that's all I remember mostly.
For desserts (Chinese/Western), I'd say Causeway Bay has the highest concentration, stretching from Sogo to Times Square.
It's hard to do a dessert crawl in HK for a couple of reasons.
First, most places want you to have a full snack or meal so just getting a couple of small items to share is frowned upon and possibly not allowed. Second, some of the best desserts are found at full-service restaurants so just going for the dessert might again be frowned upon and possibly not allowed.
Nonetheless, here are my recommendations. Note that I've only included Chinese ones since the best Western ones by far are still in places like US and Europe. I've also marked my absolute favorites with ***:
Fook Lam Moon 福臨門
(1) Bird's nest stewed in coconut milk 椰盅燉燕窩 ***
(2) Walnut paste soup 合桃露 ***
Lei Garden 利苑酒家
(1) Mango gigi, which is sago and pomelo in mango cream 楊枝甘露
Lung King Heen 龍景軒
(1) Mango gigi, which is sago and pomelo in mango cream 楊枝甘露 ***
(2) Baked egg custard puff 奶皇酥 ***
Sang Kee Restaurant 生記海鮮飯店
(1) White rice cake 白糖糕
Luk Yu Tea House 陸羽茶室
(1) Steamed sesame bun 麻蓉包 ***
(2) Almond paste soup 杏仁露
Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐
(1) Steamed red bean dumpling 豆沙小包 ***
Fook Yuen 福元湯圓
(1) Peanut dumpling in ginger soup 花生湯圓 ***
(1) Egg puffs 雞蛋仔 ***
(2) Waffle sandwich with peanut butter, sweetened condensed milk, and granulated sugar 格仔餅
Australia Dairy Company 澳洲牛奶公司
(1) Steamed milk 燉奶
(2) White toast with sweetened condensed milk 奶油多
(3) HK style milk tea (hot) 奶茶
Kam Fung Restaurant 金鳳茶餐廳
(1) HK style milk tea (cold) 凍奶茶 ***
(2) Baked pineapple bun 菠蘿油
Tai Cheong Bakery 泰昌餅家
(1) Egg tarts 蛋撻 ***
Lan Fong Yuen 蘭芳園
(1) Yin Yeung, which is a combination of HK style milk tea and coffee 鸳鸯 ***
(2) HK style milk tea (hot) 奶茶
Thanks, all! These are great suggestions. I would be interested to hear a bit more about Western-style desserts as well. As I stated, we've been living in Africa for a year and we will be returning to Boston in the U.S., and I know that Hong Kong has better patisseries than Boston!
Again, not looking for the most expensive - just some nice places where we could even get a cake to go (like Tony Wong's), but in close proximity to other good dessert places. I think those types of stores would not frown upon sharing a couple desserts and then leaving.
We will look into the Causeway Bay suggestion! Thanks all!
Great Chinese dessert list h_k_f!! To that I would just like to add one more.
Yan Toh Heen's 'Seasame 'Jin Dui' with egg custard and fresh pineapple filling!! Sooooo good!
Crispy and chewy outer shell with small pieces of fresh pineapple adding an interesting and refreshing twist to the traditional egg custard filling.
For a totally different dessert experience, do give this 'Jordan' dessert place a try! Packed everynight, the traditional and 'fusion' desserts are very tasty and good ( photos posted in next post )
For your 'dumpling crawl', here are some suggestions and examples:
'Shui Gow' prawn dumplings from Mak Man Kee
Won ton noodles from Mak An Kee
Pan Fried 'Bao' from Liu Yuan Pavilion
Xiao Lung Bao ( pork or crab meat ) from Din Tai Fung ( 1* )
Har Gow from Sun Tung Lok ( 3* ), Fu Sing, Tim Ho Won ( 1* )
Pea shoot/seafood dumplings from Yan Toh Heen ( 1* )
Beef and Chinese preserved vegetables pot-stickers from Yan Toh Heen ( 1* )
* denotes Michelin Star