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Cong Sao Star Dessert – Excellent Hong Kong Style Desserts In Causeway Bay

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Lau Dec 9, 2012 03:11 PM

**For full post and pics**: https://www.lauhound.com/2012/12/cong-sao-star-dessert-excellent-hong-kong-style-desserts-in-causeway-bay/

I’ve been meaning to come to Cong Sao (聰嫂私房甜品) for a long time, but every time I’ve tried to go there was a very long line, so I never ended up going. However, on this trip I met up with a friend and made sure to go at an off hour and luckily there was a table available immediately.

Hong Kong style desserts generally fall into two categories; one is the old school stuff that old people eat, which you can see an example of here (https://www.lauhound.com/2012/09/leaf-dessert-a-great-old-school-dai-pai-dong-chinese-dessert-specialist-in-central-hong-kong/) and the other is newer style desserts which is what Cong Sao serves. These desserts are quite a bit different than American desserts with lots of mango, durian, jellies, soups and puddings as opposed to cookies and cakes etc. I’m a big fan of both styles of desserts and it’s difficult to find good versions in the US, so I always make it a point to get these when I’m in Hong Kong.

- Durian Pancake: This is a thin crepe-like pancake that is filled with a very light and sweet crème and durian (mango is the other fruit that they usually make this with as well). I believe the original Honeymoon Dessert in Sai Kung invented these although I’m not 100% sure about that. However, I remember in the early 2000s going to Honeymoon in Sai Kung before it became a big chain and people raving about these there and it sounded like it was something they invented. Anyhow, the version here is excellent. The pancakes are thin and just slightly chewy which I like. The crème is light and not too sweet and it pairs really well with durian. Now obviously you have to like durian although the durian here is not super strong, so I think even those who don’t really like durian would be okay with this. If you don’t like durian I’d recommend getting the mango. 9/10

- Mango Tapioca in Coconut Milk: This is pretty simple; it’s chunks of mango in an ice cold soup of coconut milk with tapioca in it. I like this dessert a lot, the combo of mango and coconut milk is really good and mangos just taste a lot better in Asia than they do in the US, they are much sweeter and have better flavor and texture. They made the coconut milk a bit sweeter than I prefer, but still good overall although there are dessert places in HK that definitely have better versions that the one here. 8.25/10

- Mango Sago with Grass and Mango Jelly in Coconut Milk: I’ll admit that sago looks like some weird alien egg or eyeballs, so sorry if they gross anyone out (my gf thought it looks really gross). This was like the prior dessert except not served as cold and it had sago and grass and mango jelly in it. Sago is made from palm stems, which you can read about here in this wiki article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sago. They don’t taste like much, but they do give a nice texture. I’d say the same about the jellies. While similar to the other dessert, I like the textural aspect of this one a bit better. 8.5/10

- Black Sesame Glutinous Rice Balls: These are called tang yuan in Chinese and they are probably one of my favorite Chinese deserts. They are glutinous rice balls filled with ground up black sesame with sugar in a hot sweet ginger soup. They taste just like they sound, but I also really love the texture of the super soft rice dough with the crunch of the sesame and sugar. The tang yuan here quite good with nice flavor and texture, but the soup was a too gingery for me as it was very strong. 8.0/10.0 (8.5/10 for the tang yuan, 7.5/10 for the soup

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Overall, the pancake was really good and the other desserts were solid although not the best versions I’ve had in HK. I would like to come back as some of the desserts that other customers were eating looked great.

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    YSL Dec 10, 2012 06:54 AM

    Nice report. Have you been to Auntie Sweet in Tin Hau? That was my go to dessert house when I was in HK recently..

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      Lau Dec 10, 2012 07:10 AM

      thanks

      re: Auntie Sweet: no i havent been there, ill give it a try next time i'm there. what did you like the best? (i've got this on-going list of places to eat in HK which i keep updated)

      i remember going to a really good dessert place on electric road over in tin hau many years ago, but this was probably like 2007 far before i had my blog. that was actually the last time i was in tin hau except maybe once to go to sister wah a couple of years ago

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        YSL Dec 13, 2012 02:24 AM

        There are plenty of dessert places in Tin Hau, but Auntie Sweet is ALWAYS busy. They're quite well known for their durian pancakes - Think the owner used to work in TVB so there's plenty of photos of stars from TVB adorning the walls.

        I liked pretty much everything I tried there - From the black sesame dessert to the mango, sago and coconut milk. That said, I also loved the nata de cacao and the grass jelly there - Both things I can't get of such high quality in the UK. Oh, and the instant tofu dessert was good fun and tasty.

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          Lau Dec 13, 2012 06:01 AM

          sounds like my kind of place...def going on the list

          ill do a sister wah + auntie sweet mission next time im there

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            YSL Dec 13, 2012 09:14 AM

            Apologies, it's not the durian pancake they're known for, it's the durian tofu fa

            http://travel.cnn.com/hong-kong/eat/b...

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              Lau Dec 13, 2012 09:44 AM

              actually funny enough i think cong sao is known for this too, i just didnt realize it until i saw a bunch of people ordering it

              been meaning to go to 五代同堂 on this list, i heard its good

    2. K K Dec 10, 2012 12:13 PM

      Cool, thanks! Might drop by to check in out in 3 weeks...

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        Lau Dec 10, 2012 12:30 PM

        the pancake was def worth checking out

        btw i'm not 100% sure i was ordering the right stuff, i'm sort of blanking on what it was right now, but there were alot of locals getting the same stuff (which i did not order) like their whole table had it, maybe it was the mango or durian pudding...anyhow i'd check with them when you go there what's best (i was specifically there for those pancakes)

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