Hong Kong

Guide to Classic Hong Kong Style Dessert

Mango Tofu Pudding at Honeymoon Dessert
Mango Tofu Pudding at Honeymoon Dessert (Flickr/ Karendotcom127)
We all know Hong Kong is a food paradise, but did you know that it’s a dessert heaven too? KKday shows you the different desserts Hong Kong has to offer from the traditional to the hot and cold ones.

Mango Pomelo Dessert
Mango Pomelo Dessert (Flickr/ liminchiu)

1. Every bowl of dessert has its own benefits

Longan and Egg Dessert known to deal with insomnia
Longan and Egg Dessert known to deal with insomnia Flickr/ Pooi Wang Chan

Desserts are more than just random ingredients thrown and boiled together in a sugar syrup; they are made with specially selected seasonal ingredients that have properties beneficial for you! For instance, Red Bean Soup helps with blood circulation and enriches the blood.

2. Difference between hot and cold

Yin & Yang, Almond paste mixed with Sesame paste
Yin & Yang, Almond paste mixed with Sesame paste (Flickr/ Ray Yu)

Ever wondered why an exact same bowl of dessert with the same ingredients tastes differently when we consume the hot or cold version? That’s because of the differing level of sweetness in the hot and cold desserts. Hot desserts taste sweeter than the cold ones because the temperature of the dessert has a direct impact on our taste buds, affecting the level of sweetness.

3. Different types of sugar used

White Fungus Snow Pear Dessert
White Fungus Snow Pear Dessert (Flickr/ Alpha)

Different types of sugar are used for various desserts in Hong Kong. White sugar is one of the most commonly used sugar in their desserts. Each type of sugar has a distinct taste and colour which compliments and brings out the flavour. For instance, rock sugar is used in White Fungus Bird’s Nest, giving it a clear and colourless sugar syrup whereas brown sugar is used in Sweet Potato Dessert for the intense flavour and aroma.

Sweet Potato Dessert (Flickr/ Benan)

Desserts can cheer you up on a bad day and the best thing about desserts is that it can be eaten at any time of the day – as an afternoon snack, after meals or even supper! Have you had your dessert fix yet?

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