Monday, 5 September 2011

Cool, cool desserts in HK summer...

If you think KL is hot, think again.  Summer in Hong Kong is worse.  It's muggy, humidity is in the high 80s and temperatures stay in the 30Cs day and night.  It just doesn't let up, and the heat emissions from all the vehicles just makes it worse.  Hot air permeates every single pore in your body.  I just had to duck into every other shop for its 'free' air-conditioning to cool-off.  Cheap, I know, but what to do?  It was that, or total melt-down.  No air-con, no eats - that was my mantra and I didn't care how delish its rated to be.

It was a no-brainer to head down to Tin Hau for desserts first.  I found this little tong sui place when I stayed at L'Hotel Causeway Bay a few trips back.  We were totally bowled over by its tong sui.  Its called Ching Ching Desserts.  I only noticed later that for a little hole-in-the-wall, it had a stream of luxury cars parked outside and it's crowded.  It's now on our must-stop-to-eat-every-trip list. 

Like most HK eateries, the tables are tiny, you perch on even tinier stools and you'll be elbowing or shouldering your neighbour.  So be prepared to stack your bags on your lap if you drop by in the middle of a massive shopping haul.  Its conveniently located too - just about a 5 minutes trot from the Tin Hau MTR station.

Gluttons that we are, between the 2 of us, we ordered the walnut cream with tofu pudding, mango on tofu pudding (tau fu far) and to top it off, a half-and-half of black sesame and almond cream. We would have ordered more, but were too embarrassed.

The tofu pudding is unlike what we get in Malaysia - it's ultra smooth, but also a little more firm and bouncy.  Very nice.  The mango topping which was essentially some pureed mango and mango chunks were deliciously cold and the entire concoction just glides down effortlessly.  Not too sweet.

Tofu pudding with mango puree

Tofu pudding with walnut cream

Big Dog just loves their walnut, almond and black sesame desserts.  Regardless of the heat, he had to have them all, so he compromised with ordering the black&white which is black sesame and almond cream and having the walnut cream with tofu pudding. Sinful but oh-so-good.

Black sesame and almond cream

Ching Ching Desserts
77 Electric Road,
Tin Hau, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR : Tin Hau

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