During my last trip to Hong Kong, I was on a hunt for sweet treats in Hong Kong – the desserts, cakes and ice cream, and had some good and surprising finds.
What I used was OpenSnap to help find and navigate my way around. Of course this would be great for use in Singapore, and 7 other countries as well.
OpenSnap is where you can have access to full OpenRice restaurant information. The difference is, you can find nearby restaurants by photos, store food photos in the app (and free up phone memory space). Really easy to use.
10 Must-Go Places In Hong Kong For Sweet Treats
Shop nos. 1A-1B, G/F., Leishun Court, 106-126 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay
The highest ranked dessert place on Open Rice, and awarded Best New Restaurant by them in 2014. Possibly the must-go place for matcha fans. Via Tokyo serves Japanese desserts, pastries and soft serves made with Kyoto matcha powder and Hokkaido milk. If you want the best of three worlds, get the 3-flavoured Waffle Cup (HK$55) which also includes Royal Milk Tea soft serve and a mix of shiratama.
5/F, CS Tower, 50 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan
I won’t have come across this tea café if not for Open Snap, and was really glad I found it (amidst being located in the 5th storey of an inconspicuous building). Sinmei serves traditional tea in a modern setting, with many desserts made from green tea, such as matcha cheesecake and matcha lava cake. Its Matcha Sizzling Brownie with ice cream with matcha sauce poured over was a dessert sensation, not overly sweet with a touch of tea-bitterness.
Hui Lau Shan
Many locations. Including 58-60 Sai Yeung Choi Street, Mong Kok
Hui Lau Shan is possibly Hong Kong’s most visible dessert store, known for their ‘kwai ling ko’ and mango treats. Because it is also located at the airport, it has become the first thing I eat in Hong Kong for several of my trips there, especially the cold Mango Sago Pomelo, with coconut milk topped with a big scoop of ice cream.
Yee Shun Diary Company
G/F., 506 Lockhard Road, Causeway Bay
One of Hong Kong’s quintessential dessert, the Steamed Milk which is all smooth, wobbly, creamy, silky that slides down the throat. I like having a bowl with red bean from Yee Shun Diary, though other toppings as ginger and gingko nuts are quite popular too.
Shop G22-27,Hutchison House, 10 Harcourt Road, Admiralty
The Italian boutique café encompasses what a modern café bistro should be – hearty food, comforting setting, personable service and good coffee. It has a wide selection of cakes, including
the Uji Matcha cake – green tea mousse layered with azuki red bean. This is love.
Shop G42, G/F., Miramar Shopping Centre, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Lab’s Made Liu Sha Custard nitrogen ice cream is the bomb. Creamy, dense, pulsating with salted egg yolk custard flavour, as though you are having the bun fillings, but cold. Note: They have four rotating flavours which are changed every two weeks. Expect the unexpected.
Alice Wild Luscious
Shop H02-03, 1/F, Block B, Hollywood Building, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
The dessert ice cream café is opened by Hong Kong actor cum I Am A Singer 3 Host Leo Ku. Itss Mystery Ice Cream comes with dry ice at the bottom cup, sending ‘smoke’ around. Definitely Instagram-worthy.
Shop 3031-3070/ 3025-3026, IFC, 1 Harbour View Street, Central
A Parisian tea room with a long history. Their pièce de résistance are the signature Le Mont Blanc and Hot Chocolate L’ Africain. The Mont Blanc is covered by chestnut cream vermicelli, but as you dig further in, would discover smooth whipped cream and a light-crunchy sweet (or should I say very sweet) meringue base.
agnès b.Café LPH
Shop P101, World Trade Centre, 280 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay
Fashionistas will be familiar with French brand agnès b for their clothes, bags and accessories. The many cafes in Hong Kong provide a comfortable hang-out place with variety of pastries and mini patisseries. One of my favourite is the Amelie, white chocolate cream with layered pistachio, chocolate and raspberry sponge cake. Look out for specials too.
Tai Cheong Bakery
G/F, 35 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central
The last British governor Chris Patten is said to be a fan. Tai Cheong Bakery at Central would attract queues all the time, but can be tough to find if you are a first time. Use OpenSnap to navigate your way. Their egg tarts come with smooth bright yellow egg custard, seated inside crumbly fragrant buttery crust. Get them freshly baked, eat them warm right outside the store!
OpenSnap is a comprehensive photo-based food search engine by OpenRice, Asia’s premier dining guide, first launched in 2014. It has been constantly ranked among the top 10 food mobile applications – great for fellow foodies.
While you are finding food in Singapore or overseas, there is a database of more than 1 million restaurants across 8 regions – Singapore, China, Hongkong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand.
10 reasons why you will like using OpenSnap
– Restaurants are categorised (by cuisine type and district) for really easy search.
– Browse without the need to type. Just swipe and view pictures, information, and reviews.
– Can search for ‘nearby’ restaurants, especially when you are still undecided where to go.
– Address on OpenSnap is integrated with GoogleMap for navigation (Found this particularly helpful especially when you are feeling lost overseas and you can do all the searches with just one hand.)
– Comprehensive restaurant reviews – include address, contact information, price range, signature dishes, pictures of food, and what other users think.
– New restaurants are frequently updated, if you are the type who wants to explore latest openings.
– Submit your own reviews to tell others your opinion.
– Attractive dining offers. Singapore offers 700 dining promos from 450 restaurants..
– Able to bookmark your favourites and next-to-go places.
– Can share the restaurant with your makan kakis on various platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Line, WeChat, Weibo and email.
OpenSnap is available for both iOS and Andriod users in iTune and Google Play Store. Search for “OpenSnap” and voila! More information at http://bit.ly/OpenSnapSG
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