[Hong Kong] Another bites the dust. Popular dessert chain Cong Sao Star Dessert 聰嫂星級甜品 has suddenly closed all 5 shops in Hong Kong, and staff found themselves out of jobs.
The dessert chain which was opened by a celebrity was considered an up-and-coming brand, with huge expansion plans to China.
However, the founder has sold off his shares in 2015, and the company was recently embroiled in compensation disputes in court.
Adding to the drama, the Hong Kong media reported that workers who turned up for work suddenly found rental notices posted outside the shop front.
A waste because they were really quite popular with their modern take on Hong Kong desserts.
[The following is a previous review of the dessert shop] Desserts in Hong Kong are generally divided into two different categories.
You have the so-called old-school treats from Gai Gai Dessert 佳佳甜品, Fook Yuen 福元湯圓, Kai Kee Desserts 佳記甜品, and the newer desserts which you can find here at Cong Sao Star Dessert 聰嫂星級甜品 and Honeymoon Dessert.
Most of Cong Sao’s desserts include plenty of jellies, durian, and mango.
Those who are interested in trying some durian can check out this cool dessert joint in Causeway Bay.
It is opened till 12:30am, great for those looking for a late-night dessert spot.
Funny that when we were in Hong Kong, my friends wanted ”tang shui” (literally meaning sweet water) every night. Of course these desserts are said to have beautifying properties (but they don’t tell you what they do to the waistline.)
Cong Sao Star Dessert is quite popular and there is usually a very long line in front of the place, so in order to avoid large crowds of visitors, it is best to come off-peak like after lunch hours.
The interior of this place is quite basic with a couple of tables and small round chairs.
Keep in mind that you will probably need to share a table with other people, as there is little space inside the restaurant.
As for the service, it is Hong Kong standard-fast and an English menu is available.
On the menu, you will find a large variety of Cantonese-style desserts including both hot and cold desserts that consist of purple rice, durian, tapioca, coconut, mango, jellies, and longan.
Some of the top recommendations include Longan Sorbet with Nata De Coco (HK$49), Mango Milkshake Custard (HK$49), Durian Pancake (HK$36), Durian with Crystal Seeds (HK$49) and Mango Sorbet with Nata De Coco (HK$45).
Most people come to try the Sweet Mango Soup 杨枝甘露 (HK$49). Where they got it right was that it was neither too sweet nor diluted, not too heavy on the palate.
My favourite was the Longan Sorbet with Nata De Coco (HK$49) which was refreshingly light, and didn’t have that syrupy taste.
One of the signature desserts is the Durian with Crystal Seeds (HK$49), which is basically a creamy durian topped with tapioca pearls.
Make sure to try the Durian Pancake (HK$36), which is filled with tasty cream. The pancake was thin, and cream not that sweet and paired perfectly with durian.
Some of the other popular dishes here include Mango Tapioca in Coconut Milk, Black Sesame Glutinous Rice Balls, and Mango Sago with Grass and Mango Jelly in Coconut Milk.
The easiest way to get to Cong Sao Star Dessert is by reaching Causeway Bay MTR Station. Take the exit A and this amazing dessert joint is only a 4-minute walk away
[Closed] Cong Sao Star Dessert 聰嫂星級甜品
G/F, 11 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay (Causeway Bay MTR Station, Exit A)
Tel: +852 22782622
Opening Hours: 12:30pm – 12:30am Daily
Google Maps – Cong Sao Star Dessert
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