Hong Kong – Hung Fa Lau Restaurant (Chinese Dessert)

Restaurant: Hung Fa Lau Restaurant
Cuisine: Chinese/Dessert
Last visited: April 10, 2010
Location: Central, Hong Kong
Address: MTR Station: Central
Price Range: $10CAD or less

1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!

Food: n/a
Service: 2
Ambiance: 2.5
Overall: n/a
Additional comments:

  • Very popular to locals
  • Very busy
  • Menus have pictures and English
  • Extensive menu
  • Specializes in traditional Chinese desserts
  • Offers every authentic Chinese dessert
  • Hot and cold drinks/desserts
  • Casual, quick, lots of variety
  • Inexpensive

**Recommendations: Ginger Stemed Milk, Baked Tapioca pudding

I’m definitely not one for Chinese desserts. However in Hong Kong there is so much more variety than what we have in Vancouver, BC.

Hung Fa Lau Restaurant is very popular to Chinese locals and the place is quite packed during after dinner hours. It’s a quick and cheap eatery that offers every traditional and authentic Chinese dessert you can think of.

This is a just a sample of their menu.

There’s still more…

I still didn’t get the entire Hung Fa Lau menu – but this is just a sample…the menu is extensive!

On the table:

**Ginger Steamed Milk – 5/6

  • Ginger milk – $24HKD = about $3.50CAD
  • This is definitely acquired. It’s not my dessert of choice but if you like ginger and hot desserts than you’ll love this. People that like this dessert think it’s the best ginger milk in Hong Kong. It’s almost a comfort food/dessert.

  • It has the texture of silky soft tofu, but the flavour of ginger + milk…go figure!
  • The ginger is infused in the milk so you can’t see it. It’s also sweetened so it’s eaten as a dessert. It gradually gets spicier as your eat it. It very light, but hold a distinct flavour.

Ice Cream Dumpling (Mochi) with Almond Ice1/6

  • $27HKD = about $4CAD
  • This was a pathetic attempt for a dessert. This isn’t a traditional Chinese dessert, but more of a fusion thing.

  • The mochi was the best part, but those are just store-bought frozen taro mochi with taro ice cream inside. It came with 3 and they’re just thrown into the “almond ice” drink…so it doesn’t count.

  • The “almond ice” (drink part) was almond milk with ice cubes…it was horrible. The almond milk was gluey, gummy and tasted like starchy rice water.
  • It’s supposed to be almond powder and milk, but it tasted like a gloppy mess of leftover water from overcooked rice. I was so mad…I ate the mochis and left the drink.
  • Word of advice: If you come here stick to the authentic traditional desserts and look around at what everyone else is ordering. The majority of people will be local Chinese so it’s not a tourist trap.

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