Five Dynasties 巧덜谿鎌
Featuring an array of Western and local desserts, this eatery is a famous after-dinner hangout spot. And there is no better way to bond than over a bowl of glorious mango dessert. The creamy mango puree is fragrant and sweet, and comes hidden beneath chunks of fresh mango and a generous serving of sago pearls – the blend of textures makes this a worthwhile experience indeed. $30. Shop G11, Elizabeth Hse, 250-254 Gloucester Rd, Causeway Bay, 3486 8528.
The original Sai Kung branch of Honeymoon Dessert is still the most successful one. The mango pudding wins the popularity award here. The mango pulp on the base is richly juicy and the bowl comes densely filled with generous portions of fresh mango cubes. This is about as refreshing and mouth watering as they come – the dessert won’t be in front of you for long! $19. 10A–C Po Tung Rd, Sai Kung, 2792 4991.
Hui Lau Shan
Appearing on every corner in Hong Kong, the signature mango dessert from this franchise is still their best item. Another popular favourite is their mango pomelo sago in coconut milk. The fresh mango pudding comes with the wonderful addition of tiny smooth sago pearls and citrusy pomelo fragments which, soaked together in the creamy, fragrant coconut juice, make this into a harmonious bowl of heaven. $32. Citywide inc Yee Wo St, Causeway Bay, 2972 2292; hkhls.com
Kei Kee Dessert
Although mainly known for their fresh large-sized fruit dessert, the mango pudding here is equally popular and sizeable. They dole out the portions of fruit generously here and a glass bowl of the yellow fruit comes filled to the brim with fresh mango slices, covered almost completely with pudding – just how it’s supposed to be served. $30. Kau Yuk Rd, Yuen Long, 2473 3148.
If you’ve still got some space left for dessert after a meal, head on down to this cosy shop. Their mango pudding is one of their best-selling items, made purely from fresh mangoes with the right proportions of evaporated milk and sugar to boot. If you’re a fan of durian, you can also have the dessert served with ‘the stinky fruit’ instead of mango – a variation to love or hate. $26. 25-27 Soy St, Mong Kok, 2332 8919.
Luk Lam Dessert
This old-school Hong Kong dessert shop has been operating for nearly three decades and is one of Sham Shui Po’s best kept secrets. The thick and creamy mango pulp comes with chunks of fresh mango cubes, and the pudding below absorbs all the rich mango juice. This place gives the big dessert chains a run for their money – one to try and watch out for indeed. $20. 77-79 Un Chau St, Sham Shui Po, 2361 4205.