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Best shaved ice desserts in Hong Kong

If you’re after something icy to fight the rising temperatures, check out these shaved ice desserts

By Time Out Hong Kong
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Summer is fast approaching, and if the heat doesn’t get you then the humidity definitely will. But it’s not all bad news. As well as beautiful beaches and awesome rooftop bars you can chill in once the sun’s gone down, in Hong Kong you can also find some delectable shaved ice desserts guaranteed to help keep you cool. From tea flavoured to fruity and with much mochi, here are some of the very best.

RECOMMENDED: More on the vanilla side of things? Check out our list of the best ice cream in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong’s best shaved ice

Shari Shari Kakigori House shaved ice
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Shari Shari Kakigori House

Restaurants Japanese Causeway Bay

In typical Japanese fashion, both of Shari Shari’s small branches in Causeway Bay and Central are aesthetically minimal spaces. Within this simplicity, however, lies true deliciousness. The menu serves up a range of desserts, including kakigori made from Japanese imported ice. The superior quality of this water makes for clean tasting and silky smooth ice – perfect when piled with cream, syrup, fruits and mochi. The crowd favourite hojicha and kinako cream kakigori is simultaneously fresh, rich, and creamy, while the matcha cream special features an unapologetic tea flavour as well as the hidden surprise of crushed cookies buried within. Certainly, a match-a made in heaven. Prices start from $85.

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Cheung Chau Bing Sutt

Restaurants Cheung Chau

This local Cheung Chau hangout is a chilled out bing sutt with a laidback, classy, home-style feel. They have a great selection of shaved ice options - portions are beautifully presented, piled high with chewy toppings and topped with a round ball of ice cream. Not to mention the generous drizzling of smooth condensed milk. Choose from six delicious options, the signature options being the Baileys shaved ice with red beans and taro balls and the Thai milk tea shaved ice with red beans and taro balls. All their flavour offerings are enticing, and the presentation delightfully colourful. From $55

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Meet Fresh shaved ice
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Meet Fresh

Restaurants Causeway Bay

Crowd favourite Taiwanese dessert joint Meet Fresh has three branches around Hong Kong - Causeway Bay, Tsuen Wan and Tuen Mun. Featuring a menu that highlights fresh, natural and healthy ingredients, this restaurant and its worldwide outlets are known for its deliciously chewy, soft taro balls and herbal jelly. Sample a range of their other toppings by ordering their Q Mochi Milk Shaved Ice, which comes with Q mochi, mini taro, sweet potato balls with taro paste, winter melon jelly and ice cream that sit on top of everything. Heading into Summertime, expect long lines and a lot of queuing up. Start from $52.

Chung Kee Dessert
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Chung Kee Dessert

Restaurants Jordan

This beloved Chinese dessert establishment has been serving up traditional Asian-style sweet soup and fruity desserts for almost 20 years at their numerous branches. Though well-known for classics like sweet tofu pudding, sesame soup and mango pomelo sago soup, their shaved ice desserts shouldn’t be overlooked. Choose from the tall pyramid of ice with mixed fruits and embellished with mango syrup and sweetened milk. Or, go simple with the mango or lychee kakigori. Get adventurous and opt for the combined flavours - there’s yakult with mango, or coconut with pineapple. It’s refreshing and satisfying, with an undeniably smooth melt-in-your-mouth quality at modest prices. Start from $41.

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Cha Tra Mue shaved ice
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Cha Tra Mue

Restaurants Causeway Bay

Popular Thai milk tea brand Cha Tra Mue is known in Hong Kong for bringing us a taste of Thailand. To combat Hong Kong’s sweltering heat this summer, look no further than its Thai milk tea bingsu. Think of it as milk tea in fine ice form: the shaved ice comes with Thai ice tea-flavoured syrup topped with a liberal amount of cream. A small dish of grass jelly and biscuits are served on the side. Unfortunately, the bingsu is only available at certain times of the day: 2pm-3.30pm and 8pm-9.30pm, so make sure to catch those times if this cold dessert is what you’re after. $88. The seating area here is temporarily closed due to recent events, but will reopen soon.

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