Hong Kong does take its food very very seriously. It is one of the gourmet capitals of the world and very truly so. It is a true story of EAST meets WEST, where the cuisine is very versatile. Be it dim sums, the hot-pot, fast food, street food, desserts and what not.
Today I am just going to talk about the sweet food 🙂 . I know there are a lot of people out there with a sweet tooth (just like mine), so this place is like a heaven for us (and for the bakers too). I’ve seen the largest number of bakeries here (and I’ve travelled a bit, so can safely say). You can find them everywhere really, be it the malls, the narrowest streets, vet markets, the MTR (can you believe that; just buy an egg tart before boarding the metro, like really and of course you can’t eat in the MTR—keep your city clean, remember!!).
You get all kinds of westernized desserts and cakes in this country (of course!!) and baking is really big here. But what caught my eye was the traditions built in the dessert culture here, as a lot of traditional bakery products are available at maximum number of joints (of course they taste amazing; but most of you would not have heard about them). So i am giving you a sneak peek at the most popular ones:
Wife cake— It is a traditional Cantonese flaky pastry with thin skin; it is made with almond paste, sesame and winter melon and very nicely spiced.
Pineapple Bun— It is a sweet bun stuffed with pineapple, and very fresh in taste.
Mooncake— This is a seasonal cake, available around mid-autumn festival. These cakes are a very important part of this festival and are exchanged between friends and families. And are made out of a thick pastry with a filling inside.
Egg tart— It is ofcourse a very yummy custard tart adapted in a traditional way from the good old Portuguese egg tart. These have a flaky outer covering and melting custard filling (yummy!!)
Mango Pudding— These are famous all over the world and are served cold, made out of mango of course 🙂 . Brilliant for the stretched summers that Hong Kong experiences. (Yes, I know you’ve heard about this one before—but you gotta taste the HK version!!)
So the next time you stop by here, don’t forget to taste these out 🙂