Right after Lamma Island and looking at the nightview in Hong Kong and taking a stroll around busy Tsim Sha Tsui on Saturday night, my mom and I headed back home. My mom had told me about how just around the corner, her and her best friend had discovered a lot of dessert shops. Chinese dessert shops do not exist in Montreal. I have been to one in Toronto before. I love Chinese desserts and its amazing to eat it outside. A lot of times it consists of pastes or sweet soups or made with glutinous rice or its with some sort of soy product like tofu.
We ended up going this one. I saw a whole article on how it had won an award for being the best dessert place in 2011 or 2012. I don’t remember exactly. This dessert place didn’t have an english name though.
So for your reference, here is the actual link of the restaurant but its in chinese mostly. I would deduct that perhaps its called Friends Dessert as the English name.
But for better reference, this link should give you the actual site of the restaurant that I went to and then the bottom one is the one that have all the other chains if it does interest you to try it out.
I went to this one: http://www.openrice.com/english/restaurant/sr2.htm?shopid=51597
This is where all the chains can be found: http://www.openrice.com/english/restaurant/sr1.htm?chain_id=10000675®ion=0
The decor was pretty nice too. The service was a bit not as good as expected. This restaurant had a lousy group of waiters who seemed like they didn’t really want to be there in the first place. But okay, we got service and we managed to get a decent spot and pretty quick service after that.
I ordered a Black Sesame Paste with Rice Balls with Peanut filling. What this is is Black sesame grinded into little bits and add a bit of sugar and you get black sesame paste, thats my general understanding of it at least. It becomes a pasty liquid sweet soup. I love it! This tasted pretty good. It wasn’t too sweet and the texture was smooth.
My mom ordered Beancurd with Gingko Sweet Soup with Rice Balls with Black Sesame Filling. Okay, let me say that again. She ordered Rice Balls with Peanut filling but they mixed up the order and we didn’t bother to change it. Nonetheless, she said that it tasted good. So she didn’t complain about it, which is always a plus when she enjoys her food.
Then we shared a Mango Glutinous Rice Rolls. These rolls were okay. The mango in the roll was sour as hell. It was crazy sour, maybe its because I ate my sweet soup first. Still, I love anything with glutinous rice and coconut shreds.
This place was quite good. I’m not exactly sure if they have an award that this chain was the one they evaluated it with. The only downfall of this place was the service. It was pretty nice to see the open kitchen next to us and the beautiful crystal lights lighting up the cozy restaurant. The desserts had a lot of variety and some were pretty unique. I stuck with the traditional though because I can’t get this in restaurants back home and they were delicious. I think its worth a try if you are ever in Hong Kong and walk past one of these.