Hello! My name is Jennifer. On my recent trip to Hong Kong (HK), I met the Hong Kongese friends and they showed me a thing or two about desserts.
Tartes & Pop
This is a patisserie specialising in tarts – a rare find in HK because the base of the tarts are usually soggy due to the buttercream. But Tartes & Pop serves good bases and flavours. At HK$45 (roughly AUD$8.50) a tart, this is a treat.
Phoebe and I arrived at 7.20pm on a Tuesday night to find only two flavours left… Banana Mango Tart and Chocolate Raspberry Tart.
We loved the first tart! It tasted like Banoffee pie! :D Have you had one of those amazing American desserts? I baked it once for my mates and they raved about the caramel and banana combination.
At Tartes & Pop, the French owner (Let’s name him Frenchy) tells me he uses the best French chocolate, Valrhona, manufactured in the small town in Hermitage, to make the blonde ganache in the Mango Banana Pie.
The blonde Valrhona is neither milk or dark chocolate. It is best thought of as toffee coloured ‘dulchey’ aka. caramel. This is a beautiful tart combination well executed. MUST TRY when if you pop into this shop which Frenchy said that it is open to the young and old. He wants to create a place which is friendly and relaxing, dispelling French cafes known for their brisk service.
He pours me my free cup of black tea to go with my tarts. Yummy~ Complimentary coffee is also available for the customers.
The second tart, Chocolate Raspberry tart is simple and delicious. The raspberry cuts into the dark chocolate ganache. There is a piece of tempered chocolate which snaps just as your teeth sinks into it. Such fine chocolate art makes my knees go weak. I would have liked to try their Orange Earl Grey choux pastry but it was sold out. Frenchy says they only bake one batch a day so call in to reserve. That is my itinery on my next HK adventure!
Watch the Valrhona master at work:
Taste of tarts: 9/10
Service: 10/10 smiles and attentive to our needs
Address: 2 Morrison Street, Sheung Wan
FB: Tartes & Pop
Next, we visited Munchies.
We ate mini hibiscus doughnut and mini salted caramel doughnut. We left fatter and sadder that doughnuts late at night were dry. The icing was not thick enough and fell off when I bit into its thin layer. Disappointing.
Doughnut taste: 4/10 (Interesting flavours but texture of the doughnuts were bad)
Address: 4 Shin Hing St, Central, Hong Kong
Hours: Open today · 12–10pm
The last dessert place: Oddies Foodies
We tried the Night Wolf (HK$60= approx AUD$11) has chocolate HK Waffle, eggletts, biscuit crumbs, chocolate sauce and flavour of the day: Cheesy Christ, cheese ice cream.
I thought at that price, this dessert did not live up to what a crispy and hot waffle should be like. The waffle was soggy and the chocolate was overpowering the cheese. I was more interested in the ‘lap cheong’ Chinese sausage egglet but the lady would not allow me to try that and cheese ice cream. Imagine how nice sausage and cheese taste?!! Nevertheless, it is good to try once and see if it is worth your calories.
33 Gough Street, Central
Elephant Grounds (E.G) in Central
My last day in HK and the last dessert on these lips: Sesame ice-cream made in-house sandwiched by green tea short bread! I love the sliced almonds she rolled the ice-cream sandwich onto. To make the green tea biscuits ‘stick’ to the ice-cream, she piped along the edges more green tea! Whippeeee…
The ice-cream sandwhich cost HK$68 (approx. AUD$12). Well worth the visit but I think smaller E.G outlets have these ice-cream sandwhiches on certain days only. So do check before you go. The coffee cups were so cool but I was heading to The Cupping Room so I did not get to dry their coffee. Instead, I had a lovely chat with the barrista and she told me they have new ice-cream sandwhich flavours each week. Last week was granola cookie sandwhich with blueberry ice-cream rolled in coconut shavings. So enticing for the customers and what creativity!
11 Gough Street, Sheung Wan
Tel: +852 22531313
Ambience: Inside a retail shop, has bar stools on verandah that faces a rib shop 9/10