Apart from food in Hong Kong, I was hunting for desserts in Hong Kong as well. All the desserts in Hong Kong can be found in Singapore as well. BUT what makes the dessert so much better in Hong Kong is how they are not watered down… or at least they are not as watered down compared to the same thing in Singapore.
It was supposed to rain throughout most of the days we were in Hong Kong but it didn’t rain and was damn bloody hot. So one of the days, we were looking for some café with air conditioning to hide in and we stumbled upon this place which has really awesome dessert: Ideas Dessert!
Address: 旺角豉油街126-128號明威閣地下K鋪 / Hong Kong, Mong Kok, Soy St, 128.
The durian dessert I ordered (I forgot what it’s called) is beyond awesome. That ball in the middle is pretty much durian pulp and the light yellow “durian juice” as they described it was pure durian purée. The sago is really just for texture. It’s pure unadulterated goodness. I’ve never ever had any durian dessert in Singapore with so much real durian packed into it. Highly recommended if you love your durian as much as me.
I was also craving for black sesame paste so I quite literally made everyone hunt down the dessert shop which sells really good black sesame paste for me. Hahaha.
Just so you know, I am extremely particular about my black sesame paste dessert. It has to be viscous but still fluid, smooth and balanced with the roast black sesame and rice flour taste. I have ever made this dessert at home from scratch via the traditional way of using rice grains so I know how exactly this dessert should taste.
Despite the humble appearance of the black sesame paste, the amount of effort to prepare the dessert is crazy tedious and I don’t have the time/energy to make it at home so I’m always hunting for shops with excellent versions of this dessert. And I am willing to pay money for a really good one. However, I have never found any shop in Singapore that sells this dessert that is up to my mark but Kai Kai Dessert makes the cut. So good!! Craving totally satisfied.
Any shop that sells black sesame paste in the cold variation is usually of some standard. If they put a lot of rice flour into the dessert, it can’t be chilled/refrigerated as it would turn lumpy/harden and there is a very distinct flour taste instead of the sesame fragrance.
Also, I don’t usually like tang yuan for it’s chewy texture but man, they do their tang yuans right here. I actually like their tang yuan enough to eat a few of them.
There’s loads more items on their menu but there are too many choices and too little stomach capacity.
I should consider to up the frequency of chilling out in Hong Kong… just for the desserts.
Address: Kai Kai Dessert. 29 Ning Po St, Jordan, Hong Kong.