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Dessert Shops, Hong Kong

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Hong Kong locals like their sweets—hence the huge proliferation of dessert-only restaurants around town. The treats at these cheap, cheerful places are especially popular after evening meals, and among kids (tables are often filled with high-school students gossiping over their condensed milk–doused mango-sago puddings). Traditional Chinese desserts like black-grass jelly, durian crepes, sweet tofu, and sesame paste are available either hot or cold; the friendly staffers manning the counters can help you decide among the offerings. Two of the best-known dessert names in town are Honeymoon Dessert and Hui Lau Shan, both of which have dozens of branches spread all over the city, decent hygiene standards, and English/Chinese menus. Honeymoon opened one of its biggest branches in the historic Western Market (Shop 4-6, ground floor, Western Market, Sheung Wan; 852-2851-2606; Hui Lau Shan has a wildly popular branch in Causeway Bay (ground floor, Po Hon Building, 24-30 Percival St.; 852-2574-6866).

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