Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Hui Lao Shan , Tsim Sha Tsui Hong Kong

My favourite dessert in Hong Kong .. todate (since last trip). Simple stuff which is available locally BUT still seems to taste so much better there. One, Hak-Chi-Ma-Tongyuen aka Glutinous Rice Ball Filled With Thick Black Sesame Paste within. Look somewhat like this. Unbelievably so but I kept forgetting to take pictures although been visiting a particular shop at Tsim Tsa Tsui. *Bow head in shame* Err.. cannot even remember the quaint shop’s name. Consequence of total friend dependency.

Okay, *put on brave front* on to my second favourite dessert at the ever buzzing metropolitan – Mango Pudding! Don’t fret as for this dessert I have got plenty of pictures although most turned out quite blurry. Must be my stiff fingers due to having iced desserts in the moderately cold weather. On second thoughts, maybe it was due to my notorious shopping girlfriends anxious to get back onto the streets. Nevertheless this trip we managed to have it twice. Wheeee..
Cash only:- HKD30.00 about RM15.00 per bowl of ecstasy.

Location:- This shop has branches dotting on almost every corner.
Note:- We did try a few other items on the menu such as this Coconut Milk with Birds' Nest and Mango in Coconut Milk with Glutinous Rice at the bottom.Verdict:- I'll stick to my simple plain Mango Pudding.

Mangoes available in Hong Kong are imported from Philipines. As promised in my earlier post to tell a tale, I googled and took a bite here.

Long time ago, so this Philippine myth goes, in a wooden villa deep in the forest was a beautiful lady. An only daughter of an old, old couple, they wanted her married as soon as possible. They feared dying without seeing her married. This Philippine myth says Pangga was her name, meaning “object of love” in the vernacular. Aside from her arresting natural pulchritude, she was very industrious, kind, and smart with rustic wisdom. Moreover, Pangga knew a lot of trade skills that had earned her quite a bit of money. Thus, her parents wanted nothing but the best man for her. But Pangga fell for a local poet, a professional dreamer. He was known in the village as a desperate writer whose works of poetry made meager money. This Philippine myth continues that Manong, the dreamer, lived in the fields and slept in mangers. He was the town’s vagrant. But one thing about him; he had a knack for speaking sweet nothings, a full-pledged sweet talker who could promise the sun, moon and stars to the one his eyes beheld. Girls in town went crazy for him (though they never bought his poems) but his eyes were only for Pangga. His sweet nothings never fooled old folks, though. His own parents, when still alive, often remarked “Please cut out the sweet pleasantries!” when he was at his verbal talent again. In the vernacular the remark went “Manong magtigil ka nga!” So, as this Philippine myth goes, they gave him the nickname Manong. Pangga’s parents never bought Manong’s promises of bringing down the sun and moon to shine on their forest-dimmed bungalow and other sweet nothings. “You’re always saying that sun-moon conversation of yours. That’s all you know!” Pangga’s parents mocked him. But Manong and Pangga sought to stubbornly keep their love vows till their dying day. Then, the Philippine myth says, one day they disappeared in the woods.The Philippine myth ends with a discovery of a new kind of tree. Its fruit was a bit crescent-shaped like the moon, yellow like the sun, and sweet like Manong’s tongue. It was rich in nutrition as Pangga’s multi-faceted genius. In time it was called “Manga,” a mix of their names, and today’s vernacular for mango.

16 comments:

wmw said...

I love the HK Mango Desserts

sc said...

just like wmw.. i think the HK mango desserts (those in HK, not those in Msia) are really, really good. almost unforgettable..

Tummythoz said...

wmw & sc, what magnificent tastebuds you have! hehehe.

daphne said...

Hey there! wmw told me that u r displaying a range of desserts and here I am!! I love HK desserts! ooo..the mango pudding looks terrific!

JOjo said...

Woah! The mango dessert looked awesome!
But dessert with coconut milk is a big nono to me,too sinful~Haha...

Kok said...

thummytoz,
I want that mango pudding! Looks soooo good! But it's a bit pricey though. RM15 per bowl!

By the way, thanks for your concern. I didn't fall into toilet bowl. hehe.

Rasa Malaysia said...

This place is sooooo famous the band TWINS made it into their pop song a few years ago. :-O

fatboybakes said...

is this the chain dessert place ah? maybe i ate the wrong thing that day, i didnt find the mango puddings etc anything to shout about wor.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

i think this is the fwd emails tat goes around like something tat we should worship when we go up to hk..doesnt look that magnificent and dreamy as in the email though..

Tummythoz said...

daphne, your homemade ones look gooood!

jojo, not for me either. Too filling. But the people there just loves it. They are even into coconut milk drinks (santan juice)!

kok, *keep towels and air fresheners* Food and drinks there are much more expensive compared to here.

rasa malaysia, the goody2shoes female band which one of them flaunt she got 'lucky' very pub(l)icly?

fatboybakes, maybe it's one of those things you go 'it must be a female thing-lar'.

Njoe, never saw such emails yet.

Simon Seow said...

I didn't get to try Hui Lao Shan on my trip there. Maybe i'm not a dessert person. Will try it next time if got the chance to go HK again. Pstt..I can stay for free.

Tummythoz said...

simon seow, *psst back* me too.

Judy said...

I am not too keen on their mango puddings when we go for timsum but my youngest sister can't have enough of it. They serve the mango pudding with evaporated milk.

Tummythoz said...

judy, I'll continue to stick to only hot stuff during dimsum sessions there then.

Nic (KHKL) said...

aiyoh, so kesian lar pangga and manong...he should have gotten a part time job to keep them mouth shut..hehehe...

the advertising team at hui lao shan should make something out of this interesting myth...

Tummythoz said...

nic (khkl), like that not romeo-juliet romantic d.
Last I saw, all its chains have more customers than they can handle.

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