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Cantonese sweets. Not “desserts” Cantonese have fruit as a palate cleanser after a meal. Sweet items are eaten as sweets.
This type of sweet is one area I can claim to be an expert. Happy to report- perfection. All the acclaim is deserved.
Kai Kai Dessert is a casual eatery that specialises in traditional Cantonese desserts. They have both English and Cantonese menus, and the pictures make it easy for ordering. If you love ginger and yummy textures, you'll love their 'Sesame Seed Rice Ball with Ginger Sweet...Soup for $18 HK ($3.40 NZD). It is soft and chewy glutinous rice balls (tong yuen) filled with a smooth and velvety sesame paste in a hot ginger soup which is mild on the sugar but packs a punch with the ginger heat. It was the best thing I ate in Hong Kong, and I ended up eating it a few times while here at different spots, but Kai Kai was the best!More
If you know “Tong Shiite” (desserts soup), you’ll love Kai Kai. Every time we visit Hong Kong, we have to go for satisfying our sweet teeth. Everything is full of it’s genuine taste. Sesame, walnut, green bean, red bean, wheat and barley soaps are all...great. In the Summer, you can have it cold or try the Mango and Lychee drink made only for 3 months a year called “Yuen Zhi Kum Lo”
Beware of the long line during after lunch and dinner. Or just take out to enjoy them in your hotel room! Sorry, no delivery! The 90 years old grandma still taking off the shells of the nut for you. Thank you!More
Don't have a sweet tooth but I do like my black sesame paste. Glad I decided to go across the subway underpass over to Parkes Street for a dessert nightcap. Didn't encounter the read-about long queue, got a seat within 10 minutes.
Wished I had...gone with a bigger group - would've been able to try more of. Managed to try 5 desserts over the course of 3 consecutive nights instead.
Had the hot black sesame paste on my first visit. Hit the spot. I forgot to ask if they grinded the black sesame from scratch but it tasted like it. (Never knew black sesame bean paste can be had cold too! Tried that on my third visit - still prefer the conventional hot version. )
Another standout dessert to try is the gingko with barley and bean curd (白果薏米腐竹). The bean curd was smooth and silky but more importantly, it was within the "acceptable sweet" limit.
Had their black sesame dumpling in "ginger juice" to go and that was delightful too, thanks to the "ginger juice'. There were 8 mini dumplings.
The joint was relatively quieter past midnight, and there was no queue.
This is a cash-only joint.
Desserts average around HKD$22-24, think it was a dollar more for takeaways.
There are a few other dessert joints sprinkled around Parkes Street / Temple Street but I was obsessed with trying as many desserts as I could at 佳佳.
p.s. They have English menus for tourists.More
After shopping in Tsim Sha Tsui, we walked to Kai Kai Dessert in Ning Po Street, Jordan for traditional Cantonese desserts. This is one of our dining routine whenever we visit Hong Kong. We cannot recommend it enough.
Business was brisk and we shared a...table with customers. We ordered a bowl each of black sesame dessert and almond dessert. Both had the right balance of sweetness that did not overwhelm the delightful taste of sesame and almond pastes. The desserts offered us a nice break from our shopping.More
First time there and we tried a variety of desserts from the Ginger Sweet Potato Soup, Papaya Soup, Beancurd Barley, Steamed Egg, Black Sesame and surprisingly all were good !! The sesame was smooth and not too sweet. The Beancurd was creamy but not too...thick. Definitely worth a visit !More
We walked by and decided to give it a try without knowing its popularity. There was no line waiting. We ordered the hot black sesame dessert soup and the cold mango (smoothie like) soup. Both were delicious, intense natural flavor and not overly sweet.
We...will definitely return.More
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Jordan / Yau Ma Tei
The Jordan and Yau Ma Tei neighbourhood is where you will find some of the more authentic areas of Hong Kong. Not as glamourous or busy as its neighbours Mong Kok to the north or Tsim Sha Tsui to the south, Yau Ma Tei is often mistakenly overlooked by visitors on their trips to Hong Kong. Exploring parts of this area makes you feel like you’ve been transported back in time. A large part of the neighbourhood draws from the
rich history of Temple Street, stretching from Jordan to Yau Ma Tei, where a mix of dai pai dongs (outdoor restaurants), market stalls, fortune tellers and old karaoke bars bring out the history and culture of the area. The neighbourhood is a showcase of diversity – different ethnicities, cultures, and a mix of old and new.