My friend MZ and I just discovered another pudding place and frankly, I’m astonished no-one I know, knows about it.
Having said that, it is in a “blink and you’ll miss it” location, and I’m slightly gutted I didn’t find it earlier as I could have eaten a mountain of my favourite desserts by now. I could be selfish and keep the location to myself but I like to spread food love so here it is: Cōng Sǎo (聰 嫂) dessert, under the Holiday Inn Express behind Times Square.
Cōng Sǎo was packed when we went at 10pm and the friendly manager told us the favourites were the special Coconut dragon eye (longan) ice and the Durian crystal seeds.
I couldn’t work out from the picture what Durian crystal seeds meant but I thought I would try that next time as I wanted to have one of the mango puddings.
Cōng Sǎo is meant to specialise in all things mango and judging from their extensive menu, I have a long way to go before I finish sampling them all. MZ went for the coconut dragon eye ice and I ordered the ‘mango milkshake milk clot’ which isn’t the most appealing dessert name. Name aside, the mango milkshake was scrumptious: rich in mango flavour and coating a generous bowl of cold steamed milk pudding and slices of sweet, juicy mangoes. The milk pudding or ‘clot’ isn’t in the same league as the Yee Shun milk company’s but the combination was still great.
The coconut dragon eye ice was good, the shaved ice was an almost overpowering longan taste but very refreshing.
So, if you’re looking for a new pudding place, go and investigate Cong Sao for a change of scenery and a new twist on some of the traditional Chinese desserts.
Chopstixfix rating: 3.5/5
Cōng Sǎo (聰 嫂), Ground Floor, Holiday Inn Express, Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Tel: 2278 2622 (Branches also in Po Lam and Hang Hau on Tseung Kwan O Line)