The final of my 3-part vacation is back to my hometown, Hong Kong. This trip was mainly to visit friends and family, so I knew that it’d be filled with yummy food.
Before we even got to HK my mom has been raving about this shaved ice place in Prince Edward (太子) – Sige Taiwanese Snowflakes 四哥台式雪花冰專門店. She went there the last time she was in HK and she just couldn’t forget how good it was. Now that piqued my interest and we had to go back for more.
Stores in HK don’t open early like ours do here (Tip: Do not expect to shop at 10am in HK. Malls aren’t open until at least 11:30am, or 12pm. Even later if it’s a small street boutique.). Sige was supposed to open at 3pm but by 3:15pm-ish, the store was still not ready for business. Not turning away businesses, we were welcomed to sit inside the store while they finished the final touches.
Looking at the menu made me drool. It’s full of pictures of different kinds of dessert, including various flavours of shaved ice and Chinese-style desserts.
With the three of us, and only a few hours before dinner, we ordered two shaved ice to share. First of all, the mango fan in me picked Marvellous Mango 黃金戰士. It included mango flavoured shaved ice, diced mango and dragon fruit, konnyaku (which has similar texture as coconut jelly) and drizzled with mango sauce.
Wow, it’s amazing to see the presentation. The shaved ice stacks up like fabric, with layers of “ruffles” sitting on a bed of toppings. This is probably the closest to the authentic, awesome shaved ice you get in Taiwan (must get in Taiwan!). It’s creamy yet flaky; it’s similar to Frappe Bliss at Aberdeen Centre, but so much better. It just melts in your mouth. I like the balance of texture with the chewy konnyaku and fruit pieces against the soft ice cream.
The second one was Charming Chocolate 黑馬王子. It’s chocolate flavoured shaved ice with banana, mini marshmallows and drizzled with chocolate sauce. The chocolate ice cream was rich and decadent, but not overly sweet. It had a bit of the bitterness you find in dark chocolate. Chocolate and banana is one of my favourite combinations and it just worked so well in this case. The sprinkle of mini marshmallows kind of reminded me of having hot chocolate with marshmallows, but in an ice-cold form. Haha the irony of it all.
For roughly CAD$5 each, I thought this was a great deal. It was quite a generous portion; the three of us were pretty full afterwards, even though it’s mostly liquid. I thought the flavours were quite prominent and the shaved ice was creamy. Would recommend friends in HK, or those visiting HK, to give this a try.
P.S. Hong Kong has established a website similar to Urbanspoon. It’s called OpenRice. Here is a link to check it out: http://www.openrice.com/restaurant/sr2.htm?shopid=31956.