We’re melting in this heat, mamas, and so are the kids! One way we love to beat the heat and stay cool in summer is indulging in an icy treat or two… they aren’t just for the little ones, after all! With so many new dessert places around town, we’ve rounded up a couple of our faves. Forget the summer diet and make a little room to indulge in these frozen delights.
Just because you can’t eat dairy, doesn’t mean you can’t indulge! The awesome Happy Cow hit Hong Kong in 2012 and has been delivering delicious, locally produced, plant-based ice-cream ever since. If you’re lactose intolerant or vegan, this is the perfect substitute. It’s just as creamy and moreish as the milky stuff, but much healthier than your regular tub of soft serve. The wholesome, natural ingredients produce flavours we all know and love such as Chocolate Chip, Salted Caramel Swirl and Cherry Almond Fudge, but make sure you look out for creative mixtures such as the refreshing Lime in the Coconut, Chai Tea and Hibiscus Goji… fantastic for summer.
If you’ve seen our recent review of Oh! Cow soft serve, then you’ll know that this ice cream parlour offers up Insta-worthy cones with whimsical presentation and unusual flavours. Located in TST, this place is definitely worth stopping by just for the Instagram snap! Choose from four different element themed flavours and get ready to indulge in a magical looking cone. Just make sure you go on a cooler day, as the actual soft serve can melt quite quickly!
Oh! Cow, G/F, 32 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2886 0448, www.facebook.com/Ohcow.softcream
If you ever find yourself a victim of the sweltering heat in bustling Wan Chai, be sure to drop by this small takeaway-only ice cream shop. Oddies Foodies has created the perfect ice cream concoction by combining Italian low-fat gelato with our much-loved local, street-made eggettes (it’s old meets new!). These ice cream sundaes tick all the boxes with their soft and creamy gelato and crispy hot eggettes… the contrast in textures is just delicious. A word of warning though – be prepared to have a slight wait as it’s their only store (good things take time!) but it’s definitely worth it.
Oddies Foodies, 149 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 9155 5185, www.facebook.com/oddiesfoodies
This dessert spot has very recently opened in Causeway Bay, serving up pretty handcrafted ice pops and Hokkaido milk ‘snowflakes’. The refreshing ice pop flavours include juicy honeydew melon, tomato ‘gazpacho’, chilli mango and many more – perfect for grabbing on the go when you need to cool down! Not only do we love how cute these ice pop and ‘snowflakes’ look (another one for Instagram!), but we also love the bright and cheery interior, which has this epic quote written on the wall: “Happiness is eating your ice pop before it melts” – how true!
I See I See, Shop 01, Haven Court, 138 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2337 3361, www.facebook.com/iseeiseehk
Look out Mister Softee, you’ve got some competition! Soft served ice cream is becoming uber popular in Hong Kong, and if you want to get in on this icy trend then we’d recommend heading to Tai Hang to try Soft Creme. Soft Creme does what it says on the tin, delivering super soft and creamy ice cream but with a slight twist. They use liquid nitrogen and dry ice to create an even smoother texture and to really give the presentation the ‘wow’ factor. Choices are limited but all tempting; they serve two different milk-based ice creams, which can be topped with honeycomb, caramelised cornflakes, macarons, cinnamon and even… flamed bacon! We love the original honeycomb flavour, which is sticky and sweet!
Soft Creme, 7 Shepherd Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/softcreme. One serving costs $38-42.
Attention Kowloon Sassy Mamas, this one’s for you! The name probably gives it away, but founder Muse Leung has created a scrumptious dessert using the ever popular soft serve ice cream and delicious Mexican churros. It may not be the healthiest dessert, but the sugar coated deep fried dough sticks are so sweet and comforting it’s worth going all out just once to experience the deliciousness! With six different ice cream flavours to match with one of the many churro coatings they have on offer, we can guarantee there will be something that catches your eye. Come hungry!
Eyescream and Churros, Shop B1, G/F, Whampoa Estate, Tak Man Building, 29 Tak Man Street, Hung Hom, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/eyescreamandchurros. One serving with churros is $32-38.
Hardcore ice cream fans need to keep an eye out this summer… the multi-award-winning American ice cream store, Emack & Bolio’s, will be opening up on Cochrane Street this August. This will be their first store in HK, and if it’s anything like its American counterparts then you can bet that it will be serving up outrageously good sundaes and delicious scoops of creamy ice cream laden with decadent toppings and sauces. The ultimate indulgence!
Emack & Bolio’s, 26 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2505 6626, www.emackandbolios.com.hk.