Hong Kong's best... Ice cream
Awfully Chocolate will grant you death by chocolate with their notorious 70 per cent dark chocolate ice cream. Just imagine one deadly, velvety bite of that pure, frozen chocolate in your mouth.
With calcium, protein, and live bacteria, Berry Good’s yogurt comes in original ‘flavour of the day’, or better yet, a swirl of two different flavours. Good luck choosing from their range of 40 toppings from nuts to gummi bear to colour sprinkles. Choose your own sundae adventure. Shop A, G/F, 41-43 Graham St, Central, 2543 8393. Price for regular cup: $30.
Who can say no to ice cream or frozen yoghurt on freshly baked waffle? Gelare takes pride in its ‘air-tight’ ice cream, with a denser and higher cream content minus the artificial flavouring and bad calories. Their Pralines ’n’ Cream ice cream is a dream. Shop G03, Ka Lok Shopping Centre, 56 Dundas St, Mong Kok, 2781 2978. Price of one scoop: $26.
Mado Ice Cream Café
Looking for some Turkish delight? Try Mado, a royal chain that features chewy and smooth Middle Eastern-style ice cream which dates back to the Ottoman Empire. Made with goat’s milk and salep powder (ground dried orchid tubers), Unit 47, Level 1, Enterprise Square Five, MegaBox, 38 Wang Chiu Rd, Kowloon Bay, 2359 0190. Price for one slice: $35.
Mamma Mia Gelato
Cool down in this summer heat at Mamma Mia Gelato, where you can gain without pain. It is the first gelato brand in Asia to be ‘double zero’, meaning that they use zero dairy and zero sugar. We just couldn’t get enough of their creamy stracciatella and fragrant mangosteen gelato. Shop 3B, Prudential Centre, 216-228 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2893 6638. Price for one cup: $20.
Since 1970, Mr. Softee has been selling its soft ice cream swirls, popicles, rockets and ‘nutty drumsticks’ on Temple Street, in Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, Victoria Park, and other locations depending on where the singing truck roams. So catch the ice cream man, if you can. After all, as the song goes, “The creamiest, dreamiest soft ice cream, you get from Mister Softee.” Citywide. Price of one cone: $6.
Scoop is Hong Kong’s successful spin on American chain Cold Stone Creamery. A visually as well as tasty experience, Scoop allows you to watch your favourite ingredients being folded into ice cream on a chilled slab of stone. Scoop advises first-timers to try their Mint Choco Chip ice cream with brownie, white chocolate chips, and marshmallows. Mix and match different combinations of your liking. Shop B110, CitySuper, Times Square, 1 Matheson St, Causeway Bay, 2917 7216. Price for one cup: $35.
If you like food adventures, head to Tai Hang to sample Tuckshop’s rich and flavourful ice creams, which use traditional Chinese ingredients such as sweet yam, smooth taro, and smelly durian. Better yet, they come in beautiful, old-fashioned tins that will make great future jewellery boxes… or ice cream bowls. Shop H, 1 Lily St, Tai Hang, 2571 1648. Price of one tin: $47.
Known for its fresher than fresh ingredients, handmade XTC gelato is infamous for its ability to cause victims extreme satisfaction and giddiness – if you don’t mind standing while eating, that is. Of all their wacky flavours, we suggest you go for their classics – Chocolate XTC and their classic Hong Kong Milk Tea. But if you are a purist, stick to their smooth vanilla. It is one of the best in the city, or dare we say, all of Asia. Citywide. Price for one cup: $20-$27.
Yo Ma Ma
The fro-yo storm has finally hit Hong Kong. With only 0.25 per cent fat and 19 calories per ounce, Yo Ma Ma’s original tart and green tea frozen yogurt is undeniably attractive. Each cup comes with a free selection out of more than 20 toppings, though we really recommend their mochi. 16 Wing Fung St, Wan Chai, 2865 5600. Price for regular cup: $28.