Hui Lau Shan
Hui Lau Shan is the granddaddy of Asian mango dessert places, having started in the 1960's in Hong Kong. Now with close to 300 locations worldwide, its opened several locations in Toronto.
This place is all about mangoes. They use only fresh Carabao mangoes to ensure a consistently sweet experience for everyone.
Hui Lau Shan also serves a number of non-mango dishes, but it's hard to escape the omnipresence of the colour yellow here.
The signature dish is the Pomelo and Mango with Sago ($7.90). Beneath its simple-looking appearance is a pretty complex mix of mango pudding, mango coconut mix, sago, mango cubes with pomelo shreds, and topped with house-made mango ice cream.
It also comes in a jumbo bowl size ($9.90) which is great for sharing.
The Mango and Coconut with Grass Jelly ($7.90) adds fresh grass jelly and coconut to a similar type of concoction. The result is a more herby flavour that balances the sweetness of the mango.
For something less sweet, the Watermelon Slush with Honey Jelly ($5.90) is a good option.
I absolute love the Mango Mochi ($8.69 for 6 pieces) which combines the chewy-sticky goodness of mochi with the sweetness of fresh mango.
Beyond mango and other fruit, Hui Lau Shan also has a slew of food options, such as the excellent Fried Chicken Wings ($8.49 for 6 pieces). This is easily my favourite snack here.
Hong Kong street food culture is synonymous with curry fishballs, and Hui Lau Shan's version ($5.49 for 8 pieces) doesn't disappoint. The curry sauce is satisfyingly thick and mildly spicy.
The Mango Frozen Cake ($4.59) is a cross between a mango dessert and a mini ice cream sandwich. It's definitely worth a try.