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Created from the pantry essentials of sugar, eggs, and milk, the home-kitchen-friendly custard pudding is a sweet revolution that brings a Japanese favourite to international tables. If you are, like us, craving an authentic take on this comforting dessert, read on for the best custard pudding spots in Hong Kong to indulge your sweet tooth.
Deerlicious Pudding means business when it comes to custardy treats that deliver in taste, looks, and utility alike. Recognisable by the intricate deer print stamped onto a golden-brown mix of pudding, cheesecake, and caramel, the eggy dessert makes for an endearing Instagram show-off and a pleasurable end to your cheat meal.
Big and bold flavours are what catapulted the corner shop into a community star. Don’t miss its newest coconut pudding ($38) for a refreshing tropical experience, while its perennial favourites—coffee pudding ($38) and Baileys pudding ($38)—awaken your senses with an intense hit of caffeine and alcohol. Not sure which to pick? Grab a few to go, as the jar-encased sweets are good to keep and promise a smooth ride to just about anywhere.
Crammed into the far back of a timeworn street, llll.Coffeebox may not be the easiest place to find, but those who venture in search of it will be rewarded with heartwarming fare. While the neighbourhood parlour specialises in colourful eats, its puddings are the stars of the show. Silky and generous in portion, the caramel custard ice cream ($65) and chocolate custard ice cream ($65) are the gems to look out for.
llll.Coffeebox, Shop 3B, G/F, 836–838 Canton Road, Yau Ma Tei | (+852) 9665 1962
In what is Sonia Coffee’s first overseas location, the Kyoto-based café brings forth its acclaimed gourmet dishes alongside vintage vibes. Custard pudding is at the heart of Sonia Coffee’s half-a-century legacy, spotlighting the Sonia speciality pudding ($38) and speciality chocolate pudding ($42). What’s not to love about a traditional work of art topped with full-bodied whipped cream, served on an old-fashioned dessert stand?
As per its name, Contrast is dressed in a black-and-white colour palette. In this chic Cheung Sha Wan spot, street signs, calligraphy, exuberant portraits, and monochrome photos all find a home in the compact but eclectic space. Dig into the house-blend affogato pudding ($60), where caramel-coated custard collides with bitter espresso for an unparalleled taste.
Contrast, G/F, Easey Building, 512–518 Fuk Wing Street, Cheung Sha Wan
Nestled in the suburban neighbourhood of Tai Hang, Oma Specialty Coffee invites all to a simplistic and soulful hangout. Everything in this stripped-down café is kept homemade and served home-style, with the caramel pudding ($45) as one of its proudest creations—jiggly on the outside and velvety on the inside. Paired with the aroma of brewed coffee wafting from its open bar, the sweet dessert makes for a wonderful afternoon break.
Oma Specialty Coffee, G/F, 9 Wun Sha Street, Tai Hang
Pamper your loved ones with a homey yet gourmet dine-in experience! Established by a former InterContinental chef, Casa Margo promises an afternoon to remember. Upon chowing down premium savouries, be sure to save room for the stunning finisher of crème caramel ($68), which comes in an original flavour and one or two seasonal picks.
Casa Margo, Room 901–902, 9/F, 93 Wai Yip Street, Kwun Tong
Grandmama Café might be affectionately named for an imaginary granny, but the delightful bites it serves are very real indeed. Committed to redressing Japanese cuisine in a dainty fashion, Grandmama presents the adorable Mount Fuji collection, with the limited-edition Showa milk pudding ($68) infused with butterfly pea for a blue tint to reflect the famous mountain. Double up the custard fun with the OG Showa caramel pudding ($42).
Grandmama Café, 1/F, The Nate, 176 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 9675 1438