CLOSED - Review: Hanbing, Tsim Sha Tsui - Korean desserts with a casual vibe
It has more than 20 branches across South Korea, and in January Hanbing opened its first overseas outlet. The airy shop, on an open corner inside Harbour City, is bright with natural light and has a casual, welcoming vibe. You place your order at the counter and when the dishes are ready, the staff will bring them to your table.
The injeolmi red bean snow ice (HK$75) is probably one of the best you can find in Hong Kong. Made with milk and condensed milk, the shaved ice is fine and feather-light. The traditional combination of toasted soya powder, mochi, red bean paste and almond flakes is unbeatable. There are other variations, including Oreo, mango, blueberry cheese and Jeju green tea, which tempt us to pay another visit.
If you feel like something hot and nourishing, the sweet pumpkin porridge (HK$45) — a creamy treat enlivened with red beans and roasted almond flakes — is surprisingly satisfying. The black sesame ice cream waffle (HK$48) also sounds tempting. The menu also features a good selection of fruit and herbal tea, juices, smoothies and coffees, including some typical Korean flavours such as jujube (red date) tea and ginseng juice.
We would definitely give priority to the sweet dishes, but if you're yearning for something savoury and more substantial there are four topokki (Korean rice cakes; HK$78-HK$88) to choose from and the spicy version (HK$78) we tried has a nice kick. The two pieces of deep-fried seaweed and glass noodle rolls are a nice touch that add texture to the instant noodles and chewy rice cake.
The cheese garlic ball (HK$58) — a crispy bun with a generous amount of topping — would make a nice afternoon snack.
Hanbing, shop 4201K-4202K, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 3791 2547. Open: 10am-10pm