Christmas in Hong Kong Promises Lip-Smacking Holiday Desserts
All the goodwill and festive cheer has got us craving something sweet.
The Popsy Room
Why it’s so sweet: Bring your camera and a big appetite to The Popsy Room, which is plating up a flowery, festive menu this season inspired by floral artist Kirk Cheng. Holiday elements appear in unconventional ways throughout the dinner degustation, accompanied by edible flowers and festive greens and ending in “A Fruitful Wreath”—chocolate ganache painted around a decadent, flourless chocolate cake. Red berries, redcurrants and hazelnuts round out this delightful painting on a plate. “A Fruitful Wreath” is part of The Popsy Room’s holiday degustation menus, starting at $988 per person for six courses.
Why it’s so sweet: Why have one dessert when you could have 10 or 15? Follow the cookie crumbs to the Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott Hotel by the airport, where the giant 8-foot-tall gingerbread house in the lobby (made with no fewer than 3,000 pieces of gingerbread) is just the icing on the cake. Delicious treats can be found at every corner of this candy land, from a Christmas High Tea Set with mulled wine and minced pies to an afternoon tea buffet with one of the most extravagant dessert displays we’ve seen so far. Don’t miss the charity cookies on sale at Java+ coffee bar to benefit the Hong Chi Association, which works to support those with intellectual disabilities. Christmas High Tea Set is $368 for two people through Dec 31; Afternoon Tea Buffet is $208 per adult, $108 per child through Dec 27.
Why it’s so sweet: It’s not Christmas without plenty of chocolate: From deep, earthy cocoa flavors to zesty fruit-scented sweets, Jean-Paul Hévin’s luxurious range of festive treats get us every year. The Christmas Macaron “Star” ($26) carries the intense flavors of Brazilian cocoa while also bearing a low sugar content (meaning you can have more than one, right?). We also can’t get enough of the Christmas Bonbon “Sparkles” ($24) with notes of coffee and spice blended into a dark chocolate ganache. Gift them to the biggest chocaholic in your life inside Jean-Paul’s classic Christmas tins or gift hampers.
Why it’s so sweet: Have your cake and eat it too (and quickly, before it melts) with Häagen Dazs’ new festive creations, featuring their first ever multi-layer ice cream cakes. The “Pure Love” cake is pure bliss, with thick layers of white chocolate, strawberry and Belgian chocolate ice cream, and soft sponge cake to tie it all together. For a more whimsical addition to the holiday table, the “Allure of Wine” cake boasts shredded milk chocolate and wine-soaked cranberry chocolate ice cream molded into a vintage wine crate.
Why it’s so sweet: For those planning on getting their steak-frites fix over Christmas, La Vache is decorating its legendary dessert cart with a bit of festive cheer in the form of a traditional Buche de Noêl all through December. For $98, you can dig into this timeless Christmas classic—a moist, soft chocolate cake rolled with layers of fresh whipped cream and topped off with juicy berries. Who needs diets when you have chocolate cake?
Mr & Mrs Fox
Why it’s so sweet: Need to wash down all that sugar? Spring for the drink of the season: A comforting mug of mulled wine infused with cinnamon, allspice and star anise at Quarry Bay hotspot Mr & Mrs Fox. More of an eggnog person? They’re also serving up this classic winter warmer, with lots of spicy nutmeg. Oh, and the mince pies look mighty delicious, if you can sneak one in on the side.