Hong Kong is one of the most bustling island countries of the world attracting a lot of international business, tourism, and backpackers like me. For that purpose, it’s bound to have have some amazing desserts, and in large quantities too!
Right in the center of the city is Oddies Foodies where you can order delicious ice cream and egg waffle parfaits. Egg waffles are a huge dessert meme in Hong Kong, and are gradually spreading to other parts of Asia. They are softer and have more of a milky taste compared to regular waffles. I ordered the cookie dough flavor and was very impressed with how mouthwatering it was! The chocolate syrup they drizzled over it made it taste even better. The best part is, you could eat egg waffles for breakfast and dessert!
While I was exploring the night market near Jordan Station, I found a small food stall that was selling coconut jelly out of a real coconut. I can’t remember the exact name of the stall, but you can find these all over the country if you walk along the streets of the markets. Compared to jello found in America, this coconut jello was a lot creamier and tasted more like pudding. In Hong Kong-styled cooking eggs are often used but the taste is never overpowering. I thought all of the street food I tried was extremely delicious (yet sadly caloric).
My last meal in Hong Kong was a lunch set at Hello Kitty Secret Garden. I ordered toast, strawberry ice cream waffles, and a cute milk latte:
This was another caloric meal, but it was extremely satisfying. All of the portion sizes in Hong Kong are much larger than in Japan! The food is a bit more expensive, but you really can’t go wrong with it because it’s all delicious. If you are on a budget, I would check the street stalls because they have a lot of variety as well.
A diner and dessert restaurant called EGG & SPUMA located in the Shinjuku Lumine building serves up some of the most delicious Sanrio collaboration items you’ve ever laid eyes on. They serve a lot of comfort food like omelettes, risotto, and pancakes on their menu that changes with new featured items each season. Cocktails and sweet drinks are also available.
I ordered Hello Kitty pancakes topped with apples slices, custard, and whipped cream. They melted like butter in my mouth and had an extremely soft texture! I also tried pink lemonade topped with a Hello Kitty donut. Thought it was an extremely unlikely combination, it was amazing! The donut was extremely thick and completely covered in strawberry frosting. The lemonade size was noticeably large compared to most drinks here. I wanted to try more, but felt extremely full after this!
Overall, I was extremely impressed with the quality of food here for it being part of a theme cafe. Be sure to try their seasonal pancakes if you ever get the chance to stop by!
As a person that loves anime and aesthetic food, I have been to many of the strange and unique cafes in Japan. However, the Pop Team Epic X Sanrio Cafe in Ikebukuro particularly caught my eye due to its hilarious-looking menu items and overall craziness of two unlikely series crossing over!
Located in the Gourmet Stadium attached to Ikebukuro Station, this cafe is easy to access and requires no reservation. We came around 3pm on the Saturday after it opened, and only waited 30 minutes to get in which is a very reasonable wait time.
Once inside, we were presented with this very unique menu including burgers of the Pop Team Epic characters cosplaying Hello Kitty, drinks containing cheese, the classic anime cafe parfait, and my personal favorite–corn on pancakes with an anime face and side of Pompompurin pudding:
The food was definitely very strange, but overall delicious. I enjoyed the parfait because it had a crepe wrapped around it and also contained some delicious chocolate jello and whipped cream! I did not have the courage to try the corn, but the pudding and pancakes were very creamy. I would definitely recommend coming here for some desserts!
There was also a little souvenir shop with buttons, pins, and T-shirts! I could not resist this adorable keychain of Pompompurin DJing:
This cafe is running from February 7, 2019 – April 14, 2019. As previously implied, I would recommend coming her for the lulz.