Mango mochi madness: Hui Lau Shan

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Mango mochi madness: Hui Lau Shan

MANGO, GO, GO!: Senior Jadyn Tiong enjoys the refreshing mango sorbet and freshly cubed mangoes in Hui Lau Shan’s signature dessert.

MANGO, GO, GO!: Senior Jadyn Tiong enjoys the refreshing mango sorbet and freshly cubed mangoes in Hui Lau Shan’s signature dessert.

MANGO, GO, GO!: Senior Jadyn Tiong enjoys the refreshing mango sorbet and freshly cubed mangoes in Hui Lau Shan’s signature dessert.

MANGO, GO, GO!: Senior Jadyn Tiong enjoys the refreshing mango sorbet and freshly cubed mangoes in Hui Lau Shan’s signature dessert.

MANGO, GO, GO!: Senior Jadyn Tiong enjoys the refreshing mango sorbet and freshly cubed mangoes in Hui Lau Shan’s signature dessert.

MANGO, GO, GO!: Senior Jadyn Tiong enjoys the refreshing mango sorbet and freshly cubed mangoes in Hui Lau Shan’s signature dessert.

MANGO, GO, GO!: Senior Jadyn Tiong enjoys the refreshing mango sorbet and freshly cubed mangoes in Hui Lau Shan’s signature dessert.

Dylan Yee, Staff Writer

Located next to OMOMO Tea Shoppe is a hidden Hong Kongese gem: Hui Lau Shan. The Asian dessert bar specializes in mango desserts; almost all of their dishes revolve around this refreshing fruit.

The first thing I noticed while pulling into Alton Square was the long line. Hui Lau Shan attracts tons of customers, but the fans don’t seem to mind.

The shop has a unique aesthetic, featuring both traditional Chinese decorations, such as tea cups and elaborate paintings, and splashes of modern art, such as white doves on the ceiling. The mascot is a cute yet simplistic outline of a mango with a face, similar to the Gudetama mascot. Once you walk in, you will see a fake food display on your left, debriefing the customers on what the shop has to offer. The menu is very newcomer friendly and easy to read.

I ordered the mango chewy ball dessert and a mango and coconut juice drink with crystal jelly. The desert was like a cake in a bowl, fixed with layers of mango slush and topped with mango sorbet and doughy balls like mochi. Although the chewy balls were a pleasant addition to the texture, the mango taste was the star of the show. The refreshing taste of sweet syrupy mango pairs excellent with a hot afternoon day. As the name entails, the chewy balls were a bit on the chewy side, but I thought it was a nice contrast to the smoothness of the mango. The only downside of the dish was once the

mango, sorbet and chewy balls were eaten, you were left with a slimy slush, which although delicious, had the unpleasant consistency of saliva. The slush was a mixture of melted sorbet and mango juice, which I personally did not enjoy.

The mango/coconut juice drink with crystal jelly is more jelly than drink, as the strands of gelatinous coconut jelly just slide down your throat. For those of you willing to be filled up by a drink dessert, you should definitely check this item out.

Overall, the biggest weakness of Hui Lau Shan is also its biggest strength. The majority of the menu consists of mango, with only a few options that feature other ingredients. The nicheness of mango makes the shop extremely specific, but what it does well, it does extremely well.