Mango dessert specialist Hui Lau Shan back in Singapore

Famed Hong Kong dessert chain Hui Lau Shan - best known for its mango desserts - is back in Singapore, after closing its Orchard Road store 15 years ago.

Its first outlet opened on Wednesday at Nex, followed by two more to open soon at Chinatown Point and Jem mall.

Highlights on the menu include its signature mango jelly smoothie ($6.95); mango mochi stuffed with mango cubes and covered in coconut flakes ($4.80 for three); and mango sago ($5.35).

Its other options include durian pancake ($9.10); Heavenly Brew ($16.80), a dessert of bird's nest and coconut milk; and the only savoury item - curry fish balls ($6.95).

According to the brand's website, Hui Lau Shan was founded in Hong Kong in the 1960s. Back then, it sold herbal jelly and herbal tea.

In the 1980s, the menu expanded with the addition of dishes such as red bean jelly and pan-fried radish cake. In 1992, Hui Lau Shan created the recipe for its popular mango sago.

The dessert specialist expanded into Shenzhen in 2008 and has since established its presence in countries such as Malaysia, the Philippines and South Korea.

Hui Lau Shan's return adds more variety to the mango dessert options available in Singapore, such as Maxi Mango from the Philippines, which debuted at Capitol Piazza in August last year. However, it has yet to gain much traction here.

Its menu includes a Mango Shake ($6.90), as well as its signature mango soft serve (from $4.90) topped with a choice of crushed graham crackers, cheese topping (keso), Philippine purple yam (ube) or fresh coconut.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 17, 2020, with the headline 'Mango dessert specialist Hui Lau Shan back in Singapore'. Print Edition | Subscribe