PICKS

5 warm desserts to sweeten the cold snap this week 

You’re a serious sweet-tooth but you can’t bring yourself to shamelessly pick up an ice cream cone at this under-10-degree weather? This week’s cold snap has really got us hungry, so we’re looking for something sweet, something deliciously guilty (and carbolicious) to keep us satisfied. Here are our top picks for the most delicious, guiltiest, most carb-loaded warm desserts we could find. 

Uji matcha cookie boy @OKRA
OKRA is a pretty seductive place in the winter season. There's something about the tiny eatery, warmly lit and plonked in the middle of an urban landscape like a secret - it’s the perfect escape on colder evenings. The Uji matcha cookie boy is another escape on its own. An OKRA x COOKIE BOY collaboration featuring a warm gooey mess in a clay pot, the dish is smothered with smoked cream, lemon salt, and caramelised red beans. Moist in the top and middle, but gooey and caramelised on the sides, the whole dish is not too sweet, but just enough for you to go yessssss. 110 Queen's Rd W, Sai Ying Pun, 2806 1038, okra.kitchen‘Nanterre’ Brioche @Terroir Parisien
At first glance, yes, it does look like a piece of toast. But it’s so, so much more. As part of Terroir Parisien’s exploration of iconic Parisien eats, this Nanterre brioche is based on an area in Paris with the same name. The Nanterre brioche is French toast meets creme-brulee, caramelisation on the outside and soft pillows on the inside. It comes with a rich vanilla ice cream scoop but we personally preferred the toast by itself. Shop M20-M24, M/F, Prince's Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, Central, 2522 9990, landmark.hk/en/dining/terroir-parisien

Sonhos @Casa Lisboa
You’ve probably heard about how amazing and unique their desserts are. They’ve got two warm desserts on the menu including the Tigelada egg pudding and the Sonhos - Portuguese donuts filled with pumpkin and sweet potato cream. 2/F Parekh House, 63 Wyndham Street, Central, 2905 1168, casalisboa.com.hkChurros @Limewood
Is there anything that can’t get better with caramel? Limewood features hand-piped churros served with coconut ice cream and salty caramel. The churros are perfectly crunchy on the outside and not too greasy on the inside. We personally prefer it smothered with sugar and dipped in just the salty caramel alone. Limewood Shop 103/104 The Pulse, 28 Beach Rd, Repulse Bay, 2866 8668, limewood.hk Portuguese egg tarts @Macau Restaurant
Sometimes you want to take a break from the ubiquitous Hong Kong-style egg tarts and go for the piping hot caramel-sweet Portuguese variety. Sweet custard is encased in a fluffy well-sweetened puff pastry and flambéed to caramel on the top. The most authentic of Portuguese egg tarts can be found in Macau Restaurant. There’s quite a few of them around Hong Kong but our favourite branch is at the Sheung Wan ferry terminal. Macau Restaurant’s piping hot egg tarts are just the right snack for pre-trip rumbles or your after-trip Macau reminiscing. Shun Tak Centre, 270-275 , 168-200 Connaught Rd Central, Sheung Wan, 2857 1933