There’s nothing better than some cool summer refreshments on a hot summer afternoon. And to my surprise, I think I may just have found my summer refreshment paradise in PMQ, a creative designer’s hub located along Hollywood Road in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Central.
Shaved Ice from the Sea of Japan
Strolling on the first floor, I came across the Okinawa Churaumi Beach House that makes authentic Japanese shaved ice.
The shop itself was decorated in typical Okinawan style, with a tatami on the floor for customers to sit down and savour their shaved ice .
To upkeep the authentic flavor of the shaved ice, nearly all the ingredients are flown in from Japan, including the water used to make the shaved ice. The ice machine itself is the latest state-of-the-art creation from Japan.
There are an assortment of tastes to choose from, ranging from summer fruits like pineapple, mango and strawberry to Japanese specialties like black sugar, Uji matcha and sea salt.
By a tip from the shopkeeper, I decided to try the caramel flavour. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the taste.
The blend of almond with the caramel sauce was a match made in heaven. The rich caramel sauce was complemented by the sprinkle of almonds to create a creamy, nutty sensation that left me craving for more. Utterly delicious.
The Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Machine
You can hear it before you can see it, smell it and…taste it melting on your tongue. Yes, it’s the delightful old-fashioned tinkering of the ice cream cart outside Tai Lung Fung playing the tune of the Blue Danube.
While the tune may evoke childhood memories to many Hong Kongers, this ice cream cart is quite different from the ones that can be found along the streets of Hong Kong. For one, this ice cream cart produces an old-fashioned gelato-like ice cream.
The ice cream came in five distinct flavours – mango, honeyed-milk, durian, chocolate and blueberry. I found the chocolate ice-cream doubly rich and very delightful. Its texture was quite different from other types of ice-cream. It was stickier, and with a slight after-taste that was reminiscent of a different Hong Kong.
Luscious Homemade Cookies, Cakes and Ice Cream Galore
A flurry of cakes, cookies and ice cream awaited me at Alice Wild Luscious.
The homemade cookies resided in cozily designed tin boxes. The shopkeeper said that they were freshly baked each day in the morning, just like all the other cakes.
The Champagne Serradura was specially designed by the owner himself, adding in a touch of champagne to the traditional pudding.
An array of specially flavoured ice cream lay just within arm’s reach, including pistachio, honey yoghurt, rocky road, milk tea, and even tofu.
The taste of the tofu ice cream lingered in my tongue, a sweet and fulfilling layer of tofu goodness.
Refreshing Summer Drinks at Phoenix Sweets
And what could go better with the hot summer than some cool, refreshing summer drinks! I was in for a treat when I realized what Phoenix Sweets had in store for the summer.
They had prepared a summer mocktail – a Pabana mixed with passion fruit, banana, mango and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Also served is a pink mojito in a mug-sized glass bottle. And to keep it all cool, both drinks are served with 100% fruit puree ice cubes to preserve the flavour.
In addition to drinks, there are also an assortment of freshly baked cupcakes whipped with fruity buttercream. And if that’s not to your taste, there’s also a delicious fruit jelly to choose from with all the colours of the rainbow!
Trying out all these refreshments at different corners in this creative hub has led me to realize something. It appeared that not only fashion products and items are designed at PMQ; here, even summer refreshments are designed to top the icing to your hot summer.