Hong Kong's Hui Lau Shan Is Now in Manila and It's Mango Paradise

Milk tea who?

Hui Lau Shan 
4/F Atrium, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City
Open daily from 10 a.m to 10 p.m

PHOTO BY Hans Fausto

(SPOT.ph) Pakistani-Australian comedian Sami Shah (look him up) once said, “Mangoes are like lobsters: [they’re really good, but] you can’t look cool and eat a mango.” And any person from any country that loves this golden bulb of sticky-soft sweetness will know exactly what he means. But thankfully, Hui Lau Shan, known in Hong Kong for their handmade mango desserts, has solved this problem.

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Hui Lau Shan's stores have a distinctive theme, usually with splashes of bright yellow. Their cute mango mascot also steals the show!
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They're serious when they say great mango! Hui Lau Shan uses local carabao mangoes from Guimaras, said to be among the sweetest mangoes in the world. 
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These desserts, in a way, have come home—the Philippines, specifically Guimaras, has been supplying the mangoes for their sweet treats in their Asian outposts, so you know they’re going to be amazing. Allow us to guide you throughout the menu a little bit so no one gets too lost in all those vibrant colors.

The A1 is Hui Lau Shan's best-selling drink, made mostly with sweet ripe mangoes. 
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There’s no going wrong with A1 (P110), which is “mango on mango on mango,” according to Josh Versoza, who brought the franchise to our tropical shores. He isn’t kidding—this drink is so refreshing and such a welcome distraction from this sweltering heat.

If you're a fan of toppings in your drinks, go for the B3, which is loaded with pandan-flavored jelly! 
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This place doesn’t play games when it comes to texture, either. The B3 (P130) has mango juice and silky, chewy aloe jelly, topped with a sort of coconut whip that says, “Everything’s gonna be okay.” Need something a little heavier? Swap the aloe for some naturally sweet red bean in the H2 (P120). This whole menu is so fresh and light that, if you’re not careful, Hui Lau Shan might just replace your milk-tea addiction.

For a touch of richness, the C5 (P140) has a great balance of flavors—sweet mango, of course, and the bite of bittersweet fresh pomelo bits come together beautifully. Plus, there’s this mix of textures with the floating sago and sneaky sorbet-like scoop, made of coconut milk and, yes, more mango, on top. If you’re looking for a true-blue smoothie, though, we actually recommend the F2 (P120), which may be straight-up strawberries with milk, but it’s also the lightest smoothie you’ll ever have.

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Another crowd pleaser is the sweet and zesty K1, or iced oolong tea with mixed fruits. 
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Their oolong-tea items might literally make you go, “Ooooohh!”—that’s how pretty they are. The K1 (P160) and K2 (P140) are like those friendly neighborhood fraternal twins who have a little too much energy but are generally very likeable people—that oolong is strong, okay? Expect a little buzz if you’re not a caffeine drinker.

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The Mango Chewy Ball makes for a great afternoon snack, and it will remind you of your favorite mango sago
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This fruity and icy combo is every coconut lover's dream come true. 
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Don't forget to order their sticky Mango Mochi! 
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Don’t forget the bowl desserts! The Mango Chewy Ball (P150) is like everybody’s favorite Asian dessert, with fresh mango cubes, chewy mochi-like balls, and that sorbet we were talking about, all swimming in a sea of thick mango puree. The Sea Coconut Icy Combo (P190) is a medley of beautiful, natural flavors that will teach you to fall in love with fruit all over again. Made with a rich and smooth “icy,” or flavored ice, it’s texture will remind you of bingsu, but instead of cow’s milk, they use pure coconut milk—you could say this frozen fruit bowl is great for vegans, too. But that Mango Mochi (P90/three pieces) is what its name is, and it really takes the (rice) cake. You must try this. That’s all we have to say.

Seems like Hui Lau Shan is out to test your loyalty to carabao mangoes—but we all know Filipinos are going to pass this test with flying colors. 

Hui Lau Shan will be on soft opening on March 17. 

Photos by Hans Fausto

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