Since I’ll be going to Hong Kong again soon I decided to post my discoveries from my trip last Holy Week. I didn’t know Eric Kayser, a popular bakery from France, opened a store in Hong Kong until a thoughtful reader pointed it out to me.
Their first branch was located at the ground floor of Ocean Terminal at Harbour City. It’s at the same area where Toys R Us is. There was a restaurant too but I only had eyes for the “Grab & Go” bakery.
Let me take you on a tour of all the mouth watering products sold in the small shop.
I’ve never seen a giant macaron ‘cake’ before. I wonder how well it holds up when you slice it? I’m going to try a small lemon tart on my next visit.
Eric Kayser is known for their croissants which has been named ‘best croissant’ in Paris, Tokyo, New York and Singapore.
As much as I drooled over the sweets it was the bread section that had my heart thumping. Most bread stores in Hong Kong are the Asian kind that sell sweetish bread filled with pork floss and the like. These are the kinds of bread I’ve been looking for.
I bought a croque monsieur sandwich and just reheated it back at the apartment for breakfast the next morning. As expected the bread was wonderful and thin enough that I could savor the ham, cheese and bechamel sauce on top.
I plan to try these financiers or almond cakes next. I hope they have the seasonal matcha flavor when I go back.
There were samples of milk chocolate cookies at the counter and after trying a couple of bites I immediately looked for it and found 3 kinds of chocolate chip cookies – dark, white and milk.
Can you see how thick the cookies were? These solid pucks of buttery, chewy cookies filled with really dark chunks of chocolate and even more walnuts are my current favorites. The ratio of chocolate and nuts to cookie dough were about 50:50. I don’t think I’ll ever find a better chocolate chip cookie in Hong Kong. These freeze well too. I know since I have a couple hidden in my freezer right now.
The Monge bread had a crisp crust and light center. It was perfect with cheese or even butter and marmalade.
The cheese bread was dense and had a gooey cheese filling.
With great restraint this was what I bought. The croissants were indeed very buttery and flaky. The breads were top notch. But my heart and tummy belong to the dark chocolate chip cookies. It’s love at first bite.
Eric Kayser Bakery Grab & Go Hong Kong
Shop OT G14-G15,G/F Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Canton Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui
open daily 10:00am to 10:00pm