Whenever I go to Hong Kong I stay in Kowloon side. It’s been that way since I was a child and I never had any desire to cross the tunnel to stay in Hong Kong side until I visited matcha heaven. Now I want to stay near Via Tokyo.
Erin, one of my readers, first clued me in to Via Tokyo since she knows how much I love matcha. I then began to follow some Hong Kong foodies on Instagram and pictures of matcha soft serve creations started popping up. A lot.
To get to Via Tokyo I had to take the MTR from Tsim Sha Tsui to Admiralty then change trains to Causeway Bay and walk. I used Google Map on my iPhone but it still took time and a lot of asking for directions before I found the place. It’s about two blocks from Times Square.
I knew the place was popular so I went at 2:30 pm to avoid lining up. You walk up to the counter and place your order and pay.
I didn’t waste time looking at the menu since I already knew what I wanted after seeing so many pictures on Instagram.
The restaurant was tiny. Capacity was about for 20 people max.
A few minutes after I sat on one these stools the rest got occupied right away.
Matcha ice cream or soft serve is a very tricky thing to make. There should be a balance of creaminess, sweetness and matcha flavor. Believe me I’ve had my share of green colored watery ice cream. I also like eating matcha ice cream plain. That means no mochi balls, jelly or whatever that will distract my tongue from the pleasures of matcha flavor.
I ordered a matcha affogato which was a large glass of matcha soft serve ice cream made with Hokkaido milk with 3.6% milk fat and a small pitcher of matcha latte. How awesome is that?
I messed up pouring the latte.
Via Tokyo deserves all its accolades. They do have the best matcha ice cream. Super thick and creamy with a strong matcha flavor that lingers in your mouth and not bitter at all. Add in matcha latte and it was like having ice cream and a milkshake in one. I tried to eat it as slowly as possible to prolong my happiness. I actually considered ordering another one but I was too full already.
I really planned to go back again but wasn’t able to since I was wary of the crowded MTR and streets during the holiday season. See that’s why I have to stay in Causeway Bay so I can be near my matcha heaven. I will see you again Via Tokyo. I want to try their new Houjicha flavor too.
p.s. Via Tokyo please, please open a branch in TST.
Shop nos. 1A-1B, G/F., Leishun Court, 106-126 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay
telephone: +852 2895 1116
hours: 9:30 am – 10:30 pm