Welcome to the 1st post of “VNVie Loves” which will introduce some of the favorite foods, candies, places, people (well, just about anything/anybody) that yours truly loves! First on the list are Queen’s Cafe Nougats that are the epitome of what delicious nougats should be. Ready? Let’s go, go, go!
Nougat is a classic confection that is traditionally made with sugar/honey, roasted nuts (pistachios, almonds, walnuts), whipped egg whites, and chopped candied fruit. Although it is likely to have originated in southern Europe where it is largely associated with the winter Christmas season, you can now find nougat anytime during the year and in a large selection of modern candy bars worldwide. The consistency of nougats range from soft and chewy to hard and crunchy; and, Queen’s Cafe, a small bakery chain located in Hong Kong, makes a delectable white nougat that puts a spin on the chewy delights.
The bakery chef at Queen’s Cafe first combined chocolate and nougat to create the bakery’s first generation of nougat candies more than 50 years ago. These nougat candies, which are rectangular in shape and receive a thin layer of chocolate on the top, sell more than 10,000 pieces a day. They come in a variety of flavors including Chocolate Rice Crispies, Peanut, Coffee, Walnut, etc. Pictured above is the popular Chocolate Rice Crispies flavor which sandwiches a middle layer of milk chocolate and rice crispies between white nougat and a thin layer of milk chocolate on the surfaces. These candies achieve a perfect balance of texture with the crunchiness of the rice crispies and the soft, chewiness of the nougat. They are also sweet enough to satisfy that sweet tooth, yet not leave you on a sugar high hours after eating one.
The packaging of the nougat is also too cute not to give an honorable mention. There is an illustration of a queen’s tiara on the wrapping paper with different colors representing the flavor of the nougat. Inside of each wrapping paper is a sheet of edible rice paper, also known as wafer paper, that keeps the nougat from sticking to everything and makes it easier to pick up and eat.
If you are visiting Hong Kong for the first time or just making another trip to the area, definitely stop by Queen’s Cafe to pick up a bag of these nougats. They’re great as a snack for yourself or a souvenir for family/friends!
Queen’s Cafe Locations:
Shop A, 18/F., Lee Theatre Plaza, 99 Peraival Street
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Tel: 3151 7595