Joy Luck Teahouse, offering the three famous culinary treasures of Hong Kong — egg tarts, pineapple buns and milk tea, to open at ION Orchard on end August 2020.
A part of Hong Kong’s food legacy, these three offerings are recognised on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Hong Kong list. Besides the three items, Joy Luck Teahouse will also dole out Hong Kong Fish Balls and an array of Hong Kong-style beverages.
Hoover Cake Shop
There will be two kinds of egg tarts, which are from Hoover Cake Shop: puff pastry and butter cookie. Smooth, wobbly and creamy, the custard is made with high-quality eggs and butter, hitting just the right note of sweetness. Veteran thespians Chow Yun-Fat and Liza Wang Ming-Chuen are fans of these egg tarts.
Kam Kee Café
The Hong Kong pineapple bun hails from Kam Kee Café, a stalwart in Hong Kong’s cha chaan teng scene. It is firm on the outside with a sweet, crumbly golden crust that resembles a pineapple and covers almost the entire exterior to provide crunch in every bite.
The bun is also stuffed with a generous slab of fragrant premium butter in the middle (Bo Lo Yau) that melts within the soft warm bread. Other fillings such as kaya and luncheon meat will also be available.
The Hong Kong-style milk tea also follows Kam Kee’s secret recipe that calls for a blend of superior-quality tea leaves imported from Sri Lanka. European full cream evaporated milk is added to the brew to lend a moderately sweet flavour.
It served at the 50th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting held in Davos, Switzerland, an international political event attended by dignitaries such as former US Vice President Al Gore, Hong Kong Leader Carrie Lam, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and more world political and business leaders. Exclusive to Singapore will be the first-ever Hong Kong-style bubble tea.
Tak Hing Fishball Company
The fish balls are by Tak Hing Fishball Company: the freshly made fish paste is smooth and soft in texture with no flour or additives added.
Tak Hing is famous for its authentic Hong Kong curry-flavoured fish balls and has earned a loyal following amongst celebrities such as Chow Yun-Fat, Paula Tsui Siu-fung and Wong Cho-Lam who called them the “Hong Kong Fishball King”.
Singapore Pioneer Citizens 50% Discount Program
To honour Singaporean senior citizens who have contributed to nation building, he will be offering those aged 60 years old and above 50% off Hong Kong-style Milk Tea and 8 Treasures Tea when they present their Merdeka or Pioneer Generation cards.
- 10% off regular items with no minimum spending for all walk-in customers
- 20% off regular items with $10 minimum spending with membership signup in the 1st 2 weeks of ION opening
- Buy 1 Get 1 Free Hong Kong Milk Tea (Hot/Cold) or Pearl of the Orient (Hong Kong Milk Tea with Bubble) with membership signup in the 1st 2 weeks of ION opening. The free item will be the lower priced item.