I just went to Hong Kong for a 5-day trip where all I did was eat and shop (for clothes and lots of baking supplies).
If you are short of time but still want to set aside some time to visit some baking supplies shops in Hong Kong, here’s my suggestion – head over to bottom of Shanghai Street because the places on Shanghai Street close earlier, walk along the various baking shops along Shanghai Street (you can exit from Yau Ma Tei station but you will have to walk past one stretch of shops before you find yourself at the start of the shops selling kitchenware and utensils). Sooner or later, you will find yourself at the start (or end) of Temple Street Night Market (which sets up around 4pm but expect all the vendors to be fully open at around 6pm) and Ladies’ Market as well. Head to On Yip Building for Twinsco.
You will also find yourself near Mongkok MTR station. Congratulations you have effectively walked the distance of one MTR stop! Make your way down to Ichi-Cake, by exiting Mongkok D3, and walking down Argyle Street until you see the railway tracks. The Lee Fung Building (which had lots of scaffolding covering it while I was there), is just in front of the overhead bridge and in front of the railway tracks. These are perhaps the three places I would recommend that you go, because honestly, I think Phoon Huat and Sun Lik collectively stocks more stuff than these places, just that these shops have them cheaper, and for some items, they have greater variety thanks to local Chinese brands.
Be prepared with huge shopping bags (because you have to pay HK$0.50 for a plastic bag at some of these baking shops) because I’m sure you’ll buy lots of stuff! Another tip – be sure to note down both English and Chinese (or Cantonese) addresses, because even if you cannot read the Chinese characters, you will be able to match them – this is particularly because these buildings do not always display their names prominently and having the Chinese characters will help you a great deal (for asking directions as well)! If you’re like me, you might find it strange that these baking shops are seemingly located in the middle of the most non-descript building on some floor but somehow everyone knows where it is (these places will most probably be dead if not for the internet or word of mouth)!
As a very rough guide or estimate to the prices – be prepared to shell out prices like HK$60 (or S$10) for a set of 24 china-made piping tips, or <HK$50 (S$9) for baking pans and tins of varying sizes, etc. Prices are dirt cheap if you come from Singapore. Prices of Valrhona and other imported baking ingredients (other than Taiwanese imported ingredients like black sesame paste or Japanese green tea powder) are cheaper in Singapore though, based on my cursory look at them. If you’re from Malaysia, it might be possible that the aluminium baking pans, paper cups are slightly cheaper in Malaysia than in Hong Kong. However, if you are looking for Taiwanese bakeware and can’t make your way to Taiwan, Hong Kong will be the next best place to get them. You will realize that the Taiwanese bakeware (brands like San Neng which ironically is manufactured in China I believe) are usually twice as expensive as the China-made no-name or funny-name equivalent. So what are you waiting for…get ready to shop your heart out! 🙂 (PS: I went with 12kg worth of luggage and came back with 35kg worth of shoes, clothes and bakeware.)
A Very Short List of Baking Supplies Shops in Hong Kong
Kowloon – Mong Kok (旺角)
Address: 旺角黑布街104號利豐大廈4樓D室, 104 Hak Po Road, Lee Fung Building, Level 4 Unit D
Opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 12pm to 9pm, Sundays 12pm to 7pm
Comments: Best place to get cheap aluminium bakeware, Taiwanese flour/baking ingredients (I bought some black sesame powder for HK$15), cake boxes, cooling racks, etc.
Address: 旺角彌敦道582-592號信和中心6樓603室, 582-592 Nathan Road, Sino Centre, Level 6 Unit 603
Opening hours: 12pm to 8pm
Comments: A variety of baking supplies, but I think Ichi-Cake and Twinsco has more. Only visit if you have time!
Kowloon – Yau Ma Tei
*Twinsco (二德惠 )
Address: 油麻地上海街395-397號安業商業大廈8字樓, 395-397 Shanghai Street, On Yip Building, 8th floor
Directions: Exit from A1, walk along Pitt Street (碧街), cross the road at Shanghai Street (上海街) and turn right. Walk past a few shops, you will find On Yip Building (安業商業大廈).
PS: Some bloggers mentioned a KK’s Cake Workshop淇趣蛋糕烘焙工房 which is in the same building as Twinsco but on the 1st Floor, but when I was there, I could not find it for the life of me!
I Love Cake
Address: 麻地上海街338號, 338 Shanghai Street, Kowloon
Also at: H2, G/F, 188 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 10am to 8pm, Sundays 10.30am to 7pm
Comments: The Shanghai Street branch was closed when I visited, and part of their catalogue was being sold in a shop next door. They sell more baking ingredients than the other shops. Worth a visit since you will be walking along Shanghai Street anyway.
Chan Chi Kee Cutlery Co., Ltd. (陳枝記老刀莊有限公司)
Address: 香港九龍上海街 316-318 號地下, 316-318 Shanghai Street
Comments: Definitely worth a visit! They sell many cheap baking trays, fondant tools, gumpaste flower tools, cookie cutters, and other kitchenware like knives, ladles, ice cream scoops, waffle makers, etc. I probably spent the most here. Also check out the nearby shops like Kam Fat Co, Cham Pion (at 275 Shanghai Street), Man Kee Chopping Board, etc.
Sweetie Baking (心甜烘焙材料专门店)
Address: 香港銅鑼灣怡和街 22號 10 樓全層, 22 Yee Wo Street
Opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 11am to 9pm
Hong Kong Island – Wan Chai
Sweet Decoration Company Ltd.
Address:湾仔庄士敦道137-139, 新盛商业大厦13/F, 13/F Simsons Commercial Building, 137-139 Johnston Road, Wan Chai
Opening Hours: Mondays to Fridays: 11- 8pm, Saturdays from 12pm – 7pm, Sundays from 12pm – 6pm
Address: 1/F, 137 Johnston Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong灣仔莊士敦道137號新盛商業大廈1字樓
Directions: Exit from Wan Chai MTR Exit A3, turn right.
Hong Kong Island – Fo Tan
Address: 新界火炭坳背灣街30-32號華懋華耀工業中心11樓 4 室 (零售店) Workshop 4, 11/F, Wah Yiu Industrial Centre, 30-32 Au Pui Wan Street, Fo Tan, NT (MTR Fotan Station exit ‘D’)
Opening hours: 11am to 7pm
Comments: This is probably too far away for most tourists!