On our most recent visit, E and I had scored a scoopon which allowed us to have a drink, savoury dish, and one of Monga's famous desserts each. Having never tried any savoury dishes at Monga, I was a bit apprehensive of what we would get. I have never been to HK, so I can't really comment on how traditional or authentic this place was in that respect, so I will keep my comments related to what I noticed whilst dining at Monga :)
Looking over the drinks menu, I recalled my excitement on a previous visit at seeing Ribena on it. How cool is that? I love Ribena! Surprisingly, I didn't order it. I instead ordered one of the Jelly drinks - E too. Mine was Mango with Coconut Jelly, and E ordered Watermelon & Mango with Coconut Jelly. Being a regular 'Bubble Cup' drinker, I was not expecting to be surprised by my drink.. but the jelly was in long thick strands - and it reminded me of a real jelly fish! You know the ones you find on the sand at the beach? I was a teeny bit put off by that fact, but my drink was still very nice. E's drink looked quite pretty, and he seemed to enjoy it too, and wasn't put off by the jelly at all.
|Borsch Soup and Creamy Corn soup|
It was at this point that we realised that the kitchen at Monga was mostly pumping out simple dishes. Everything had little to no preparation time - and that was their deal.
|'Baked Fried Rice' with Pork Chop and Tomato Sauce|
Moving on to the sweet dishes - they were the main reason for us ever dining at Monga. These sweet soups are unbelievably refreshing and light. E chose the Sago with Icecream, Pomelo and Coconut milk and I chose the Sago with Strawberry and Coconut milk. Although I don't think it is related, the texture of sago reminds me of Israeli couscous. It looks like little bubbles and although the flavour is quite subtle, it is delicious - especially when served with the fresh tasting, refreshing coconut milk like they do at Monga.
|Sago with Strawberry and Coconut Milk|
For those who are new to sweet soups - I would definitely recommend the Strawberry dessert (or a Mango one). Pomelo is a type of citrus from south east Asia. The taste is quite sour and sweet - kind of in between a grapefruit and an orange. The texture was quite strange - it is got quite a bite to it - maybe like a pear?
|Sago with Pomelo and Coconut Milk|
All in all, I don't think we will go back to Monga for its savoury menu, but I can say quite surely that we will be returning to try some other dessert options.