You’re never too old for cookies and cakes and, lucky for you, Lantau is full of online boutique bakers who can satisfy your sweet tooth and deliver a dose of holiday cheer.
“Christmas is my favourite holiday because of the music, the beautiful holiday decorations and the magical stories about Santa,” says Ivy Chow, the baker behind Pui O artisan bread business, Tiger Sourdough. Best known for the bread that she bakes in Lo Wai village twice weekly, Ivy also does a sweet line in holiday specials. Our top picks include the Swedish cardamom buns and the double chocolate and orange zest sourdough boules baked with dark cocoa, dark chocolate chips and grated orange zest.
Order up to two days in advance from Tiger Sourdough on Facebook for free delivery to Mui Wo Ferry Pier on Fridays from 5.30pm to 6pm.
Nothing says Christmas like cookies, and Mui Wo-based Ruelle Pretorius and Ashleigh Theunissen of Hou Hou Mei bake some of the best. Choose between pre-baked cookies (ready to serve) and premixed cookies (just add eggs and butter). For ultimate convenience, we recommend Hou Hou Mei’s ready-baked frozen cookies which come in six different flavours – chocolate and walnut, double chocolate, white chocolate, almond and orange, matcha macadamia and oatmeal raisin, and peanut butter and raisin.
Hou Hou Mei cookies are now on offer at Lantau Base Camp in Mui Wo, or you can place your order on Facebook – enjoy free deliver within Mui Wo.
Similarly, Tong Fuk-based Rowan Thane who heads up The Artisan along with his partner Colleen Thane, has plenty of holiday treats on offer. “We’ve been working hard to get our small-batch jams, pistachio and orange biscotti, and homemade arancello ready. We plan to be at all the Christmas markets,” says Rowan, who launched The Artisan just six months ago.
You can place your order online at The Artisan, and delivery is free within South Lantau if you spend HK$300 or more.
Last but not least, Mui Wo baker Anna Del Prado has turned her hobby into a small business with the cupcakes and s’more cookie bars and pies that she bakes and sells at The Backstage Baker. Be sure to order one of her special 9-inch Christmas s’more cookie pies on Instagram, and pick it up in Mui Wo before December 24.
Need a couple of crates of wine (and a litre of port for Santa) delivered right to your door? While many Hong Kong-based wine sellers deliver to Lantau (including the Wine Rack, www.winerack.com.hk), Pui O based Cavalli Wine is also well worth a look (www.facebook.com/CavalliWine). That said, should you find yourself in Mui Wo over the holidays, make your way to Leeder Quay Wines right next to the ferry pier – all of the fortified and desserts wines are available for free tasting. You can also order online at www.vigilantforvalue.com.
Solomon Leeder suggests you pair Boplaas Cape Tawny NV with any sweet Christmas treat. “This South African port-style wine has undergone a minimum of eight years’ ageing,” he says. “It’s lusciously smooth with a mouthwatering palate of brandied fruits, roasted nuts, honey and caramel toffee.”
Hou Hou Mei, www.facebook.com/houhoumeibakes
The Artisan, www.facebook.com/theartisanhk
The Backstage Baker, www.facebook.com/thebackstagebaker
Tiger Sourdough, www.facebook.com/tigersourdough