If you live in Hong Kong and you like to make cakes, you’ve probably already heard about the main store you can go to get your supplies in Central. Now I admit I use that store for some things as they have a monopoly on some products, but after continually being ripped off, lied to, ignored, reluctantly offered discounts only to have them taken away a few months later “because management have changed their minds” and treated like something to leech money out of (progressively they have gotten worse especially since their move to their new location) I am ALWAYS looking for alternative stores, even if they are the same price. If I could avoid that store in Central I would …
I see a lot of people hit my site looking for cake decorating stuff in Hong Kong so I thought I would offer up some alternatives for you to check out.
1/F, 137 Johnston Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
TWINS in Wan Chai is one place worth going. From the outside the building looks like an old residential block, but don’t let that put you off heading up to the first floor. You can purchase basic supplies – butter (good brands like Anchor), cream cheese, flour, baking powder, etc, normally at cheaper prices than the supermarket as well as cheap cake tins, chocolate moulds, cupcake pans, cookie cutters, flavourings, colourings, cardboard boxes, etc. They don’t have everything, but what they do have helps, and cake pans (tins) are considerably cheaper than the expensive place in Central. The pans aren’t Wilton, but the ones I have purchased have all worked great! It is very chinese in that it is a no-frills store and some of the staff speak only limited english, but their prices are reasonable, the selection isn’t too bad and around Christmas/Easter/Mid-Autumn Festival they often have festive products – eg easter egg/santa chocolate moulds, moon-cake supplies, etc. They also have a VIP program you can join for free after a minimum spend (which you can accumulate over multiple purchases/visits) which gives you 5% off your shopping every time.
H2, G/F, 188 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
This is a small shop in Wan Chai (I think they have another over in Kowloon somewhere).
They offer a large range of cookie cutters which can also be used for fondant at reasonable prices. They have a small range of fondant and fondant cutters. The fondant is about the same price as Central. They also have some of the baking products Twinsco have such as cake flour and butter at a cheaper price than supermarkets. This is one of those store that has a lot packed in and you really have to take your time to look otherwise you will blink and miss it.
They also offer a VIP program. If you accumulate 10 stamps (I think each stamp is a $50 spend) you are entitled to 5% discount. You do have to ask about the VIP program when you first purchase to be told about this though. The poor lady manning this store has been run off her feet serving customers and answering phone calls when I have been in, so it may simply have been an oversight. Either way, this is another wonderful alternative to look through for your supplies and crafty additions to your decorating.
7th Feb 2014 UPDATE – Check out my latest “Cake Decorating and Supply Alternatives” post to find out more about another store – Sweet Decorations.
Do you have another location to recommend for reasonably priced, value for money baking supplies and cake decorating tools in Hong Kong? Let me know so I can check them out. Please note: they need to have a physical shop location I can visit.