Sometimes the simplest things in life satisfy us the most. Take for instance a perfectly ripe mango. This naturally sweet fruit is not only a delectable treat to nosh on but it also has the power to transport us to sunnier climes. While mangoes are best eaten in the summer, they can be enjoyed year round and in many forms, thanks to a plethora of eateries in the city incorporating the fleshy, stoned fruit ingredient into their dessert line-up.
When it comes to where to find the best mango desserts in Vancouver, we turned to local foodie Areta Wong, the woman behind the Vancouver-based food blog Foodgressing (and the food-centric Instagram account by the same name) to curate her list of her picks for where to find the tastiest mango desserts in the city, and what makes them delicious.
We asked Wong what makes for a great mango dessert. Wong explains:
A great mango dessert is juicy, fragrant, sweet, and sends me on a tropical escape.
We also asked Wong what the most unusual and/or unique mango dessert she’d ever eaten in Vancouver was. She tells us:
I really enjoyed Bai Bua Thai Cuisine’s version of the popular Thai dessert – Mango Sticky Rice. The dessert was certainly scrumptious, but what impressed me the most was the attention to detail given to its presentation. A perfect combination of taste, beauty, and style.
Selected by Areta Wong of Foodgressing.
“Bai Bua Thai Cuisine is a small family-owned Thai restaurant in the East Village that opened late last year. Their mango sticky rice dessert is a beautifully presented dish with intricately placed mango slices, resembling a flower. A dish almost too beautiful to eat, you’ll love the play on textures with the sticky rice, coconut milk, and mango slices.”
Address: 2443 East Hastings Street
“Undoubtedly, when you hear the name ‘Mango Yummy’ you think of all the mango-licious goodies you can eat. That is the case at Mango Yummy, a dessert shop across from Richmond Centre on No. 3 Road in Richmond. Mango Yummy is the Diner’s Choice winner of the 2016 Chinese Restaurant Awards for Best Mango Sago with Pomelo/Grapefruit. Made with mango, grapefruit, sago, coconut milk, cream, and sugar, this dessert will leave you feeling refreshed and satisfied.”
Address: 6564 No.3 Road, Richmond
“Now until April 30, mango dessert lovers can enjoy two delicious mango offerings at BETA 5 chocolates. The first is a spiced mango cream puff, made with mango curd, cinnamon, and a star anise spiced Chantilly. The second is a frozen treat, comprised of BETA 5’s mango ice cream, which comes sandwiched between a black tea sugar cookie.”
Address: 413 Industrial Avenue
“Crackle Crème is a unique dessert spot in Chinatown known for their artisan crème brûlée and authentic Belgian Liège waffles. For a delicious vegan dessert, check out the mango coconut crème brûlée, which will leave you lingering for more.”
Address: 245 Union Street
“Tropical sunshine for your taste buds is what you can expect when you take a bite out of Bon Macaron Patisserie’s latest macaron flavor, Mango Papaya. Bon Macaron has also created original mango and mango orange macaron flavours.”
Address: 2823 West Broadway
Address: 545-1689 Johnston Street
“The chilled mango pudding at Fortune House Seafood Restaurant at Metrotown is shaped like a koi fish, which symbolizes good fortune and prosperity. Fortune House Seafood is a partner restaurant of Mealshare, a program that aims to provide millions of meals to those in need both locally and globally. For every mango pudding purchased, a meal will be provided to someone in need.”
Address: Metropolis at Metrotown, Upper Level, 2199A-4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
“With multiple locations in Metro Vancouver, Icy Bar is a reliable go-to place for some shaved ice treats. Their most popular shaved ice dessert is the Fresh Mango Ice Creamy Icy, which is topped with fresh mango, vanilla ice cream, and drizzled with mango syrup. This dessert is certainly a tasty way to beat the heat in the summer.”
Address: Multiple locations (please check website)
“Instagrammers are smitten by Richmond’s Snowy Village, which specializes in Patbingsu (Bingsoo) – a Korean shaved ice and red bean dessert. While they offer a few fruit bingsoo options, including blueberry and strawberry, we all know that mango is the best way to go.”
Address: 8571 Alexandra Drive, Richmond
“At The BBT Shop you’ll find a delicious selection of bubble tea drinks and an array of innovative bubble waffles. The one that stands out the most is presented in parfait form, and consists of a mango bubble waffle, mango ice cream, and mango drizzle.”
Address: 4615 No. 3 Road, Richmond