At the end of most Chinese meals, seasonal fresh fruit is often served as dessert. But the cuisine has a number of sweets that are popular at home and here in the U.S., some of which are only made for special holiday periods. Here we go!
Chinese Almond Cookies
A popular offering at bakeries, Chinese almond cookies are a confection that’s surprisingly simple to make at home. The dough is rolled into a log, then sliced and topped with a single almond before baking. They’re often served at festivals as well as Chinese New Year celebrations.
To form this almond float dessert, gelatin is mixed with sugar, almond extract, and evaporated milk, then chilled inside a mold. It’s sliced and served with a fruit cocktail and syrup mixture. Feel free to use fresh chopped up fruit. It’s especially good as a refreshing treat on a hot summer day.
Asian-Style Banana Fritters
Unlike American versions of banana fritters—where the fruit is mixed with the batter, then fried—these Asian-style banana bites keep the fruit intact, coating them in a thin layer of batter before frying. This dessert is lighter than expected and is delicious served with a caramel sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds.
Children will love these egg roll wrappers, which are twisted and deep-fried, dipped into a brown sugar syrup, and left to harden. Often served cold, the bow ties are a fun and festive treat that can also simply be dusted with powdered sugar, similar to the carnival confection of fried dough.
Chinese Steamed Sponge Cake
What makes this Chinese steamed sponge cake different from a typical sponge cake is that it is steamed, making it extremely moist. Egg whites are beaten until frothy and then the yolks, sugar, and flour are added; a bit of almond extract gives the cake a nice flavor. Once the batter is poured into the pan, it is set in a wok filled with simmering water and covered until cooked.
Popular in Hong Kong, mango pudding is often served at dim sum. The texture is smooth and creamy and the flavor is sweet and refreshing. Instead of regular milk, coconut milk is added, which not only makes this dessert lactose-free but also even more delicious as the coconut brings out the natural sweetness of the mango.
The ingredients for the recipes above are quite easy to find in the supermarket. You may try to please all your family members with a sweet treat or unusual desserts. Easy to cook Chinese desserts can be the best option!