The exquisite and exotic gastronomy of the Near, Middle, and Far East are increasingly appreciated by the palates of the world. In this vast expanse, not only endless delicious dishes are prepared that are capable of astonishing anyone. Asian desserts are also an excellent manifestation of the varied cultures and flavors of this continent.
Each preparation is an evocation of each region, its taste, and its respective passion for sweet flavors. The list is simply endless, but here we bring you a few, full of history and tradition.
Asian desserts to travel through taste
One of the favorite options in South Korea for summer times because of the freshness it brings. Originally, in older times, it was simply made up of grated ice accompanied by a sweet cream of adzuki beans (known as pat), a type of red legume grown in Asia.
Today this snack has been “modernized.” It is usually accompanied by yogurt ice cream, condensed milk, fruit-flavored syrup, pieces of tteok (rice cake), chopped fruits such as kiwi, strawberries or bananas, gelatin, and cereals. The varieties of this dessert that do not contain the aforementioned beans are only called bingsu.
From Japan. It is a very famous glutinous rice cake in these lands. Previously it was prepared for special occasions or to celebrate the new year, a holiday in which it is traditional. However, with the passing of the years, it became a famous mouthful of the Japanese people.
It is prepared by letting the rice soak for a few hours to cook it and then mash it. Later it is molded in a spherical or rectangular shape. They can be filled with different ingredients, either sweet or salty, and dyed with colorants to make them more eye-catching.
A classic of the iconic street gastronomy of Thailand. It is a type of crepes based on rice flour that has a great resemblance to Mexican tacos due to the way they are served.
They are usually filled with coconut cream along with a wide variety of sweet or savory accompaniments. Among the latter, the fried egg strips and chopped onions stand out.
The well-known Chinese moon cake. This is most frequently consumed during ceremonies related to the Mid-Autumn Festival, one of the most important in China. This celebration centers on the moon, and these cakes are part of the party.
They can be prepared round or square, about 10 centimeters in diameter and about half thick. The layer of dough is thin and can carry various fillings, among which a lotus seed paste or cooked eggs stand out. It is a faithful companion to tea and it is said that giving it to loved ones attracts harmony and longevity.
Of the Asian desserts that stand out in India. They are balls of chenna type curd cheese, very typical of the region, which are soaked in sugar or milk syrup and seasoned with saffron or cardamom. When served, they are accompanied with pistachios, almonds and dried fruits. Some resemble its flavor to that of a cheesecake.
A delight for the Filipinos. It is a spice of jelly made with a purée of purple yam, an Asian variety of the tuber. It is prepared by adding condensed milk and grated coconut to enhance the sweetness of the recipe.
This in turn is applied in other sweets such as cakes or ice cream.
Bánh Chuối Nướng
A cake based on bread and banana that delights palates in Vietnam. It is prepared by soaking pieces of bread in coconut milk and then joining it to pieces of the yellow fruit. It is baked in the oven and is a good dish for any time.
These Asian desserts are just a sample of the sweet side that these magnificent cultures can offer.