Best Dessert Around the Asia

A meal isn’t complete without dessert. That’s true around the world, but desserts differ from country to country. If you are like me, having a separate stomach for sweet stuff, you are in for a special treat today because I am going to show you my favorite sugar treats!

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Mochi, Japan

Lovely and colorful bite-sized treats make any adults, let alone kids in delight. Traditionally, mochi is made with glutinous rice and can be found in varying shapes, but you can also enjoy these delicious desserts as an ice cream treat.


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Mango with sticky rice, Thailand

One of my favorite, it is so hard to choose between this and the Thai Red Rubies Dessert because both satisfies my sweet tooth and my thirst for something rich in flavor and creamy. The mango with sticky rice stood out because of the smooth rice texture and the sweet mango. You know it is hard to find a mango that is sweet and oh-so-juicy!

Ice Kacang, Singapore

One of the best thing to have on a hot sweltering day is a bowl of ice. Not just any ice, but shaved ice topped with colorful syrup and corn syrup at the peak. Below the mountain of ice, lies attap chee, red beans, and squishy looking green jelly. In the olden days, the Ice Kacang used to be served in a ball like shaved ice, wrapped around with a plastic bag. Kids like my younger self will suck the sweet syrup with our mouths stuck at the ball of ice. Now for hygiene and convenience purposes, the mountainous bowl of ice replace the ice ball version.

Screen Shot 2016-04-24 at 4.39.31 PMCendol, Malaysia

Very similar to Ice Kacang, in fact, they are almost brothers. The only difference is the special ingredient used. Cendol has coconut milk, makes it sweet and creamy as well. Some restaurant serves it in a bowl but I have found many who serve it as a drink instead of dessert. Either which, it is a must have drink if you are in Malaysia.

Screen Shot 2016-04-24 at 4.43.13 PMDragon Beard Candy, China

Dragon Beard Candy is an Asian dessert with similarities to cotton candy. First introduced in China, it spread in popularity and even became a coveted treat for Korean royalties. Made of sugar and maltose syrup and sometimes stuffed with ingredients such as coconut and peanuts.

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Ice Monster, Taiwan

The “mango avalanche”—shaved ice piled high with cubes of fresh fruit, mango pudding, condensed milk, and mango sorbet. It’s enough for four dainty eaters or two ravenous ones. You can imagine this is super popular among the youths during hot summers. If you do go to Taiwan, do try to have as many fruits as possible because they are the sweetest ones you can find especially mangos, strawberries, and pineapples.

Tteok, Korea

Tteok is arguably Korea’s most famous dessert and there are hundreds of different kinds of tteok eaten year round. In Korea, it is customary to eat tteok guk (tteok soup) on New Year’s Day and sweet tteok at weddings and on birthdays. It is soft sticky rice balls that are drizzled in sugar, honey, and lemon syrup.

Num Ansom Chek, Cambodia

This is one of Cambodia’s most well-known desserts and is commonly eaten and served on holidays and festivals. It is a cylindrical rice cake wrapped in banana leaves and filled with bananas.

Chè Bà Ba, Vietnam

This is a typical Southern Vietnamese dessert, which contains a variety of ingredients. It has a coconut milk soup base and square pieces of taro, cassava, and khoai lang bí, a kind of long sweet potato with red skin and yellow flesh.

Egg Pudding, Hong Kong

If properly steamed, this sweet egg pudding should have a silky texture resembling soft bean curd. Eaten hot, topped with drips of condensed milk to give it a creamy sweet taste.

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Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food

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