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Top 10 Asian Desserts

De-stress with desserts!

Tempting desserts could be found all over the world, but there are sweet treats that can only be found in Asian countries.

When we talk about Asian desserts, it’s not just about mangoes, coconuts and glutinous rice balls. Though it’s more of that, frankly speaking. Asian desserts are completely a mix of satisfaction and longing. These top Asian desserts will surely satisfy your sweet tooth’s craving and certainly be something you’ll long for.

Buko Pie

Asia is the home for million coconut trees. Coconuts are everywhere. They are very much loved and used in almost all aspects of living, including food. Buko Pie is a popular Asian dessert made of young coconuts. Take a bite and you’ll understand why many people love coconuts.

Buko pie, sometimes anglicized as coconut pie, is a traditional Filipino baked young-coconut custard pie.
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Egg Custard Tarts

The ever famous Egg tarts from Hong Kong is truly a piece of heaven. Locals and travellers would always take a bite of the delicious egg custard tart and end up forcing themselves to stop because of its irresistible taste.

Famous egg tarts from 泰昌餅家 Tai Cheong Bakery
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Ichigo Daifuku

A classic Japanese dessert is ultimately as good as it looks. Glutinous cake + whole strawberry + red bean paste, a perfect combination. For sure, you will delve into these sweet delights for a couple of times.

Ichigo Daifuku: Japanese rice cake with strawberry.
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Onde-onde or Buah Melaka

A must-try dessert in Singapore and Malaysia is Onde-onde or Buah Melaka. It is a combination of gula melaka, pandan and the ever-popular, coconut. Everything about this kuih is just so special, so don’t miss to pop this bite-sized dessert into your mouth.

Onde-onde or Buah Melaka is a Malaysian traditional kuih (cakes) made from glutinous rice flour or sweet potatoes and filled with coconut palm sugar.
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The best treat for the scorching summer heat. Halo-Halo is a popular cold dessert in the Philippines. It is a mixture of shaved ice, fruits, sweet beans, ice cream and evaporated milk. This will surely satisfy your sweet tooth and sweltering throat.

Halo-halo also spelled haluhalo, is a popular Filipino cold desserts which is a concoction of crushed ice, evaporated milk and various ingredients.
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Khao Niao Ma Muang

Asia has been recognized for coconuts, mangoes and sticky rice. And this very famous Thai dessert, Khao Niao Mamuang, is just the perfect representation of Asian dessert. It is a combination of sweet coconut sticky rice and mango. What more could you ask for?

Mango sticky rice is a traditional Thai desserts made with glutinous rice, fresh mango and coconut milk
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Banh Chuoi Hap

Asia is also abundant in bananas and in the country of Vietnam, bananas are baked into perfection. This yummy Viet banana cake is usually served with creamy coconut paste. A perfect delicacy for all travellers out there

Steamed banana cake (Bánh Chuối Hấp) is one of the most incredible desserts in Vietnam.
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A unique dessert made of banana and jackfruit. Turon is a specialty in the Philippines’ stretched out in the local streets and classy restaurants. Munch it directly or dip the hot Turon in an ice cream for a more satisfying taste!

Turon, also known as lumpiang saging, is a Philippine snack made of thinly sliced bananas, dusted with brown sugar, rolled in a spring roll wrapper and fried.
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Tang Yuan is a sweet delight that originated from China and is now a recognized dessert in its neighbouring countries. It is made of ginger soup and then topped with glutinous rice balls and black sesame paste.

Tangyuan or tang yuan is a Chinese desserts that is a ball of glutinous rice flour and water that has been either boiled and served in a hot broth or syrup or else deep-fried.
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Sticky rice will never go out of style in every Asian dessert. In the country of Laos, sticky rice is combined with a banana to have a dessert called Kauthomp. Kauthomp is a common street dessert that could make your tummy happy. It is also served in different countries like Thailand and Myanmar.

Kauthomp is one of the common street desserts that could make your tummy happy.