If you love Asian desserts, you’re going to be delighted to learn that you can make tons of easy traditional Asian desserts at home.
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We are all accustomed to seeing easy treats such as fortune cookies, almond cookies, and pudding at Asian restaurants. However, there’s a whole world of Asian desserts out there to explore. And every Asian cuisine has its own traditional desserts. Many are fruit based, while others are made with sugar and flour.
Most of us have a favorite Asian food restaurant, and when we go there, we love the unusual and delicious oriental desserts.
Although they may seem complicated to make, there are lots of Asian dessert recipes that are surprisingly easy.
From adorable little cookies to easy Asian dessert recipes for unique treats, there is something on this list for everyone.
Ready to learn more? Let’s dive in and explore these 24 delicious Asian inspired desserts.
Honestly, we don’t know what’s more adorable: these little Vietnamese snowballs or the cupcake wrappers they’re in.
And it’s certain that these adorable little Asian desserts will taste as delicious as they look.
At the center of each snowball is yummy soft sweetness that can be either mung bean or coconut (and the recipe has instructions for both). The outer layer is covered in coconut.
Traditional Vietnamese snowballs can be time-consuming, so it was great to find this recipe for a quick and easy delicious dessert.
Egg tarts are a popular Chinese dessert that has silky egg custard baked in a buttery, crispy puff pastry shell.
You can often find these sweet little custard tarts at Chinese bakeries and dim sum restaurants.
The dessert dates back to the early 1920s in Guangzhou, China.
The filling for these little Asian desserts is sweet and delicate with a creamy vanilla flavor.
If you’ve ever enjoyed a hearty Chinese food buffet, you have undoubtedly seen these yummy little Asian desserts
During Chinese New Year, these cookies symbolize coins, and they supposedly bring you good luck (or good fortune!) in the coming year.
You make these cookies with almond flour, too. Be sure to use pure almond extract and garnish the cookies with sliced almonds.
Fried bananas are extremely popular Asian desserts in several Asian countries, including Thailand and Singapore.
Also known as Goreng Pisang, this sweet treat is made from ripe bananas that are dipped into rice flour and then coconut batter.
The fried bananas are coated with sesame seeds or til seeds. Dust them with powdered sugar.
Enjoy your fried bananas with a cup of Thai tea.
If you want to make these adorable cookies in an authentic way, you need a traditional dasik mold. Unfortunately, you can’t find this in the U.S.
However, you can try to make them with silicone molds or find a dasik mold online.
All you need to make these cute and tasty little cookies is roasted sesame seeds (or sesame seed powder) and sea salt.
The honey syrup is made with sugar, honey, rice syrup, and water.
These Korean tea cookies are no-bake cookies, and that’s just another reason to love them.
These little cookies are buttery and tender and require just six ingredients: butter, flour, eggs, pure vanilla extract, and sugar. You will need cocoa powder to make the chocolate cookies.
To make these cookies super delicate, you need to use a food processor to mix all the ingredients. However, there is another way to make them if you want to mix them by hand.
You can also use cookie cutters to make these cookies into traditional shapes, such as dove-shaped cookies.
When you make green tea mochi at home, it’s soft, sweet, and chewy with a delightful green color and yummy matcha flavor.
As a Japanese treat, this recipe is made with rice flour and matcha powder, and it can be modified to use fillings such as strawberry, red bean paste, or ice cream.
Best of all, you can make this green tea mochi in less than 15 minutes and it’s vegan.
If you’re put off by how this soup looks, try to keep an open mind about this black sesame soup. It’s yummier than it looks!
Also, it’s made from black sesame, which is widely considered to be super healthy.
It’s common for people to eat this soup for breakfast, believe it or not.
You will need a blender to make this soup unless you buy an instant variety.
Anytime we can use matcha (green tea powder) in a recipe, we know it’s going to be delicious!
These matcha green tea cookies are basically sugar cookies with gorgeous green color.
These cookies are crispy and chewy, a combination we love in Asian desserts.
The matcha gives these cookies an excellent and unique flavor and we’re here for it.
To make these yummy cookies, you need all of the regular ingredients for sugar cookies and matcha green tea powder.
You can serve these green tea cookies with some green tea ice cream.
If you’re looking for light Asian desserts to end the perfect summer meal, you can’t go wrong with this recipe for Chinese almond float that’s made with fresh fruit.
This recipe is sometimes made with a canned fruit cocktail, and that can make the dish a little sweeter.
However, this recipe calls for pineapple chunks and diced fresh mango, along with longan or lychee and maraschino cherries.
Almond milk adds flavor. Don’t use too much almond extract, because it tends to be overpowering.
Mangos are popular in many cuisines around the world and are particularly popular in Asian cuisines.
This Chinese mango pudding is frequently served in Chinese restaurants, and you’ve probably already enjoyed this creamy and silky sweet treat.
The secret to getting your mango pudding perfect is to taste-test every single mango you use to make this pudding.
Mangos should be ripe and soft, and they should have a delicious sweet taste.
You will need to use a food processor to make this pudding super creamy.
A sweet rice cake is a beloved traditional Korean dish, and there are lots of rice cake recipes out there.
To make these rice cakes, you need pre-made frozen or fresh Korean rice cakes, so it’s super easy.
This recipe for Korean sweet rice cakes with honey may be one of the easiest recipes on this list of Asian dessert recipes.
Then, these rice cakes are drizzled with honey. Yum!
The dark color of these cookies makes them so interesting, and sesame seeds add tons of flavor.
This recipe brings together the earthiness of wonderful black sesame seeds and the chocolate goodness of chocolate chip cookies.
The recipe calls for both white granulated sugar and light brown sugar, and they’re both needed for these cookies to be exceptional.
Semisweet chocolate chips add more flavor than sweeter varieties.
If you like baked apples, you will fall head over heels in love with this steamed pear recipe.
Steamed pear made like this is called Baesuk in Korean.
Traditionally, this Asian dessert is served to people who are sick with a cold. However, we think it’s probably pretty tasty even when you’re feeling well.
To make this recipe, you take a whole pear and cut off the top. Then, hollow out the inside.
The inside is stuffed with honey, pine nuts, jujube, cinnamon, and ginger.
These peanuts are a traditional Chinese recipe and the peanuts are roasted for a couple of hours in the oven.
To make them, you need traditional Chinese five-spice powder, sea salt, garlic powder, and organic sugar.
This recipe is a bit different than other recipes for Chinese five-spice peanuts because the peanuts are boiled before roasting them.
Boiling them first allows the peanuts to be crunchier and firmer.
After they’re roasted, these peanuts are allowed to sit overnight in the oven with the heat turned off.
16. Chinese Nougat
Chinese nougat is sometimes called Chinese milk candy and it’s a traditional Chinese New Year candy.
The crunchy roasted peanuts make this candy so delightful. It will remind you a bit of the traditional holiday candy in the U.S. called divinity.
This Chinese milk candy may also remind you of a vanilla Tootsie Roll.
This marshmallow nougat is one of the Asian dessert recipes that are super simple to make because it has just three ingredients: roasted peanuts, marshmallows, and powdered whole milk.
Maybe you’re thinking that using red beans in a dessert seems odd, but don’t knock it until you try it.
These sweet red beans taste very similar to a sweet potato, and they’re delicious.
The sticky rice cakes have a crispy exterior, and the red beans on the inside are gooey and yummy.
You can smell the toasted sesame seeds while they are cooking.
This recipe calls for only four ingredients. In addition to the red bean paste, you need glutinous rice flour, vegetable oil, and white roasted sesame seeds.
Love ice cream? Everyone who is an ice cream lover must try kulfi.
Kulfi is a super creamy Indian ice cream that is made with pistachios and seasoned with cardamom and saffron.
Traditionally, kulfi is made by boiling milk for a long time over medium heat. However, this recipe makes it easy to prepare kulfi.
To make this kulfi ice cream extra creamy, you use heavy cream. The sweetness in this ice cream comes from sweetened condensed milk. Of course, anything with sweetened condensed milk is delicious.
The raw pistachios add tons of nutty flavor to this ice cream.
If you want a unique frozen condensed milk treat that’s similar to ice cream to serve to friends and family, give this kulfi ice cream recipe a try.
Several different Asian cuisines have a version of mango sticky rice, and this recipe is for the Thai dessert. Wow, does this look delicious!
Also known as Khao neow mamuang, this recipe is specifically for coconut sticky rice with mango (mamuang) in the style of Thai street food.
Sticky rice is a staple in Thai cooking in the north and northeastern parts of the country.
To make this dish, the sticky rice is steamed and then mixed with sugar and thick coconut cream. Then, pair it with a beautifully ripe sweet yellow mango.
Not everyone knows this, but dairy products like butter and cream were somewhat uncommon in some areas of China (and other Asian cuisine) until recent decades.
Even now, you don’t typically find an oven in a traditional Chinese kitchen.
Chinese treats are traditionally made on the top of the stove.
This cake is similar to a Western idea of a cake, but it’s made using a steamer basket.
The only ingredients you need to make this cake are eggs, granulated sugar, cake flour, salt, vanilla extract, and baking powder.
This dessert with Asian flavors is perfect with a cup of bubble tea or boba tea. A dollop of whipped cream on top is perfect.
Japanese custard pudding that is flavored with caramel is called Purin. If you’ve ever eaten Mexican flan, this pudding probably looks similar to that.
The best thing about purin is that no special ingredients are required, so it’s easy to make this creamy pudding at home.
You can make this recipe with milk replacements such as almond milk, but the regular whole milk adds flavor.
To make the caramel sauce, you need water and sugar. Be sure to dissolve the sugar. Don’t stir it.
If you’re a coffee connoisseur, you can’t miss trying Vietnamese iced coffee.
Vietnamese coffee is a bit different from the iced coffee you get at places like Starbucks and is one of the more unique Asian desserts.
For one thing, it’s much sweeter. But also, you need crushed ice to make this delicious java recipe.
Also, Vietnamese coffee is made with dark roast coffee. The recipe author recommends either Cafe du Monde Coffee with Chickory or Trung Nguyen Premium Blend coffee.
However, you can use any dark-roast coffee, including a good French roast coffee.
23. Modak Recipe
Modak is a steamed dumpling that has an outer layer of rice flour dough. The interior is a stuffing made of coconut jaggery.
This sweet Indian treat is made in Hindu homes during the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival.
The most popular type of modak is made from Maharashtrian cuisine.
To make the outer covering for the modak, you need rice flour, ghee, salt, and water.
Modak filling is made from freshly grated coconut, grated or powdered jaggery, nutmeg, cardamom, poppy seeds, rice flour, and ghee.
24. Castella Cake
A classic castella cake is a delicious sponge cake that is made with honey and whipped egg white.
This Asian dessert is a lovely cake that is super light and perfect with fresh fruit and a cup of hot tea.
Use bread flour to make this cake for the best results. This will give you a nice bouncy texture that can’t be achieved with all-purpose flour.
Be careful not to overmix this batter. You want to blend in all the flour lumps, but don’t mix so much that air bubbles develop.
For more easy Asian desserts to make, check out this video from Tasty.
Our Best Asian Desserts (+Five-Minute Vietnamese Iced Coffee)
- 3 Tbsp. dark roast coffee
- 3/4 cup boiling water
- 2 Tbsp. sweetened condensed milk
- 2/3-1 cup crushed ice
- Brew the Vietnamese coffee with a French press or another coffeemaker.
- In a tall glass, add the sweetened condensed milk.
- Pour the coffee over the milk.
- Add crushed ice and enjoy.
Organize all the required ingredients.
Enjoy the food.