If you’re looking for some fantastic new ideas for delicious desserts, then Asian cuisine might well have the recipes and ideas for you!
There are of course thousands of different desserts hailing from Asia, and so if you’re interested in Asian desserts, you’re in the right place!
We’ve got 23 of the absolute best recipes for fruity, sweet, and delicious desserts from all over Asia.
You’ll absolutely love just how great they all taste!
Chè is a really popular drink in Vietnam that can be made in so many different ways!
This particular recipe is made with a lot of absolutely delicious fruits, giving it such a sweet and refreshing flavor. You’ll use jackfruit, lychee, longan, and coconut ai-yu jelly and a can of toddy palm seeds.
You’re also going to make the most important part of Chè Thái – the delicious “red rubies” that are a combination of water chestnuts, tapioca starch, and some red food coloring.
So not only is this a deliciously fruity drink, but it’s also a colorful one too!
If you’ve never heard of darsaan before, then don’t worry, you’ll soon learn how delicious it is!
Darsaan is deep fried flat noodles, essentially – and this recipe will show you exactly how to make them!
That’s not all, of course, as this recipe just wouldn’t be as fantastically delicious as it is without the delicious ice cream!
You’ll also learn how to make an absolutely amazing honey syrup to cover it all in.
You’ll use honey, sugar, roasted sesame seeds, vanilla extract, and some water to make a rich, sticky, and super sweet sauce that tops this delicious dessert off perfectly.
This fantastic treat is every bit as indulgent and decadent as it’s name is ridiculous!
Yes, it is really called “Hello to the Queen”, and whatever that’s supposed to mean, it definitely means that you’re in for an absolutely delightful dessert, that’s full of chocolate, ice cream, and biscuits!
As the author says, there are so many variations of this idea sold all over Asia – so you should feel free to experiment with your own ideas for great tasting ingredients!
Mochi is a type of rice cake that’s a traditional Japanese treat. They’re absolutely delicious, and actually really simple to make – and this fantastic recipe will teach you just how to make them quickly and easily!
You’ll only need a few ingredients too. A cup of sweetened bean paste, a cup of rice flour, some matcha powder, half a cup of cornstarch, and a cup of water.
You’ll have them ready in no time, once you’ve given the red bean paste a few hours to freeze – so perhaps do that step overnight before making these delicious rice treats!
Shwe yin aye is a delicious Burmese dessert that’s commonly made and consumed around the time of Thingyan – the Burmese New Year.
Of course, there’s nothing stopping you enjoying this delicious drink at any time of the year!
You’ll make delicious “red rubies” with this recipe – made from water chestnuts colored red with food coloring.
You’ll also add some really refreshing yet heart ingredients too – tapioca pearls, sweet corn, 2 purple sweet potatoes, and shredded coconut!
Ruam Mit is a deliciously colorful dessert hailing from Thailand. It’s so vibrant looking, that of course it tastes fantastic!
This is at least in part because it’s actually a combination of other desserts. As the author of this particular recipe for ruam mit states, the most common desserts used to make ruam mit are krong-krang and thapthim krop.
You’ll use green, blue, and red food colorings to make this dish look as fantastic as it should!
Once a much simpler dish, ais kacang (which means, quite simply, “iced beans) has evolved a long way from a simple dessert of.
Well, iced beans. It’s now an extremely vibrant and colorful dessert – and not to forget, extremely full of delicious flavor!
It still makes great use of beans, of course – after all, it could hardly have the name ais kacang without them!
For this recipe, you’ll use adzuki beans – if you can’t find them at your local supermarket, try asking at an Asian grocery store!
Cendol is an absolutely delicious iced dessert that is extremely popular in many countries all across Southeast Asia.
It’s known by many names too! Cendol is the name that’s used for it in Malaysia.
It’s a great drink for the summer, and if you’re making it for someone who’s never tried it before, they’re going to be absolutely fascinated by the pandan jellies!
Serve with azuki beans, yellow mung beans, coconut milk and crushed ice for the most delicious and refreshing experience.
Considered (unofficially, at least) to be the national dessert of the Philippines, Halo-halo is an absolutely delicious treat that’s perfect for the summertime!
There are so many different ways that you can make it too – this recipe is just one of many different ways. As the author herself says, you can put pretty much anything you like in halo-halo!
This recipe uses a lot of delicious fruits and vegetables, as well as a delicious topping of ice cream or jam – completely up to you!
No matter how you make this fantastic treat, you’ll be sure to love how full of great summer flavor it is.
Khanom krok (or khanom khrok) are one of the most popular desserts and street foods in Thailand!
They are absolutely full of the delicious flavor of coconuts, thanks to the quarter cup of shredded coconut, and quarter cup of coconut milk that you’ll use for this recipe.
And that’s just for the shell – the filling uses an entire extra cup of delicious coconut milk!
If that’s not enough coconut, then the recipe has a suggestion for a further step – grease the pan in coconut oil for even more of that delicious aroma!
This isn’t just a delicious treat, but it’s one with a spectacular coloration too! That’s down to the optional green food coloring, but when the results are this vibrant, then why not make sure to include it?
It’s the perfect way to add the finishing touch to this amazing coconut and pandan flavored cake!
Whether you use it or not, they’ll still taste absolutely delicious, of course.
And another great thing, you can store them for up to a week in an airtight container in the refrigerator!
A key part of many Asian desserts, and a delicious thing to make in its own right, ube halaya jam tastes absolutely fantastic!
You’ll need to be able to get hold of a pound and a half of ube for this recipe – either fresh or frozen ube will do.
You’ll need a few hours to make this recipe, but when it’s done you’ll have a delicious, thick jam with a luscious purple color!
It tastes great, looks great, and you can use it in so many different recipes. What’s more, you can keep it in the fridge for up to 5 days, or keep it in the freezer for up to 4 months!
Bubur kacang hijau, also known as Burjo, is a sweet dessert made from mung beans that’s popular all over Southeast Asia.
It’s delicious and easy to make – and if you’ve got a rice cooker, then you can use it to make this fantastic treat!
If not, then that’s no problem, as you can easily make this recipe in a pan on a stove, or even in a slow cooker.
As the author states, it’s a popular breakfast dish – and as it only takes under half an hour to make (as long as you’ve pre-soaked the mung beans), you don’t even have to put too much effort in!
This is a fantastic recipe for a great tasting classif Filipino treat! Taho is a delicious sweet snack from the Philippines.
It’s made with silken tofu, sago, and/or tapioca pearls. Served in a syrup made from a cup and a quarter of brown sugar, it’s no surprise at all to learn that this is one seriously sweet recipe!
The delicious addition of a teaspoon of vanilla flavoring makes this even richer and creamier too – oh so delicious!
Banh gan is so delicious, and you will absolutely love this recipe for it! It’s made with just 9 ingredients, and takes just over an hour in total to make.
Once it’s done, you’ll be so pleased with how delicious it is!
Although the name “Banh gan” might translate to “liver cake”, that doesn’t mean that this cake actually contains any liver at all!
Far from it – in fact, the name only comes from the appearance of the cake.
Anmitsu is such a delicious dessert, and one that’s full of color too!
This recipe uses red bean paste, green tea ice cream, your favorite colorful fruits, and optional red endomame peas to provide it with not just great flavor, but rich, beautiful coloration too.
However, for most of us, the most striking part of this dish will be the kanten jelly!
It’s a translucent jelly that’s made from seaweed – meaning that not only is it a perfect and fascinating part of this recipe, but it’s also suitable for both vegans and vegetarians too.
Traditionally served during the Mid-Autumn Festival in China, mooncakes are regarded as a delicacy and offered to friends and family during the celebrations.
As befits a delicacy, they’re not really a very easy treat to make, so this recipe may be a little much to handle for inexperienced bakers.
Those bakers with quite a few notches on their rolling pin, however, will look forward to the challenge – and everybody who gets a mooncake will be so grateful that someone stepped up and made some!
You’re likely aware of just how popular rice is in Asian cuisine – it’s definitely one of the single most versatile foods used around the world.
It’s safe to say that you’ll never run out of new recipes and ways to use rice!
One such example is a delicious dessert called tang yuan. They’re a kind of rice flour dumpling that are traditionally made during the Chinese New Year celebrations.
You can make them anytime, of course!
Non-Thai speaking people might of course have some difficulty with the name of this dish, so it may be easier to refer to it (as the author of this recipe does) as sticky mango rice!
Now, doesn’t that sound just absolutely delicious?
It’s a really popular Thai street food, and this recipe will show you just how you can make it for yourself at home in just under an hour.
So easy, and so delicious – so don’t worry if you can’t quite pronounce the name correctly!
There are so many absolutely delicious things that you can do with bananas.
Add another one to your list of recipes, because you’re going to absolutely love this Indonesian-style recipe for fried bananas, also known as pisang goreng!
You’ll learn how to make your very own delicious and perfect pisang goreng batter for this recipe, using rice flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt, and water.
Coat your bananas with the batter and fry them until they’re deliciously crispy. As the recipe says, these are at their best when they’re served immediately!
This is yet another fantastic traditional Asian recipe for a dessert that’s not just full of amazing flavor, but full of rich and vibrant color too!
This is a steamed layer cake, with layers made not just with different colors (this recipe calls for green and food coloring to make the layers really stand out), but also with different ingredients too!
It’s probably fair to say that, if you’ve never eaten red bean soup before, you could be forgiven for thinking that it looks a little less than appetizing.
However, if you’re brave enough to get past the murky brown hue and give it a taste, you’ll find out just how absolutely deliciously sweet this fantastic soup is!
You’ll need to make sure that you soak your dried adzuki beans overnight so that they’re ready to cook when you want to begin.
Aiyu jelly isn’t just great as a jelly dessert on its own – although it’s certainly fantastic for that! It’s also extremely versatile, and can be used in many other recipes – such as the recipe for chè thái that you’ll also find on this list!
You make aiyu jelly from the seeds of the creeping fig plant. It’s really easy to make – simply submerge aiyu seeds in a mesh bag into a bowl of water.
Rub and squeeze until the water turns yellow and becomes kind of slimy, and then let it set in the fridge.
So easy – flavor with lime juice and honey to make it deliciously sweet and tangy!
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Are There So Many Great Asian Desserts?
Well, simply put – Asia is absolutely huge! There are so many different cultures, each with their own culinary approaches.
Can I Really Make All Of These At Home?
Yes – all of these recipes are possible to make in your very own kitchen, and barely any of them rely on anything but the most basic kitchen equipment!
What If I Can’t Find The Ingredients?
Unless the recipe simply can’t work without a specific ingredient, you can often find substitutes!
However, some ingredients simply can’t be replaced, unfortunately.
No doubt you’re already on your way to the kitchen to prepare one of these fantastic recipes!
Have fun, whatever you decide to make!