Chinese food is easily one of the most popular cuisines around the world. However, it is mostly known for its savory superstars like chow mein and steamed wontons. There are also a number of sweet delights on the Chinese menu that are worth trying. Here are a few that you can easily make at home.
- Grass Jelly
This is a popular kind of jelly made using the mesona Chinensis plant which is a type of mint. Not only is this popular with people of all ages, but the plant has also been shown to have a lot of medicinal benefits, especially for intestinal problems. There are many variations to the recipe, but the core concept is to combine the plants’ extracts with sugar and a thickening agent to make a firm jelly.
- Almond Jelly
The name for this jelly is a bit misleading since it is actually made from the heart of apricot seeds, which do look like almonds. The kernels from the apricot seeds are ground up to extract the milk, then sugar and a thickener are added. The result is one of the most popular Chinese desserts which resembles a pudding. This is a quick recipe you can put together in minutes.
- Sweet Soup Balls
These sweet and sticky rice balls are part of Tangyuan soup, which is a popular dish that’s served during large family dinners. It is mostly found in Sichuan cuisine and is a major part of the lantern festival which celebrates the full moon. The round rice balls are a symbol of the full moon during this time of year.
- Sweet Egg Bun
These buns are extremely popular in southern China. They are typically served warm and have a liquid egg yolk center with some sugar. It may sound a little unusual but it is very similar to a cream-filled donut. These are steamed buns so they are very low in calories and easy to make.
- Pumpkin Pancake
These are popular sweet snacks in the wintertime. They consist of flour, sugar, and pumpkin and they can be extremely sweet. In some cases, they are also coated with sesame seeds. When making them at home, you can always adjust the sweetness to your liking. You can use molds to get the traditional Chinese look. Simply combine all the ingredients and fry till golden brown and fragrant.
- Egg Tarts
This dessert was brought in by the Portuguese. It is very similar to a lemon tart found in the west. The center is a warm and soft egg filling, usually with added colorings to give it a bright yellow color. Encapsulated in a crisp and sweet-tart base. These are small bite-sized delights best served warm. They are very easy to make, and there are many ways you can customize them.
All the sweets we have discussed here are made using simple ingredients that you can find at your local convenience store. If you want to get the most authentic experience, you should get original ingredients from a specialty store and also some proper utensils to get the right shape and form of the sweets. Make these when you need them as they won’t last more than a couple of days in the fridge.