Cool down with these mung bean cakes, a refreshing and healthy dessert that’s popular in summer. You’ll need mung beans, sugar, water, and agar-agar powder. The mung beans are cooked until soft and blended into a smooth paste. The paste is mixed with sugar and water and boiled with agar-agar powder to form a jelly-like mixture. The mixture is poured into molds and chilled until set.
Wish yourself good luck with these Chinese fa gao fortune cakes, a fluffy and sweet dessert that’s traditionally eaten during Chinese New Year. You’ll need rice flour, wheat starch, sugar, yeast, water, and food coloring. The batter is fermented until bubbly and steamed in paper cups until they rise and crack open. The cracks are said to symbolize prosperity and happiness.
Surprise your friends and family with these homemade fortune cookies, a fun and easy dessert that you can customize with your own messages. You’ll need egg whites, sugar, butter, vanilla, flour, and salt. The cookies are baked until golden and folded into their iconic shape while still warm.
Crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside, these deep-fried glutinous rice balls are a delicious treat that you can make at home. You’ll need glutinous rice flour, water, sugar, sesame seeds, and red bean paste. The balls are filled with sweet red bean paste and coated with sesame seeds before frying.
Celebrate autumn with these Chinese pumpkin cakes, a vegan and gluten-free dessert that’s rich in flavor and texture. You’ll need pumpkin, glutinous rice flour, sugar, oil, and pumpkin seeds. The pumpkin is steamed and mashed into a dough, then shaped into cakes and pan-fried until golden and crispy.
Warm up with this snow fungus soup with pears, a soothing and nourishing dessert that’s popular in Chinese medicine. You’ll need snow fungus, dried goji berries, dried jujube dates, rock sugar, and fresh pears. The soup is simmered until the snow fungus is soft and gelatinous, and the pears are tender and sweet.
Indulge in these winter melon puffs, also known as wife biscuits or sweetheart cakes, a traditional Chinese pastry that’s flaky and delicate. You’ll need flour, oil, water, sugar, winter melon, maltose syrup, and almond extract. The pastry is made with two types of dough that are layered together and wrapped around a winter melon filling.
Enjoy these glutinous rice balls from scratch, also known as tang yuan, a festive and colorful dessert that’s eaten during Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival. You’ll need glutinous rice flour, water, food coloring, sugar, ginger, and osmanthus flowers. The rice balls are boiled in a fragrant ginger syrup and garnished with osmanthus flowers.
Try this Chinese jujube date sticky rice cake, a sweet and sticky dessert that’s perfect for Chinese New Year or any occasion. You’ll need glutinous rice flour, water chestnut flour, sugar, water, oil, dried jujube dates, and sesame seeds. The cake is steamed with jujube dates on top and sprinkled with sesame seeds for extra crunch.
Layer up with this tapioca thousand layer cake, a unique and chewy dessert that’s made with tapioca starch, coconut milk, sugar, and pandan leaves. The cake is steamed in thin layers of different colors, creating a beautiful striped effect. You can cut it into slices or cubes and enjoy it hot or cold.
Soothe your throat with this pear rock sugar soup, a simple and refreshing dessert that’s good for your health. You’ll need fresh pears, rock sugar, water, and ginger. The soup is cooked until the pears are soft and the rock sugar is dissolved, creating a sweet and clear broth with a hint of ginger.
Bite into these liu sha bao, also known as salted egg yolk custard buns, a decadent and creamy dessert that’s popular in dim sum restaurants. You’ll need bread flour, yeast, sugar, milk, butter, salted egg yolks, cream, and condensed milk. The buns are filled with a rich custard and steamed until fluffy and oozy.
Cool down with this water chestnut cake, a light and refreshing dessert that’s vegan and gluten-free. You’ll need fresh water chestnuts, water chestnut flour, sugar, water, and agar-agar powder. The water chestnuts are peeled and chopped into small pieces and mixed with a water chestnut flour batter and boiled with agar-agar powder to form a jelly-like cake.
Make these Chinese red bean paste buns, a soft and sweet dessert that’s filled with homemade red bean paste. You’ll need red beans, sugar, oil, flour, yeast, water, and salt. The red beans are cooked until soft and mashed into a smooth paste with sugar and oil. The paste is wrapped in a yeast dough and steamed until risen and fluffy.
Celebrate love with these tang yuan, also known as sweet rice balls or glutinous rice dumplings, a traditional dessert that’s eaten during Chinese Valentine’s Day or Qixi Festival. You’ll need glutinous rice flour, water, food coloring, brown sugar, water, and ginger. The rice flour is kneaded into a dough and divided into small balls that are dyed with different colors. The balls are boiled in a brown sugar syrup with ginger and served hot.