Chinese Bow Tie Dessert with Honey and Brown Sugar

Chinese Bowties

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 16 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
119 Calories
0g Fat
30g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 119
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 21mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 16mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Children love this sweet treat. For a more "adult friendly" version, prepare and deep-fry the bow ties, then lightly dust with icing sugar.


  • 1 package egg roll wrappers (4 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches - each wrapper makes 2 bow ties)
  • 4 to 6 cups oil (for deep frying, as needed)
  • For the Syrup:
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup water

Steps to Make It

  1. Lay out a wrapper so that the longer (5 1/2 inch) sides are on the top and bottom, and the shorter (4 1/2 inch) sides on the left and right.

  2. Cut each egg roll wrapper from top to bottom into 4 equal pieces.

  3. Using a paring knife, cut a 1/2 inch slit in the center of each piece.

  4. Using 2 pieces, one laid on top of the other, make a knot like a bow tie.

    • Fold one end of the piece on top and thread it through the slit.
    • Turn over, fold, and thread through the other way.
    • Open the folded ends before deep-frying.
  5. Heat wok and add oil. ​

  6. Deep-fry the bow ties until golden brown, about 5 at a time.

  7. Drain on paper towels or a tempura rack if you have one.

  8. Boil the syrup ingredients in a pot on medium heat for about 5 minutes.

  9. Dip the bow ties into the boiling syrup (if the syrup isn't boiling the bow ties will be too sweet), and drain well.

  10. Set aside to harden.

    Serve cold. (The bow ties can be stored in an air-tight container).