Desserts from China vary in flavor, texture, shape, and occasion in comparison to western cuisine. For instance, desserts in the west are often found at every restaurant. However, you may notice that most Chinese restaurants do not offer dessert menus at all. More in line with Chinese customs, you're more likely to find dessert served in a teahouse setting in Southern China.
Chinese desserts tend to be one of two extremes: a few pieces of fresh fruit or a decadent concoction that can take hours to prepare. While both have their place, sometimes you may crave something in the middle—like a dessert that is both easy to make and impresses your family and friends. In that case, try some of these delicious and easy dessert recipes that are popular in China.
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An almond float is a simple dessert made with almond-flavored gelatin and topped with fruit. Simply gather ingredients like gelatin, sugar, and almond extract to make this refreshing dessert. Mandarin oranges or fruit cocktail is recommended, but this recipe is very adaptable and can use various types of canned or fresh fruit, as desired, for sweetness.
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In this simple dish, pears are filled with honey and dates and gently steamed. If Asian pears are hard to find, use Bartlett pears as an alternative. With just four ingredients, this simple recipe takes about 35 minutes to cook and prepare. Those with a sweet tooth will love this dish. It's also an excellent choice for anyone suffering from a cold or a sore throat.
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This simple shake makes a great dessert, snack, or breakfast when you're on the run. Simply combine silken tofu, milk, banana, pineapple, and coconut extract to make this rich cocktail shake. You can also substitute coconut extract for creamed coconut as needed. To turn this into a high protein shake, make sure to use soy milk and add a small amount of wheat germ.
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