Can we all agree that the dessert world is getting out of control lately? From over-the-top, boozy milkshakes topped with the contents of an entire flippin’ candy store to matcha soft serve wrapped with 24-karat golf leaf, there’s seemingly no end to the crazy, outrageous desserts. So, when it’s time to take a step back from the trendy, show-stopping desserts, turn to the classics. And for me? That includes Asian desserts.
Asian desserts really don’t get the praise or the recognition they deserve. Sure, some may not be the most approachable, like ginger milk curd, a popular Cantonese dessert; but they’ve all stood the test of time for one reason or another — whether it be halo-halo, a Filipino shaved ice dessert that’s gaining popularity and features layers upon layers of gelatin, coconut, sweetened beans and ube ice cream (among other ingredients), or the undeniably classic flan-like Japanese dessert, purin. Truly, there’s something for everyone in the Asian desserts world.
Ahead, we’ve gathered the Asian dessert recipes you should make ASAP, because once you do, you’ll find yourself with you new favorite go-to treat.
A version of this article was originally published September 2019.