Exploring Asian cuisine will not be complete without having delicious desserts. With so many delectable sweets, confections and treats to choose from across Asia, here are some of the best desserts you need to try.
Bánh Chuối Nướng (Vietnam)
Vietnamese cuisine is among Asia’s finest. While dessert may not be high on tourists’ must-try food list, Vietnam’s banana cake known as bánh chuối nướng is certainly worth a try. You can even pair it with hot or cold Vietnamese coffee.
Daifuku is mochi with a twist — or filling to be exact thus adding more flavor to what is already a delicious confection. Anko or sweetened red bean paste is a common filling. But ichigo (strawberry) daifuku is easily a top pick for many.
Egg Custard Tart (Hong Kong)
Egg tarts may not be unique to Hong Kong. But its egg tarts are widely known that tourists from around the world make a beeline at stores and food stalls that sell this delicious snack.
Halo-halo literally means mix-mix. And that is exactly what this refreshing and delightful treat is about. It consists of a mixture of shaved ice, fruits, sweet beans, and evaporated milk among others. Other types of halo-halo you will find across the Philippines may include macapuno, leche flan, and purple yam.
Khao Niao Mamuang (Thailand)
Khao niao mamuang or sweet coconut sticky rice with mango is a popular Thai treat. It is widely available across the country – from street food stalls to high-end restaurants. Sweet, filling, and tasty, this sticky rice will leave you satisfied.
Japan has a wide selection of scrumptious breads. But its melonpan is easily one of the top favorites by locals and tourists alike. This sweet bun looks like a melon and is commonly found in many of the country’s convenience stores and supermarkets.
Nom Krok (Cambodia and Thailand)
This sweet rice cake is one of the street food treats you will find in Cambodia and Thailand. It is a coconut-based pancake that sometimes comes with a filling of sliced green onions that add more flavor to what is already a delicious treat.