10 Addictive Asian Desserts

Desserts in Asia don’t just use white sugar for sweetness. There’s caramel gold of gula melaka in many Southeast Asian desserts, to creamy milky coconut milk in a bubbling bowl of warm Thai bananas.


And we’re not forgetting the endless list of sweet tropical fruits, especially the year-round favourite dessert, mango sago pomelo.

1. Bubur Cha Cha

The Bubur Cha Cha is aptly named because a spoonful of this will make you want to do the Cha-Cha! One of the more well-known Peranakan dessert and commonly found in Hong Kong-style cafes, Bubur Cha Cha is a coconut milk dessert that is infused with pandan leaves, and contains colourful sweet potato cubes and taro. Great for dessert and supper!

2. Chinese Red Bean Pancake

Picture this- crispy, golden crepe enveloping a sheet of warm, velvety red bean paste. It is the perfect dessert, originating from China, and a must-have item in any authentic Chinese restaurant. It is made from the simplest of ingredients–some flour, sesame oil, and red bean paste (homemade or canned works) –and unlike many desserts, takes no time to prepare. For some colour and added sweetness, dust icing sugar on the pancakes!

Not a fan of red bean? How about yam paste or lotus paste- you know, the one that’s melted into mooncakes. Either of these pastes work well with the tasty batter

3. Coconut Pancakes with Gula Melaka Drizzle

This one’s one of our most popular dessert recipes you can make in under half an hour.

Well, it’s no secret that coconut and gula melaka are a match made in heaven, like banana and chocolate. Here, plain pancakes are infused with highly aromatic coconut oil and deeply delicious, earthy sweet gula melaka.

For a touch of balance, sprinkle sea salt and serve it hot too.

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4. Matcha Tiramisu

You can probably already imagine how it tastes, the bitter, grassy aroma of matcha combined with sweet mascarpone cheese. If tiramisu isn’t already a sure winner among your guests, matcha will seal the deal. All you need is mascarpone cheese, ladyfinger biscuits, the usual tiramisu ingredients and an extra dose of matcha powder and azuki red beans.

5. Thai Bananas in Coconut Milk

A classic Thai dessert that is very simple, quick and easy to make, this sweet and creamy dish will be a delight. It’s seriously simple – bananas and coconut milk are your key ingredients. Serve warm and bubbly.

6. One-dish Gula Melaka Bread and Butter Pudding

A wonder recipe by Sarah Huang Benjamin, Bread and Butter Pudding is a classic British dessert that’s perfect for a Christmas gathering, and way more. And here, she’s given it an indulgent and familiar Asian twist with tropical flavours of pandan kaya and gula melaka palm sugar.

7. Sweet Black Sesame Soup

Hailing from China, the Sweet Black Sesame Dessert is a good ol’ fashioned dessert that has managed to beat the trends and remained popular throughout the years. Rumoured to be good for your hair and kidney, this dessert is made from rice and sesame seeds, and has the consistency of a cream-based soup. Eat it warm after meals as a dessert, or a mid-afternoon snack!

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8. Avocado Gula Melaka Smoothie

Avocado is the fruit of the millennials. Here’s how to make a tasty smoothie with an Asian twist. The creamy superfood is drenched with gula melaka and blended into a rich, thick and smooth avocado thirst-quencher. Perfect to cool down in a hot Asian climate.

Top it up with crushed walnuts, or any other nuts or dried fruit you love.

9. Mango Sago Pomelo

A wonderfully refreshing Hong Kong dessert served in nearly all Chinese restaurants in Asia. Pomelo bits burst with fruity magic and takes the cool mango “slushy” to the next level. For an x-factor, serve super cold.

10. Keto Raspberry Chocolate Bread Pudding

Straight out of the kitchen from Keto chef Janti Brasali, this one’s a delightful, spongey keto bread pudding recipe you will love anytime, especially at Christmas. A sweet mix of brown sugar swerve replaces sugar, and is dusted into a spiced mix of cinnamon and nutmeg that’s all swirled with semi-sweet chocolate chip, raspberries and rich buttery cream.