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Top 10 Most Popular Chinese Desserts

Food in China is one of the aspects attracting foreign friends such as Chinese Hot Pot, Chinese barbecue, etc. Today we will introduce the representative of Chinese food, dessert. As we know, due to the difference of recipients and cooking ways, desserts in China are quite different from those in the West. And in this article, top 10 most popular desserts in China is for your reference.

1. Red Bean Bun

Chinese: 豆沙包 dòu shā bāo. Red bean buns are the popular sweet version of the baozi, consisting of a steamed bun filled with red bean paste.

2. Dragon’s Beard Candy

Chinese: 龙须酥 lóng xū sū. It is similar to candy floss as it is made of spun sugar, and is very sticky. It melts easily, and becomes even stickier, when it is exposed to high temperatures. 

3.Egg Tarts

Chinese: 蛋挞 dàn tà . It is basically a little custard tart, with a hard and sweet crust. They are best eaten warm.

4. Tanghulu — Candied Fruit on A Stick

Chinese: 糖葫芦 táng hú lu /tung hoo loo/. It is an old Beijing-style snack consisting of a skewer with crabapples dipped in liquid sugar and dried. 

5. Pumpkin Pancake

Chinese: 南瓜饼 nán guā bǐng. they are deep fried pumpkin pancakes consisting mainly of pumpkin, sugar, and flour. They are very popular in winter, and are some of the sweetest things around in China.

6. Sweet Egg Bun

Chinese: 奶黄包 nǎi huáng bāo. the sweet egg bun consists of a warm bun filled with a mix of egg yolk and sugar. Although this may sound odd, these buns are highly popular and definitely worth a try.

7. Deep Fried Durian

Chinese: 榴莲酥 liú lián sū. Durian, Asia’s most infamous fruit, is also popular in China. Although infamous for its strong and bad smell, the fleshy fruit tastes good and is very popular. Many Chinese restaurants sell it as a desert, with a slight deep fried batter crust.

8. Tangyuan— Sweet Soup Balls

Chinese: 汤圆 tāng yuán. It is sweet and filled with fermented rice and sticky rice balls.

9. Almond Jelly

Chinese: 杏仁冻 xìng rén dòng. Almond jelly is a cream colored jelly with a soft consistency. is generally made using apricot kernel, which is soaked and grounded with water. The milk is then extracted, and a gelling substance is added.

10. Grass Jelly

Chinese: 烧仙草 shāo xiān cǎo.  It is made using boiled ‘fairy grass’ (仙草 i.e. mesona chinensis, a type of mint) and adding starch and a baking salt.

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