Best Asian Desserts
Coconut Mochi Ice Cream Sandwiches
Pastry chef Jen Yee of Lafayette Grand Cafe & Bakery in Manhattan makes these fun and pretty sandwiches with a simple Japanese dough that combines sweet glutinous rice flour, sugar, water and coconut milk.
Coconut Tapioca Pudding with Mango and Lime
Chunky, fresh mango with tangy lime is a great counterpoint to the creamy tapioca pearl puddings here.
Green-Tea Fortune Cookies
Black Sesame Chocolate-Banana Loaf Cakes
This version of mochi--a sweet Japanese rice cake--gets its pretty green color from matcha powder and a creamy sweetness from coconut milk.
Vietnamese Coffee Sundaes with Crushed Peanut Brittle
The Vietnamese love drinking superstrong iced coffee combined with copious amounts of sweetened condensed milk. Joanne Chang created this simple ice cream sundae as a way to enjoy the same flavors. Shards of peanut brittle made with a generous pinch of cinnamon add great flavor and crunch.
Coconut Crème Caramel
Coconut milk enriches and flavors this custard. Zang Toi suggests using fragrant pandan juice (from the palm-like pandan tree) instead of vanilla for a more Malaysian flavor.
Bananas in Coffee Bean Syrup
Every morning in Nha Trang, Marcia Kiesel topped yogurt with these bananas steeped in warm, bittersweet coffee syrup; they're also delicious over vanilla ice cream for dessert. Make sure the bananas you choose for this recipe are ripe but still firm, so they don't get mushy.
Matcha Shortbread Cookies with Black Sesame Seeds
These buttery shortbread cookies by blogger Molly Yeh combine two classic Japanese flavors--matcha green tea and black sesame seeds.