While we’re largely served the same boring bunch of desserts regardless of the restaurant we visit, 5-star authentic or downtown Punjabi-Chinese, the Chinese have a good thing going, even in the desserts section. Chinese desserts can be roughly classified into 6 categories:
- Bing, usually baked, wheat-flour based, they include parallels from different cultures including Indian, French and Italian items such as rotis, galettes, crepes and pizzas. Bing are a casual-eating food category, but sometimes included in formal meal settings too. The same category exists in Korean cuisine too.
- Candies, usually made with cane sugar, malt sugar and honey
- Gio, made with glutinous or normal rice
- Ices, made with shaved rice and served with sweet condiments and syrups
- Jellies, use gelatin based jellies, grass jelly, agar-agar, and aiyu jelly
- Soups, consist of mostly hot soups and custards, some of them with healing properties
Below, you’ll find a few varieties of desserts that we wish restaurants in India would begin serving up.