30 Desserts That Go With Chinese Food


Quick Answer: What Desserts Go With Chinese food?

Some of the best desserts to go with Chinese food are— Delightful Cakes like Mung Bean Cake, Chocolate Chinese Five-Spice Cake, and others; Puddings like Mango Pudding, Eight Treasure Rice Pudding, Vanilla Soy Milk Pudding, and others; Cookies like Fortune Cookies, Chinese Walnut Cookies, Chinese Sesame Cookies, and others; and Chinese delicacies like Egg Tart, Sesame Seed Balls, Snow Fungus Dessert Soup, Bubble Tea and others. Read to know more!

Here are 30 irresistible desserts that are bound to give you foodgasms when devoured after a hearty Chinese meal.

Each of these desserts has been chosen based on how well they finish off your flavor palate after coloring it with Chinese flavors.

I am guilty of having a sweet tooth and I assure you I am very careful with what I combine my meals with.

With due respect to my indulgence in desserts and Chinese cuisine, I have enumerated in this list the best desserts to go with Chinese food.

So let’s get to it!

Best Chinese Desserts: Quick Table

RecipeCalories (per 100g)Preparation Time
Egg Tart375 60 min
Sesame Seed Balls36630 min
Fortune Cookies37830 min
Mango Pudding4715 min
Mung Bean Cake31260 min
Eight Treasure Rice Pudding74115 min
Chocolate Chinese Five-Spice Cake34965 min
Snow Fungus Dessert SoupNA45 min
Almond Jelly7015 min
Pineapple Tarts40975 min
Vanilla Soy Milk Pudding92.8140 min
Red Bean Cake27340 min
Bubble TeaNA150 min
Fried Milk17160 min
Almond Cookies51020 min
Snowflake CakeNA145 min
Sachima32650 min
Chinese Walnut Cookies6270 min
Pineapple Buns314180 min
Chinese New Year's Cake24290 min
Chinese Fried DoughNA 530 min
Fried Banana Fritters23025 min
Chinese Sesame Cookies332280 min
Fa Gao20340 min
Pineapple Cake31970 min
Red Bean Popsicles10060 min
Chinese Egg Cake27350 min
Chinese Egg PuddingNA45 min
Chinese Butter Cookies 46735 min
Chinese Steamed Custard BunsNA249 min

1. Egg Tart

Total Calories (per 100g): 375

Total Preparation Time: 60 minutes

Egg Tarts are the perfect dessert to end your Chinese-themed meals.

It is a traditional Chinese dessert made of small flaky circular pastries filled with moderately sweetened egg custard.

There are two kinds of egg tarts— one with shortcrust pasty and one with Chinese puff pastry.

Here is an easy recipe by Kirbyyy

2. Sesame Seed Balls

Total Calories (per 100g): 366

Total Preparation Time: 30 minutes

A popular sweet dish at Dim Sum restaurants— Sesame Seed Balls taste like divinity.

It is crafted from a sugar-rice flour dough wrapped around red bean paste and then deep-fried after being coated with sesame seeds.

They have a toasty-nutty sweet flavor with a chewy inside and crispy outside texture pattern.

Check out this recipe by Josephine’s Recipe

3. Fortune Cookies

Total Calories (per 100g): 378

Total Preparation Time: 30 minutes

The message of fortune cookie says ‘This is the perfect dessert for you’.

With basic ingredients like egg white, sugar, melted butter, and flour— fortune cookies have a crispy texture accompanied by a sugary flavor.

Though a bit tricky to make, it’s a fun dessert to serve after a wholesome Chinese meal.

Here is a quick recipe by Sweet Dumpling

4. Mango Pudding

Total Calories (per 100g): 47

Total Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Mango Pudding is an excellent dessert choice because of its velvety feel and delectable flavors.

Thriving with fresh mango flavor, it is extremely rich and creamy which leaves a lovely mouth-feel. It can be made with coconut milk or evaporated milk.

It is delightful and goes well with Chinese food.

Check out this recipe by Florency Dias

5. Mung Bean Cake

Total Calories (per 100g): 312

Total Preparation Time: 60 minutes

Mung Bean Cakes are adorable in appearance and delicious to bite into.

These cakes are made from green mung beans which are a typical ingredient in Chinese cooking.

They are made in a pretty shaped mould and have an enticing aroma. Plus their melt-in-mouth texture is their USP.

Here is a simple recipe by Kathrine Kwa

6. Eight Treasure Rice Pudding

Total Calories (per 100g): 74

Total Preparation Time: 115 minutes

Eight is an auspicious number in Chinese culture and that’s why this pudding is popular around the Chinese lunar New Year.

Traditionally this recipe contains eight different varieties of dried fruits and is gorgeous in appearance.

Key flavoring ingredients of this beautiful dish are raisins and candied winter melon.

Check out this link for the quick recipe by The Spruce Eats

7. Chocolate Chinese Five-Spice Cake

Total Calories (per 100g): 349

Total Preparation Time: 65 minutes

This chocolate cake will light up your Chinese-themed feast!

It is not a basic chocolate cake— it has a special ingredient called the Chinese five-spice. This spice is a mix of clove, star anise, cinnamon, fennel, and black pepper.

When this spice combines with the rich chocolate, it creates delectable magic!

Here is a link for the easy recipe by Sweet Cs Designs

8. Snow Fungus Dessert Soup

Total Preparation Time: 45 minutes

Tong Sui is a category of warm sweet soups that are served after a hearty Chinese meal. One such soup is Snow Fungus Dessert Soup.

This dessert soup has a sweet and herbal flavor and has a melt-in-mouth texture. It is immensely satisfying and soothing after a heavy meal.

It’s very nourishing and a must-try!

Check out this recipe by CiCi Li—Asian Home Cooking

9. Almond Jelly

Total Calories (per 100g): 70

Total Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Chinese counterpart of Panna Cotta— Almond Jelly is the perfect summer dessert.

Almond Jelly, or Almond Tofu to be precise, is not actually made of common almonds but crafted from sweet apricot seeds.

It has a velvety and smooth texture and is usually served with a topping of mixed fruits.

Here is a quick recipe by Elaine Luo

10. Pineapple Tarts

Total Calories (per 100g): 409

Total Preparation Time: 75 minutes

Pineapple Tarts are traditionally served after a heavy Chinese New Year’s feast.

These are bite-sized pastries filled with pineapple jam or topped with it and have an eye-pleasing yellow color.

Three words that precisely describe their flavor and texture are— melt-in-mouth, crumbly and buttery. Ah! One more word would be addictive.

Check out this recipe by Buttermilk Pantry

11. Vanilla Soy Milk Pudding

Total Calories (per 100g): 92.8

Total Preparation Time: 140 minutes

A vegan sweet delicacy.

Soy milk is used as a thickening agent that makes this creamy dessert healthier than full-fat puddings.

And the classic vanilla flavor never fails to impress!

DIY recipe link-> Vanilla Soy Milk Pudding

12. Red Bean Cake

Total Calories (per 100g): 273

Total Preparation Time: 40 minutes

It has a toasty sesame seed fragrance and gratifying mouth-feel.

The outer covering is crispy and spongy while the filling of red bean paste is sweet and moist and has a gooey texture.

DIY recipe—

13. Bubble Tea

Total Preparation Time: 150 minutes

This trending tea can absolutely be a perfect after meal dessert-drink.

Bubble Tea consists of milk and Tapioca Balls and has a variety of options starting from normal tea flavors to fruity flavors.

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14. Fried Milk

Total Calories (per 100g): 171

Total Preparation Time: 60 minutes

Fried Milk is a rather innovative dessert idea but is extremely scrumptious.

It has a crispy outer layer and the inner filling is smooth and creamy with a rich and delicate flavor.

DIY recipe–

15. Almond Cookies

Total Calories (per 100g): 510

Total Preparation Time: 20 minutes

After filling your tummy with Kung Pao Chicken or Fried Rice, nothing is more satisfying than a fine cookie.

It has a smooth and crispy texture with the perfect amount of sweetness.

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16. Snowflake Cake

Total Preparation Time: 145 minutes

Snowflake Cake is the perfect cold dessert that goes great with Chinese cuisine.

The flaky topping gives it a snowflake aesthetic.

It is usually made in fruit flavor but can also have contemporary flavors like peppermint.

DIY recipe link-> Snowflake Cake

17. Sachima

Total Calories (per 100g): 326

Total Preparation Time: 50 minutes

With a resemblance to the American Rice Krispy Treats, this Chinese traditional snack is made from strands of fried batter held together by a sugary syrup.

It has a fluffy texture and a sweet aroma.

DIY recipe—

18. Chinese Walnut Cookies

Total Calories (per 100g): 62

Total Preparation Time: 70 minutes

These are excessively delectable and have a bold walnut flavor.

Chinese Walnut Cookies are flavored from ground walnut and are decorated with a crunchy piece of walnut in the middle.

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19. Pineapple Buns

Total Calories (per 100g): 314

Total Preparation Time: 180 minutes

Pineapple Buns are a slightly sweet and soft dessert with a crunchy and crumbly golden crust.

This pastry doesn’t contain pineapple but gains its name from its appearance.

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20. Chinese New Year’s Cake

Total Calories (per 100g): 242

Total Preparation Time: 90 minutes

This wholesome cake is a traditional must during the lunar New Year in Chinese culture.

Made with glutinous rice flour, it is slightly chewy and uses brown sugar for sweetening.

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21. Chinese Fried Dough

Total Preparation Time: 530 minutes

The Chinese Fried Dough has a stick-like structure and is often served with soy milk.

It is crispy on the outside and has a fluffy and soft texture on the inside.

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22. Fried Banana Fritters

Total Calories (per 100g): 230

Total Preparation Time: 25 minutes

Chinese Banana Fritters are light of calories and yet sweetly satisfying.

The banana slices are covered in a thin batter and fried until golden brown to create a crispy covering.

DIY recipe—

23. Chinese Sesame Cookies

Total Calories (per 100g): 332

Total Preparation Time: 280 minutes

These cookies are somewhat a cross between the almond cookies and smiling ball cookies.

It has a buttery texture with a hint of crunch and can be made with white or black sesame seeds.

DIY recipe—

24. Fa Gao

Total Calories (per 100g): 203

Total Preparation Time: 40 minutes

Fa Gao is a steamed Chinese cake that is light and fluffy.

With a split top, it gets the appearance of a blossoming flower. It goes great with a Chinese feast.

DIY recipe—

25. Pineapple Cake

Total Calories (per 100g): 319

Total Preparation Time: 70 minutes

Pineapple Cake is popular despite the debatable opinions of its critics.

It has the perfect amount of balanced sweet flavor and is a fluffy plus with a creamy frosting it turns irresistible.

DIY recipe—

26. Red Bean Popsicles

Total Calories (per 100g): 100

Total Preparation Time: 60 minutes

This dessert might seem absurd but, trust me, it’s addictive.

Red Bean Popsicles are immensely creamy with a few bits of beans present inside that give it a chewy texture.

DIY recipe—

27. Chinese Egg Cake

Total Calories (per 100g): 273

Total Preparation Time: 50 minutes

Chinese Egg Cakes, which look like mini muffins, are scrumptiously soft and airy.

Made with the basic ingredients used in a sponge cake, this cake excellently pairs with Chinese dishes.

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28. Chinese Egg Pudding

Total Preparation Time: 45 minutes

Chinese Egg Pudding has a satisfying silky texture and is mildly sweet.

It endorses the flavors of an egg and has a melt-in-mouth smoothness. It is steamed till it achieves the perfect silkiness.

DIY recipe—

29. Chinese Butter Cookies

Total Calories (per 100g): 467

Total Preparation Time: 35 minutes

If you want to finish your Chinese meal with a simple dessert, then these cookies are perfect for you.

Crafted from basic cookie ingredients, these butter cookies will just melt in your mouth.

DIY recipe—

30. Chinese Steamed Custard Buns

Total Preparation Time: 249 min

This one is a classic dessert that is served after hearty meals at Dim Sum restaurants.

Chinese Steamed Custard Buns have a creamy and fragrant custard filling inside an extremely soft and fluffy bun.

DIY recipe—

The Bottom Line

We hope this wholesome guide gave you a gist of all the desserts that are compatible with Chinese food.

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