17 easy Asian desserts that anyone can make
These amazing Asian desserts only take 15 minutes to make!
Making your own Asian desserts can be a daunting task. After all, Asian desserts are widely known for not just being tasty, but also for looking amazing as well. However, did you know that there are a lot of easy Asian desserts that you can make at home?
In fact, once you get started on making these easy Asian desserts, we’re sure that you’ll quickly get addicted! Making your own desserts is not only satisfying, it’s also a great way to impress your friends and family.
There’s a surprisingly wide variety of choices when it comes to Asian desserts, so your taste buds are in for a treat!
Here are 17 easy Asian desserts that you can whip up in no time, and all of them just need 5 ingredients or less!
Easy Asian desserts that take 15 minutes to make!
1. Sago gula melaka
- Coconut milk
- Pandan leaves
- Palm sugar (molasses or brown sugar can be substituted)
To make this delicious pudding, first boil the sago in a pot. Once it’s translucent, you can place the sago in small bowls or a muffin pan to use as a mold. Put it in the fridge to set. While the sago is setting, boil the coconut milk in a pot with some salt, then set aside.
Put the sugar in another pot, adding the pandan leaves and a bit of water to prevent it from burning, and let it melt. Take it off the heat once it’s liquid. Once the sago pudding is set, you can take it out of the mold, place it on a bowl and drizzle the coconut milk mixture and the syrup mixture over the pudding.
- Sticky Rice
- Chocolate powder
- Condensed/Regular milk
A classic Filipino dish, Champorado is essentially sticky riced cooked in chocolate. The preparation is super easy as well. Fill a pot with the sticky rice and add water; just as you were cooking regular sticky rice. The only difference is that you’ll add some chocolate powder and sugar to the mixture. Be sure to taste as you’re cooking to make sure you get the right taste. Once the rice is cooked, put it in a bowl and top with condensed or regular milk, depending on your preference.
- Sweet rice flour
- Red bean paste
This one’s a classic Japanese dish that your family will surely love! First, mix the rice flour and sugar in a microwave safe bowl. Be sure to add the sugar slowly so you don’t accidentally make it too sweet. Next, mix in the water and stir the mixture thoroughly. Cook the mixture in the microwave for about 3 minutes. It should have a thick consistency afterward.
Next, you need a clean work surface, and then dust it with cornstarch. While your mixture is still hot from the microwave, get about 2 tablespoons of the mixture and roll it into a ball. Flatten the ball and then spoon some red bean paste in the middle. Pinch the mochi over the paste until it’s completely covered. Roll with some more cornstarch to prevent it from sticking, and you’re done!
4. Fruit Salad
- Various seasonal fruits, preferable mixed fruits in a can.
- Condensed milk
This one’s a classic dessert in the Philippines that’s mostly eaten during the holidays. It’s super simple to make! All you need to do would be to get some seasonal mixed fruits, sweet and tart tasting ones are best, and put it in a large bowl. Next, mix in some cream and some condensed milk with your mixed fruits. Once everything’s mixed well, just pop it in the fridge to cool down and serve it chilled!
5. Thai fried bananas
- 10 bananas
- 3/4 cup rice flour
- 1/4 cup tapioca flour
- 2 tbsp sugar to taste
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut.
To make Thai fried bananas, you first need to mix the rice flour, tapioca flour, sugar, and shredded coconut. Add in some water, and mix to form a very thick batter. Then, heat oil in a deep fryer to 190 degrees. Next, slice the bananas lengthwise into 3-4 pieces. Cover the sliced bananas in batter, and then cook in the hot oil. Once it’s golden brown, take it out of the oil, drain on paper towels, and serve while hot.
6. Rice cooker Japanese cheesecake
- 227 grams cream cheese, softened
- 2 large eggs, whites and yolks separated
- 80 grams (about 6 1/2 tbsp) granulated sugar
- 40 grams (about 5 tbsp) cake flour
- 200 ml milk
This one might sound super complicated, but it’s actually one of the easiest recipes to make! First thing would be to whisk the cream cheese until the consistency is similar to frosting. Next, add the egg yolks, and then the sugar. Be sure to mix everything well and make sure that it’s smooth. Sift the cake flour into the batter, making sure to avoid any lumps. Add in the milk afterward.
In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter mixture, making sure to not push out the air in the egg whites. Next, grease the insides of your rice cooker pot so the cake doesn’t stick. Add the batter and cook for roughly 40 minutes. Once it’s done, place a plate on top of the pot, and invert it so the cheesecake comes out nice and easy!
7. Almond float
- 1 Envelope unflavored gelatin
- 1 cup almond milk
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons almond extract
- Various sliced fresh fruits
Almond float is a delicious and refreshing Chinese dish that’s super easy to make! First thing you need to do would be to mix the gelatin and sugar, and then pour some boiling water over it, mix until completely dissolved.
Stir in the almond extract and the almond milk. Keep mixing. Pour into a mold or a bowl and then place it in the fridge to cool down. Once it’s set, cut the gelatin into cubes, and mix in some sliced fruits to add more sweetness and flavor.
- 4 cups brown sugar
- Silken tofu
Taho is a classic Filipino dessert that originated in China. To make this dish you first need to make the syrup for the taho. You can do this by mixing 4 cups of brown sugar to 6 cups of water. Pour the mixture into a pot and boil until thick. You’re looking for a caramel consistency. Next, boil some sago in some water. At this stage, you can add some sugar so the sago is sweet, but it depends on how sweet you want your taho to be. Once the sago is cooked, get some silken tofu, put it into a cup, and pour some sago and syrup on top.
9. Thai tapioca pudding
- Tapioca pearls
- Coconut milk
- Various sliced fruits (mango, melon, lychee, pineapple)
Thai Tapioca pudding is one of those easy Asian desserts you can make in no time! First, you need to rinse the tapioca pearls under running water for 15-20 seconds. Next, boil some water and then add the tapioca pearls, making sure not to add too much as the pearls do expand when cooked. Once the pearls are translucent, add some coconut milk, and sugar until you get the desired sweetness. Cook until thick and pudding-like in consistency. Serve with sliced fresh fruits!
10. Mango pudding
- 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin powder
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3 pureed fresh mangoes
- 1 cup evaporated milk
Mango pudding is a simple Chinese dessert that everyone will surely love! To make it, add the gelatin mix and sugar to a cup of hot (not boiling) water and mix until dissolved. In separate large bowl, mix the pureed fresh mangoes and the evaporated milk. Pour the hot gelatin mixture into the mango mixture, and mix until everything is thoroughly incorporated. Put in gelatin molds and then place inside the fridge to chill. Once it’s set, you can serve it. This dish is best eaten on the same day.
11. Sweet sticky mango rice
- 1kg Thai sticky rice
- 1000ml coconut cream/milk
- 150g sugar
- Sweet mango slices
- Yellow mung beans (optional)
To prepare this Thai street food specialty, you first need to wash the rice until the water runs clear. Next, steam it like you’re cooking rice normally. Once it’s cooking, you can prepare the coconut cream mixture by putting 800ml of the coconut cream into a large pot and simmer on a gentle heat. Add the sugar and keep mixing until dissolved. Once the mixture starts to boil, take it off the heat and set it aside. Next, fry up the yellow mung beans in oil until they’re nice and crispy, these will be your toppings along with the mangoes. Once the rice is cooked, pour in the sweet coconut cream a little at a time and mix well. The rice should all be covered in cream and the mixture should be thick and smooth. Top with mango slices and the fried mung beans.
12. Klepon (sweet coconut rice balls)
- 1½ cups glutinous rice powder
- ¾ cup lukewarm water
- 2-3 drops green food coloring
- 8 tsp. brown sugar
- 1 cup fresh-grated coconut, mixed with ½ tsp. salt
To make this amazingly delicious Indonesian dessert, you first need to mix the rice powder with the lukewarm water and the green food coloring until you get a nice, thick dough consistency. Next, pull off a teaspoon-sized piece of dough and form it into a ball. Push your finger in the middle of the ball, and place a tiny bit of brown sugar inside. Finish making the rice balls. Next, boil a large pot of water, and drop the rice balls one by one. They should be cooked once the balls float up. Once they’re done, roll them in the grated coconut.
13. Tang Yuan (glutinous rice dumplings)
- 2 cup glutinous rice flour
- red and yellow food coloring
- 3/4 cup sugar
- Slices of fresh ginger
To make the rice dumplings, you first need to make the syrup. Combine the sugar, fresh ginger slices, with 4 cups of water and then bring to a boil. Once it’s boiling, reduce to low heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Next, place the rice flour in a large bowl, and slowly add a cup of water, kneading until smooth. Divide the dough in 3 parts, adding red food coloring to one, and yellow to another. Cut each portion into smaller pieces, and roll each piece into a ball. Prepare a bowl of boiling water, and then drop the tiny balls into the water one by one. Once they’re done, put them in a bowl and pour over some of the hot syrup.
- Cooking bananas (called “Saba” in the Philippines) These are different and starchier compared to regular bananas.
- Egg roll wrappers or Lumpia wrappers
- Jackfruit sliced into strips
- Brown sugar
Turon is a great Filipino dish that’s ridiculously easy to make! First, slice your bananas lengthwise, into 3-4 pieces. Next, cover the banana slices in brown sugar. Then, get your wrappers, and place them in front of you in a diamond shape. Place 1-2 banana slices and 1-2 jackfruit slices (depending on how big you want it to be) about 3/4 of the way down. Fold it from the bottom up right until the fruits are covered, making sure to keep it tight. Next, fold the sides and continue to roll up. You can moisten the sides to keep things wrapped tightly. Repeat until you run out of bananas. Once they’re done, dust them lightly with brown sugar, and deep fry them in hot oil. Take them out once they’re golden brown and crispy, and you have a delicious, crispy dessert!
15. Halo Halo
- Evaporated milk
- Sweetened bananas
- Crushed ice
- Sweetened macapuno or kopyor
- Leche flan or caramel custard
Halo-halo is a Filipino dish that usually contains a lot of ingredients. But you’ll find that this minimalist version tastes just as amazing! To assemble this dessert, first add 2 tablespoons of sweetened macapuno, then some crushed ice. Drizzle some evaporated milk and top with slices of leche flan.
16. Kluay Kaeg
- Green Neem Wa bananas
- 150g rice flour
- 100g wheat flour
- 3tbsp sugar
- 50g grated coconut
This fried banana dish is delicious and super easy to make! First, you need to mix all of the ingredients except the bananas with 250ml of water. This will be your batter. Heat some oil in a pot or a pan. Next, slice your banana lengthwise into 2-3 pieces, and then coat with the batter. Once the oil is hot, place the battered banana pieces in the oil. Once they’re golden brown, they’re ready to be served!
17. Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream
- Vanilla Ice cream
- Condensed Milk
This is a modern and sweeter take on the classic Vietnamese coffee. All you need to do is fill a teacup 1/3 of the way with coffee, and then put a couple scoops of ice cream over the coffee. Top it with condensed milk, and you have a super easy dessert that’s sure to perk you up as well!
Which of these easy Asian desserts are you most looking forward to whipping up?