I can’t believe I haven’t written this post earlier. But anyway, if you know me at all, you know that I love dessert. Of all varieties. Like cakes, cupcakes, custards, pies, puddings, and of course, ice cream. Of course, in China, the Western dessert bar is set kind of low, but luckily I love Asian desserts* too. Not so much the shaved ice stuff (poor man’s version of an ice cream sundae), but mochi, egg tarts, tang yuan (glutinous rice balls with or without fillings), red bean soup, green bean soup, soup-y dessert concoctions in general — all deliciously yummy. Westerners tend to either like Asian desserts alright or are really put off by them because of their tendency toward chewiness and lack of variety in flavors. Red bean, green tea, taro, mango and pandan may seem stereotypically Asian, but they also exist in abundance here. So if you don’t really like them, you’re pretty out of luck when it comes to Asian desserts. Luckily, I LOVE most of these flavors. And the chewiness is OK, too.
So there are a lot of Asian-style dessert places here, in Asia. But the best one is Honeymoon Dessert (满记甜品). I love Honeymoon Dessert. It’s probably my favorite place in Asia. Besides having a wonderfully adorable name, it has all the Asian desserts I could ever want, as well as a lot of affordable customizable options. Here is the best thing ever:
It’s mango and black glutinous rice in coconut milk, or what they call a 芒果椰汁黑糯米甜甜 (mango-coconut milk-black rice sweet sweet). To make this trifecta even more perfect, I usually add a serving of tang yuan, because I love tang yuan and an extra serving is only 6 kuai. Boyfriend usually goes for the almond shuang pi nai (双皮奶), a traditional custard-type dessert. It is also very delicious. I’m not moving home until I can take Honeymoon Dessert with me. Honeymoon Dessert is the best, QED.
I felt compelled to write this because boyfriend left his phone there last night, so we have to go back tonight. Well, I don’t have to, but I’m going to, and I can’t wait. Honeymoon Dessert two nights in a row? It’s, like, the best week ever!
* Asian dessert here is the “typical” Asian-style dessert — most of them are relatively recent creations from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore, sometimes with Southeast Asian, Japanese and Korean influences. I am NOT talking about those weird, dry “lao Beijing” or wherever stuff.