Chinese desserts are very different from desserts in the West. In Chinese culture, desserts are not overly sweet. They are usually made with natural ingredients such as fruits, beans, flowers and more. 

Not only can desserts be served after a meal as a treat, but some can also be eaten as snacks or even during the meal. Chinese people value eating “balanced” meals with both yin and yang foods

Traditionally, Chinese desserts are categorized. There are baked desserts, candies, rice-based snacks, jellies, custards, dessert soups and more. They play important roles in defining Chinese diets.

Here are four traditional Chinese desserts you should try. 



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Amie Lin

Amie Lin is currently attending Hunter College double majoring in Mandarin and Media Studies. She is such a foodie and loves Chinese dramas.