6 Yummy Asian Desserts Great For Summertime

6 Yummy Asian Desserts Great For Summertime

Cool off with these sweet treats and you'll be wanting them year-round.
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How do some areas of Asia like to give into their sweet tooth, you ask? Whether they're extra sweet, cold, hot, creamy or added with texture, there's always a dessert out there made for everyone's liking. Here are six delicious Asian desserts that go great with enjoying summer's blooming beauty!

1. Mochi Ice cream.

Mochi, a type of sticky and chewy rice cake widely eaten in many variations throughout East and Southeast Asia, is the main ingredient in Mochi ice cream. Originating in Japan, it is a cute treat made up of a thin layer of Mochi wrapped around a mini-scoop of ice cream and frozen into a round shape for a solid bite.

Mochi ice cream comes in a variety of flavors. Other than the regular vanilla, chocolate and strawberry flavors, popular ones include green tea, red bean or azuki bean, mango and lychee. Some fun flavor combinations that have been created are chocolate Mochi with peanut butter or coffee ice cream inside, or even raspberry Mochi with white chocolate ice cream, along with many more. The sweet, chewy, cool and creamy bite will have you reaching for seconds, thirds and so on!

2. Taiyaki.

Another one of Japan's many wondrous food creations, this fish-shaped and molded pancake is filled with sweet azuki beans. After consuming this sweet and common street snack, you'll be left wondering why everything else has not yet been shaped into a cute animal! Ice cream, custard or chocolate is sometimes added inside as well.


Fun fact: Korea also has a very similar version of this, called Bungeoppang.

3. Turon/Banana Lumpia.

Instead of the savory spring rolls you usually order in Asian restaurants that are filled with meat and mixed veggies, these ones are filled with sweetened bananas and sprinkled with brown sugar, then fried for a caramelized exterior. The light crisp on the outside and chewy bite from the inside make a yummy combination. This sweet and crispy roll can be seen being sold by street vendors in the Philippines or made for family parties.


Extra Yummy Tip:
Feel free to add vanilla ice cream, chocolate or caramel sauce too!

4. Patbingsu.

As the Korean Patbingsu translates to "red beans with ice," this shaved ice dessert consists of shaved ice, condensed milk, fruit syrups, azuki beans, various chunks of fresh fruit like kiwi, mango, blueberries, strawberries or bananas, and chewy bits of rice cakes and jellies, and is then topped with ice cream or frozen yogurt and sprinkled with crushed cereal or nuts.

With portions big enough for more than for a single person, Patbingsu is usually shared with friends for all to enjoy during or after a hot day!

5. Halo-halo.

(I know what you're thinking, and unfortunately for you video game junkies out there, it's not pronounced like "Halo" the video game. This dessert is actually pronounced similar to how Germans say hello or how the English word hollow sounds!)

Another Filipino dessert, this one consists of shaved ice, evaporated milk, Jell-O and tapioca pieces, sweet beans and bits of fruit like shredded coconut, jackfruit and sweetened plantain. A scoop of ube or purple yam ice cream and a piece of leche flan tops the tropical mix!

Tip: As halo-halo in Tagalog translates to mix-mix in English, this dessert is supposed to be thoroughly mixed before eating so all the flavors and textures will be incorporated together in one bite!

6. Snow ice.

Just as if we don't love boba or bubble tea already, another sweet concoction made popular from Taiwan is none other than snow ice or shaved snow. This one is different from regular shaved ice, as this uses low fat milk to shave the ribbon-like aesthetic from the shaving machine. The flavor is then immediately incorporated into the shavings, unlike regular shaved ice where syrup is expected to soak into the ice.

Once you take a bite, the ribbonlike shavings immediately melt in your mouth like clouds and feathers. No joke! A wide variety of toppings like azuki beans, pound cake, mochi pieces, crumbled cookies, nuts, fruity tapioca, drizzles of sweet sauces and much more can be added onto it, depending on what you like.

With Patbingsu, Halo-halo and Snow Ice, it's no surprise that Asians really like their shaved ice, sweet beans and yummy fruit! Be sure to take a break and treat yourself to a sweet snack as you cool off this summer!

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Whether it's loving or fighting, you'll never find anyone who does it better than a girl who just straight up loves tequila, and here are a few reasons why that is.

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A girl who drinks tequila is probably the same girl who has absolutely no problem telling it like it is. She knows what she wants and goes after it.

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3. Always dancing

Tequila is an 'upper' so instead of sitting at the bar doing nothing, let's dance! Let's get moving!

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Speaking of dancing, a girl who drinks tequila is always down for a good time. Whether it's going on an adventure or seeing who can take the most shots, a tequila girl is always down to party.

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10 Reasons To Start Vaping In 2019 If You Haven't Yet

"It's safer than cigarettes"

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Vaping is the rage these days among adolescents and college students. Here are some great reasons to start!

1. It's what all the cool kids do

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I wish that I could be like the cool kids

2. It damages your lungs

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It's not like you need these to breathe or anything

3. It pollutes the air

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Let's pollute the air even more!

4. Nicotine addiction

Just the thing I want to be addicted to

5. "Delicious" flavors

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Would you prefer mango flavor or the cancer flavor?

6. The Juul looks like a USB

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Your parents won't suspect a thing

7. Inhale metals like nickel and lead

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Yummmmmm. Lead poisoning isn't a thing.

8. More likely to get infections

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9. You'll eventually want cigarettes

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And you'll make your lungs worse

10. Lung and mouth cancer

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Who doesn't want cancer

In case you couldn't tell, this was very sarcastic. If you want all of these things, then go ahead, start vaping. But you should know what you're getting yourself into and be prepared for the consequences.

If you already vape, I mean no disrespect and I'm not trying to hate on you, but you should seriously stop. Whatever you think is a good reason for vaping really is not a good enough reason to damage your body.

Stop vaping. And if you don't vape, don't start. Just don't.

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