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This Is Why Asia Wins at Dessert

Sure, we can lay claim to the Cronut (croissant donut) and Milky Bun (ice cream stuffed donut) as some of the craziest desserts to hail from the United States in recent memory. While our country is churning out fantastic and bizarre sweets week after week, our neighbors to the East have also been crushing it for centuries.

Check out some of the most unique desserts enjoyed in Asia that you may not even have heard of.

Khanom Cha

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A classic Thai dessert, Khanom Chan literally translates to “layered dessert.” Similar to Woon Bai Toey (sweet coconut milk and pandan jelly), Khanam Chan boasts a gelatinous taste. Made from pandan leaves, sticky rice flour, and coconut milk, the dish is steamed and stacked together in multiple layers. Nine, a number of prosperity, is usually the amount of layers seen in the dessert.

Luk Chup

The process of making Luk Chup is a bit tedious: grinding steamed mung beans into a paste, molding them into the shape of fruit, coloring them, and finally glazing them in gelatin. Still, once you’ve accomplished all those steps, you’re left with a plateful of vibrant desserts that look like candy versions of the real thing, each complete with different layers of flavor and textures originally intended for Thai royalty.


A classic Chinese dessert that can most commonly be found during the Mid-Autumn Festival, Mooncakes are pastries filled with red bean or lotus seed paste. Each mooncake is imprinted with a variety of Chinese characters that stand for either “longevity” or “harmony.” You can also find the name of the bakery inside each cake.

Cathedral Glass Jello

Also known as Broken Glass Gelatin, this vibrant dessert in the Philippines is made from condensed milk and a variety of colored Jello. Once it’s finished, it resembes “Broken Glass” or the stained windows of a majestic cathedral.

Woon Bai Toey

Made from the aromatic pandan leaf and coconut, Woon Bai Toey is a Thai gelatin dessert that boasts a creamy and nutty flavor with a chewy texture. The dessert typically follows a spicy Thai dish to help refresh the palate. FoodTravelTVEnglish shows you the step-by-step process to create this dessert.

Che Ba Mau

A dessert soup or pudding that’s found in Vietnam, che is made from mung beans, black-eyed peas, kidney beans, tapioca, jelly, and aloe vera. Che Ba Mau is a variation of the dish that is comprised of three main ingredients as Ba Mau translates to “three colors.” Choice of beans vary as long as the three colors are distinct.

Leche Flan

In the Philippines, leche flan is a celebrated dessert that originated as a Spanish dish. Made with condensed milk and egg yolk, the sweet dessert is steamed over an open flame. Unlike the Spanish variation of flan, the one served in the Philippines is much more rich — featuring more egg yolks and sugar.


A deep-fried Korean pastry, Yagkwa is made with wheat flour, honey, and sesame oil. Yagkwa originated as a medicinal cookie that’s soaked in honey. Because of how much honey it contains and being deep fried at low temperatures of 248-284 degrees F, the pastry is both moist and soft when you bite into it. ARIRANG CULTURE did a recipe video for those curious.


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Patbingsu, or “red beans shaved ice,” is a Korean dessert made of shaved ice, ice cream, condensed milk, red beans, and fruit. The earliest known variation of the dessert dates back to the year 1392. Today, you can find the cold dessert at most Korean restaurants and dessert spots specializing in the icy treat, adorned with chopped bits of fruit and plenty of syrup.


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A type of wagashi (a Japanese confection), higashi is made with rice flour. Featuring intricate designs, the sweet and starchy dessert can typically be found during tea ceremonies. The creation of wagashi desserts came after China began producing sugar and traded it with Japan.

Raindrop Cake

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A highly popular dessert that started out in Japan, the Raindrop Cake became immensely popular among social media stateside once it debuted at New York food market Smorgasburg by Chef Darren Wong. Made from water and agar, a vegan sort of gelatin, the cake resembles a giant raindrop. Typically, raindrop cakes are served with a roasted soybean flour and molasses or honey to add flavor.

Uncle Tetsu’s Cheesecake

Known for their fluffiness and distinct jiggle, Uncle Tetsu’s Cheesecakes started in Japan over 30 years ago. These cheesecakes are made up of flour, eggs, cream cheese, sugar, baking powder, honey, butter, milk, and a special Australian cheese. The result is a super soft, rich, and flavorful cheesecake that’s got as much moves as a bowl of Jello! Uncle Tetsu’s Cheesecakes became so popular that multiple franchises have sprouted all over the world to cater to the popularity of these moist wonders.

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Taco Bell Launches A CHEETOS QUESADILLA In The Philippines


Taco Bell really wants to start investing in classic Cheetos. Earlier this year, the fast food chain was testing out Cheetos-stuffed burritos in the United States. Now, Taco Bell in the Philippines has rolled out a brand-new Cheetos Quesadilla, reports HighSnobiety.

Needless to say, it’s the epitome of fast food muchies. The quesadilla is filled with Jalapeno-flavored Cheetos and tons of cheese. That’s it.

The glamour photos from corporate and the actual thing rarely look the same, but as you can see, this quesadilla is no joke.

You can only find the item exclusively at Taco Bell locations in the Philippines. However, it’s probably safe to say that it could easily be recreated in the States with a quick trip to The Bell and a stop at the gas station for a bag of Cheetos.

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CHIZZA: KFC Just Launched A Pizza With A Fried Chicken Crust


KFC sure knows how to make the most out of its chicken. The fast food chain had made headlines in the previous years with its Double Down sandwich, a cheese and bacon sandwich made with two pieces of fried chicken breasts as buns. Then, more recently, they created the Double Down Dog which also replaced the hot dog bun with fried chicken.

In keeping with tradition, KFC is now testing a new pizza option on its menus. Anyone want to guess what the crust is made of?

Yep, the new pizza Chizza will feature a fried chicken crust. Available only at KFC Philippines, the Chizza will feature classic pizza toppings. This includes a red sauce, cheese, pepperoni, green peppers and pineapple.

KFC also started serving pizza-flavored chicken at its Hong Kong locations. Guess the company’s on a pizza kick.

A few images of the Chizza has already popped up on Instagram. Here’s what it looks like.



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8 Weird KFC Items From Around The World

When KFC announced the Double Down, health enthusiasts took arms and fast food fanatics took…a few antacids. As crazy as bacon and cheese smashed together between two pieces of fried chicken sounded, it definitely put the fried chicken chain in the spotlight.

While the US Double Down was definitely a unique entry into KFC’s chicken menu, let’s take a look at some of the strangest international KFC menu items.


Double Down Dog


The Philippines’ answer to the Double Down. The Double Down Dog features a hot dog covered in a combo of mayo/cheese and wrapped with a piece of crispy fried chicken patty. You know it’s a risk when all the colors kind of just blend together.

Shrimp Burger


When KFC China announced the shrimp burger, heads turned. The burger featured a deep-fried patty that would expose tiny pieces of whole shrimp once bitten into. China definitely gets points for creativity and seafood options.

Deep-Fried Corn Soup


Pretty much exactly what it sounds like. The KFC snack from Japan featured corned potage that’s breaded then thrown into the deep fryer. What comes out is a bite-sized piece of fried soup. Which actually sounds amazing.

Cream Corn Cream Cheese Chicken Sandwich


The Chicken Sandwich topped with cream cheese creamed corn was one of the more puzzling KFC items. Made with Philadelphia cream cheese, the sandwich made its debut in…Mexico? While we scratched our heads trying to figure out why Mexico would offer such a US-heavy themed sandwich, we have to say it didn’t look too bad.

Edible Coffee Cups

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Folks go through so many disposable cups every day when they get their coffee fix. KFC UK offered edible coffee cups. Made with a heat-resistant form of white chocolate, patrons can bite into their cups after finishing their coffee. Not a bad idea, KFC.

Zinger Double Down


The US Double Down made some pretty big waves when it was first released. While the Philippines was busy creating the Double Down Dog, Korea was busy with a varient of their own: The Zinger Double Down. Made with two pieces of crispy chicken patties as buns, the Zinger featured a hamburger patty with bacon.

Crispy Burrito


Don’t call it a chimichanga. New Zealand once offered a deep-fried burrito made with chicken strips, bacon, cheese and a bourbon BBQ sauce.

Cheese Top Burger


The Cheese Top Burger was pretty much a burger topped with cheese. Nailed the name there, KFC Philippines. There’s an actual slice of cheese on top of the bun, which kind of makes it difficult to eat the burger without getting cheese all over your hands. Yet, here we are. The burger itself is made with a fried chicken patty covered in a Parmesan dressing sauce.