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15 Asian Desserts That Aren't Boba

If you think boba tea is the only kind of good Asian dessert out there, boy do we have some news for you.

1. Patbingsu (Korean shaved ice) is a ~cool~ treat to look forward to every ~hot~ summer. It usually consists of shaved ice, red bean, ice cream, and all sorts of fun toppings of your choice (like mochi!).

2. Taiyaki is a Japanese cake that's shaped like a fish, but don't be fooled! It's a treat filled with yummy customizable ingredients. A popular street food in Japan, the OG taiyaki is filled with red bean paste, a popular base ingredient for many Asian desserts. Who doesn't love a cute ~sweet~ fish that's Instagrammable?!

3. Rasmalai is a delicious Bengali dessert. Ras means "juice" and malai means "cream." It's made of dough balls soaked in sweet milk and clotted cream and flavored with saffron or cardamom. It's perfect if your taste buds want a sweet tang right after dinner!

4. Mochi ice cream tastes like absolute heaven. It's a Japanese dessert made of mochi (a sweet rice cake) with an ice cream filling in whatever flavor you want. Biting into the soft texture of the mochi and getting that ice cream inside is honestly the best feeling.

5. Japanese cheesecake is a jiggling, crowd-pleasing dessert that feels more like a souffle with its fluffy, airy texture. It's not overly sweet either.

6. Hong Kong–style egg waffles should be your go-to brunch dish. You can eat these with ice cream and even add mochi, pocky sticks, ice cream, and much more. Feel free to try everything!

7. Thai rolled ice cream is the ultimate form of ice cream (right up there next to mochi ice cream) and you can't convince us otherwise. It's smashed and rolled, mixing different flavors, then topped with virtually whatever you want. So! Many! Toppings! It's an ice cream lover's dream.

8. Mochi muffins are irresistibly cute and chewy bbs! Most people know mochi as a topping for froyo or ice cream, but now they come in muffin form too! It's crumbly on the outside and chewy on the inside.

9. Turkish coffee makes for an extravagant and beautiful coffee experience! It's prepared in an ibrik, a traditional coffee pot that is heated. You add sugar while it's brewing and it's supposed to be taken without cream or milk. And trust us, it's so good, it'll become your fave!

10. A deliciously warm, frothy matcha latte might replace your regular boba order! Matcha is a popular ingredient used in many different Asian desserts. Not only is it delicious, but it's also a superfood!

11. Ladoos are Indian ball-shaped sweets made from flour, sugar, and ghee. They can be topped with cream, chopped nuts, and dried raisins. There are different types of ladoos too, like besan (chickpea flour) and coconut!

12. Hodduk is a sweet and sticky pancake treat from Korea. It's filled with a honey and slightly cinnamon-y syrup and fried until the dough is a pretty shade of golden brown. It's perfect when served warm, and if you're feeling a bit extra, indulge with a side of cold ice cream.

13. Barfi is an Indian milk-based snack that comes in many varities, like besan, chocolate, almond, coconut, and more — so you're bound to find one you like!

14. Chinese sweet custard buns are stuffed with a yummy filling of butter and egg so you can end your day sweetly.

15. Halo-halo — a Filipino mixed dessert layered with all sorts of sweet things like evaporated milk, ube (purple yam), sweet beans, coconut strips, shaved ice, fruit, and ice cream — is pretty much heaven in a glass (or bowl or cup — whichever you're served in!).

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