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Compared with Westerners, Chinese people are generally not fond of sweets, and even among those Chinese possessing a sweet tooth, their preferences can be quite different from their counterparts in Europe or America. While Westerners may find it difficult to resist the temptation of rich desserts such as chocolate cake and ice cream, Chinese usually go for lighter-taste sweets with less sugar and fat content. In terms of ingredients, glutinous rice often plays the role that flour takes in Western desserts, and instead of chocolate, traditional Chinese desserts are frequently made with red beans, sesame, dates, or lotus seeds, because for Chinese, nutrition and healthfulness are considered to be as important as good taste in their desserts. Sesame, for example, is rich in vitamin E and contributes to healthy looking hair and helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol. High in protein and minerals, red beans are believed to be good for the stomach and spleen, and lotus seeds are regarded as helpful for good complexion. For their nutritional value, sesame paste, red-bean soup, and lotus-seed soup with dates are the most common Chinese desserts.

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In cookery, the Chinese often enjoy making up a dish to resemble the looks, if not also the taste of a particular ingredient, giving the dish the same name. This very light and delightful summer dessert, which looks like bean curd is, in fact, not bean curd at all! Almond Bean Curd 15 Feb 2009
It's been said that the lard is what produces the traditional taste. However, if desired, butter or margarine may be substituted for very satisfactory results. Almond Cookies 24 Nov 2007
Baked Sago Pudding with Bird's Nest Baked Sago Pudding with Bird's Nest 11 Nov 2009
Bird's Nest Egg Tarts Bird's Nest Egg Tarts 28 Sep 2009
Black Soya Bean Curd Dessert Black Soya Bean Curd Dessert 11 Dec 2009
Clay-Pot Puddings Clay-Pot Puddings 8 Mar 2008
Coconut Snow Ball Coconut Snow Ball 11 Nov 2007
Crispy Dumplings Crispy Dumplings 8 Mar 2008
Crispy Egg Bows Crispy Egg Bows 8 Mar 2008
Deep Fried Sesame Ball Deep Fried Sesame Ball 11 Nov 2007
Ginger Flavoured Chocolate Sweet Dumplings Ginger Flavoured Chocolate Sweet Dumplings 30 Nov 2009
Green bean also known as green mung bean is known to have cooling effect on the body - perfect for neutralizing the heaty effect of deep fried food. Green Bean Soup 8 Jul 2008
Ice Lemon Tea Ice Lemon Tea 8 Jul 2008
Ice-coated Moon Cakes Ice-coated Moon Cakes 14 Sep 2009
Mango Pancake Mango Pancake 12 Oct 2009
This simple dessert captures the glorious flavour of mango like no other. Its texture is silky rich, and its flavour, simply wonderful. Fresh cream is called for in the original recipe, but evaporated milk gives it the same richness without the fat. Mango Pudding 20 Nov 2007
Mini Clay Pot Pudding Mini Clay Pot Pudding 9 Sep 2009
Mini Coconut Tarts Mini Coconut Tarts 11 Oct 2009
Pudding with Dried Fruit and Rice Pudding with Dried Fruit and Rice 11 Nov 2009
Red Bean Paste Pancake Red Bean Paste Pancake 27 Sep 2009
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