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Chinese desserts

hrhboo Jun 11, 2007 05:41 PM

I go out for dim sum regularly, but I'm stumped when it comes to the desserts! I stick with the little custard tarts and the sesame balls filled with bean or sesame paste. Can anyone shed some light on some of the others? What are the opaque jelly cube things? I'd love to know your favourites so I can get sampling!

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    justagthing RE: hrhboo Jun 11, 2007 09:23 PM

    One of my favorites are the sticky white triangles. I think they are made from rice flour. Some of my friends like mango pudding or the sweet tofu.

    In regards to the opaque jelly cubes, are they kind of greyish and have little bits of something in it? Maybe water chestnuts? Not sure of the name, but my family makes these at home during holidays and I love them.

    Something else you may want to consider as the days get hotter is to go out and get some shaved ice...so refreshing.

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    1. re: justagthing
      cheryl_h RE: justagthing Jun 12, 2007 08:33 AM

      Water chestnut pudding is as you describe. The flavor is a bit bland, sweetish. The water chestnuts add a nice crunch.

    2. monku RE: hrhboo Jun 11, 2007 09:28 PM

      Opaque white jelly cube things could be almond Jello. Plain gelatin mixed with milk and almond extract then served with fruit cocktail.

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        justagthing RE: monku Jun 11, 2007 09:45 PM

        oh, i didn't even think about that. I make that at home, agar agar.

      2. katkoupai RE: hrhboo Jun 11, 2007 10:45 PM

        Anyone know where to get really good shaved ice with all the fixings in Alhambra?

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        1. re: katkoupai
          monku RE: katkoupai Jun 11, 2007 10:55 PM

          Kang Kang Food Court in Alhambra. Corner of Garfield & Valley Blvd. couple doors down from Starbucks.

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            katkoupai RE: monku Jun 12, 2007 07:58 AM

            Thank you. :)

        2. chowser RE: hrhboo Jun 12, 2007 08:54 AM

          mango pudding, warm tofu custard, pineapple buns (no pineapples in them but crunchy tops and custard inside), red bean soup w/ little mochi balls, there's that sweet congee w/ the dried fruit (I think it's called dragon's eyes in English).

          I could probably eat a whole dimsum meal out of desserts...

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