Sweet and sour pork, char siu, Peking duck, spring rolls, xiao long bao, wonton, ma po tofu, crispy skin chicken, hot and sour soup, fried rice – and so much more. The list of internationally beloved Chinese dishes, questions of authenticity notwithstanding, is long. Ask people about Chinese desserts, though, and they are likely to draw a blank. As popular as Chinese cuisines are, it’s the savoury dishes that are the stars – sweets languish in the shadows, without an identity of their own…


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