Savour The New Taste Of Asia

Asian pop-culture has become very popular in the West lately. While people are discovering the various aspects of Asia’s cinema and music, the opposite process is happening in Asian cuisine that opens up to new flavours and dishes. For example, there’re a lot of Western-style bakeries in Korea right now that cater to the public’s newfound interest in croissants, cupcakes and cookies. But many of these dishes have something to offer even to the avid dessert lovers. For those who are tired of regular sweets, here are 3 recipes that will surely leave you satisfied.

Instead of having your usual bowl of cereal for breakfast, try making a batch of these Berger cookies. This dessert cookie is based on a European recipe that was later developed in the US and became a cultural icon of Maryland. It is a simple yet very delicious combination of a cakey vanilla base and a little mountain of chocolate fudge frosting. Doesn’t it sound like the best thing ever? It may take a bit of work the night before but at breakfast, you can indulge yourself in a few of these cookies. It also makes for a perfect weekend activity when you don’t have to hurry and can just lose yourself in the process of baking.

Start with the base: in a bowl beat together butter, sugar, baking powder and vanilla. Mix in and start adding flour and milk, alternating between the two. Place the dough using a tablespoon on a prepared baking sheet. Flatten the cookies with glass and bake for about 10 minutes. For the frosting mix together the chocolate chips and hot heavy cream. Then add corn syrup and powdered sugar and let the mixture cool. Assemble the dessert by dipping the base into the frosting and then putting some more using a knife. The cookie to chocolate ratio should be equal. Let everything set for a bit and keep in an airtight container for a quick sweet snack.

For a simple yet delicious and comforting dessert idea, try the chocolate chip cake. It doesn’t require a lot of prep or any crazy ingredients, but it’s easy to transfer so you can take to any party or event. First oil a bundt pan and then mix the dry ingredients. Beat the sugar and butter for 2-3 minutes until creamy and mix in the eggs, one at a time. Add the dry mixture and sour cream which you can substitute for milk or melted butter. Last but not least gently fold in the star of the recipe – the chocolate chips. Bake for 40 minutes and make sure to let it cool thoroughly before transferring. This simple cake has all the flavours reminiscent of childhood and will please both adults and children.

The last recipe is a real summer fruit bomb. The mango cake requires the biggest shopping list but this light dessert is sure to impress anyone. It’s a two-layered cake with mango pudding and vanilla cream frosting in between. There’re no eggs or butter so you can substitute milk for a plant-based option and make it vegan. And the cooking mostly consists of mixing the dry and wet ingredients, baking two cake rounds and then making the pudding. Decorate the cake with frosting and mango slices for the best presentation.

It’s needless that food has become very global nowadays. But if it can bring together people from different corners of the world eating the cake made from the same recipe, it’s surely a wonderful thing.

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