Take a look at the most popular Asian desserts and try one for National Dessert Day!



National Dessert Day is right around the corner. Have you considered trying an Asian dessert?


History Of National Dessert Day

Every 14th of October, people in the U.S. satisfy their sweet tooth for National Dessert Day. While there is no real history on the origin of National Dessert Day, we do know where the word “dessert” came from.

The term “dessert” originates from the French word desservir, which translates to the action “to clear the table.” This is because dessert is served after a main meal’s dishes have been cleared.

However, the sweetness of dessert has existed long before there was a proper title for it. As an act of worship, ancient civilizations would offer dried fruits and honey to their gods. In Ancient Greece, a special sweet bread was made with nuts and honey to make an almost cake-like dish called plakous.

It is believed the Ancient Greeks may have also invented pie, as Aristophanes mentions sweetmeats and pastries filled with fruit in his plays.


Asian Desserts

While the list of desserts is long, let’s take a look at a few popular Asian desserts.


Fried Ice Cream

fried ice creamFried ice cream is a popular dish that is a sub-frozen scoop of ice cream coated in a tempura batter and deep-fried into yummy goodness. At Pho 95, you can choose from three delicious flavors (vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry) to satisfy your sweet tooth. Typical Asian flavors, however, are green tea, vanilla, taro, or red bean. As Texans, we may be familiar with the Mexican fried ice cream that uses a cornflake batter. While the two are similar, the experience is held in the batter.


flanVietnamese flan is a savory dessert that just takes a little bite before you’re hooked. Flan is a custard (derived from eggs) and is usually chilled. Pho 95’s flan is served with shaved ice and Vietnamese coffee. The caramel flavor melds with the coffee for an enjoyably unique tasting experience.



With its tropical fruits, green jellies, and cream, Che Thai is a fun, fruity, beverage-like dessert. If you like boba tea, you’ll most definitely enjoy this lip-smacking drink. You should also try the Suong Sa Hot Luu which uses coconut milk instead of cream and has tapioca pearls or the Buddha’s Bean that uses red and white beans with jellies and is also topped with the sweetness of coconut milk.


Boba Tea

boba tea

Boba tea is also on the dessert menu at Pho 95. The bubbles will make you giddy and the flavors will make you say, “Mmmm.” From avocado to jackfruit to honeydew, find your next favorite boba at our restaurant!


Treat Yo’self

At Bff, we have several yummy desserts to choose from like Tiramisu, Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Cheesecake, Fried Ice Cream, Strawberry Cheesecake, Caramel Cheesecake, Red Velvet Cake, Boba. The calories don’t count on National Dessert Day! So dig into something sugary sweet and treat yo’self!

By Leslie Radford


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