Chinese Dessert in Food Culture

Chinese dessert

What is the history of Chinese Dessert?

What are the special characteristics of Chinese Dessert?

What are the cooking methods of traditional Chinese desserts?

What are the main ingredients to make traditional Chinese desserts?

Classifications and famous examples of traditional Chinese Desserts.

What is the history of Chinese Dessert?

 

The eating of maltose, honey, and ice had been documented in the Classic of Poetry (or Book of Songs) that contains poems of the Zhou Dynasty (1046 BC — 771 BC) and Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC — 476 BC). 

 

This is the earliest written record of using sugar to make sweet taste desserts. 

Bronze Container (Jian) that Could Place Ice Cubes to Cool Wine and Food, Unearthed from Tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng (about 475 BC — 433 BC)

Bronze Container (Jian) that Could Place Ice Cubes to Cool Wine and Food, Unearthed from Tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng (about 475 BC — 433 BC) — National Museum of China

But dessert had been only popular among royals. Until the Tang Dynasty (618 — 907) and Song Dynasty (960 — 1279), the production of sugar dramatically increased, due to the development of technology and the economy. 

 

Since then, dessert has come into the civilians' world. More ingredients were added, and more types were invented. 

Unearthed Food (Dumplings and Desserts) and Utensils from the Tang Dynasty

Unearthed Food (Dumplings and Desserts) and Utensils from the Tang Dynasty — National Museum of China (Photo by Kanjianji)