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19 Asian Desserts To Cool Off This Summer In Austin

October 01, 2017

UPDATED OCTOBER 2017

19 Asian Desserts To Cool Off This Summer In Austin

Now that summer (and its best friend, humidity) is officially here, I’m all about these Asian desserts – shaved snows, mochi ice cream, bubble teas – for cold comfort. As much as I would like to book a ticket to Taiwan, Korean, Malaysia, or the Philippines this weekend for shaved ice, this spots will have to do.

SEE ALSO: 10 Must-Try Frozen Treats To Try This Summer in Austin

Here’s a look at the 19 Asian desserts you need to indulge in this summer. Dessert crawl, anyone?

 

Halo Halo

HALO HALO

Be More Pacific just transitioned from food truck to brick and mortar in North Austin. I’m warning you their Halo Halo is ginormous with Amy’s Ice Cream ube ice cream, shaved ice, fruit, jellies, flan, and evaporated milk.

Be More Pacific, 7858 Shoal Creek Blvd Ste. C, Austin, TX, bemorepacifickitchenandbar.com

 

Lightbulb Bubble Tea

LIGHTBULB BUBBLE TEA

Here’s a genius idea: lightbulb bubble tea.

Mango 8, 705 W 24th St Ste.A, Austin, TX 78705

 

Bao'd Up Egg Bao

EGG CREAM BUNS

I grew up eating egg cream buns when I was little and the ones at Bao’d Up taste just as authentic. The egg cream is sweet and creamy inside a soft, pillow homemade bun.

Bao’d Up, 1911 Aldrich St, Austin, TX 78723, baodup.com

SEE ALSO: Get Ready To Stuff Your Face With All The Steamed Buns At Bao’d Up

 

Mochi Ice Cream Bar at Whole Foods

JAPANESE MOCHI ICE CREAM

Every time I go to Whole Foods, I always grab one or two mochi ice creams. Pick from green tea, mango, chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and sesame (my fav).

Whole Foods, North Lamar + Domain locations

 

Kung Fu Tea

BEST BUBBLE MILK TEA IN AUSTIN

There are a couple of bubble tea shops in Austin (I’ve tried them all) and the best one IMO is Kung Fu Tea. The oolong with half sugar is my go-to order and it’s always perfect 👌🏻.

801 W 24th St + 9070 Research Blvd #102, kungfutea.com

 

Snow Monster

MANGO SHAVED ICE

Snow Monster features several different snow snow flavors like green tea, strawberry, passion fruit, taro and mango with your choice of toppings (fresh fruit, jellies, boba, egg pudding, and ice cream).

Snow Monster, 11220 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753, snowmonsteroc.com

 

Green tea parfait

GREEN TEA PARFAIT

Perfect ending to a light meal. Green tea panna cotta with green tea ice cream, red bean, and two pocky sticks.

Kome, 4917 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751, kome-austin.com

 

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THAI TEA AFFOGATO

Condensed milk ice cream, black tea tapioca, and macadamia crumble. DIY Thai tea pour over and you got yourself a Thai tea affogato!

Sway, 1417 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, swayaustin.com

 

Tous Les Jour

KOREAN PATPINGSU

Cool off with Tour Les Jour’s patpingsu with green tea shaved ice, topped with green tea ice cream, adzuki beans, cereal, condensed milk, and mochi.

Tour Les Jour, 6808 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78752, tljus.com

 

Daruma Ramen Softserve

JAPANESE WASABI SOFT SERVE

Slurp down a bowl of ramen noodles and finish your meal with one of Daruma’s monthly rotating soft-serve ice creams. They’ve featured wasabi, garlic, plum & Shiso, and yuzu on the menu.

Daruma Ramen,  612 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701, darumaramen.com

 

Halo Halo Filipino Mart

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HALO HALO

This Filipino dessert combines layers of tropical fruit, chickpeas, and red mung beans topped with shaved ice, condensed milk, evaporated milk and a scoop or two of Filipino-made ice cream. Ice cream flavors include mango, coconut, jackfruit and purple yam (pictured). “Halo halo” means “mix-mix,” so mix everything up and eat it together!

Filipino Mart, 615 W Slaughter Ln, Austin, TX 78748

 

Bambu

VIETNAMESE CHÈ

Start with a ball of crushed ice topped with different combinations of coconut, pandan jelly, longan, basil seed, red white, white bean, mung bean, taro, colored tapioca, boba, and grass jelly.

Bambu Desserts & Drinks, 10901 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753, drinkbambu.com

 

Phonatic Desserts

VIETNAMESE TAPIOCA DESSERT

Build your own bowl of pho at PhoNatic and be sure to order one of their iced desserts. I like the tapioca, agar jelly with crushed ice, and coconut milk. Pro tip: Let the iced dessert sit for 10 minutes before enjoying to let the ice melt.

PhoNatic, multiple locations, pho-natic.com

 

TAIWANESE SHAVED ICE

Crushed ice with with 4 toppings (fresh fruit, almond jelly, red beans, mung beans, grass jelly, or boba) with a drizzle of brown sugar syrup and sweet cream.

Coco’s Cafe, 1910 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705, cocos-cafe.com

 

Soto Restaurant - Green Tea Tiramisu

JAPANESE GREEN TEA TIRAMISU

The classic Italian tiramisu with a Japanese twist!

Soto Restaurant, 11066 Pecan Park Blvd, Cedar Park, TX 78613, sotoaustin.com

 

Teapioca

Photo Credit: @dereknsandra

FRUITY BUBBLE TEA

Counts as a dessert right? Try the cream tea with tapioca, almond cream tea, Thai tea with tapioca, fresh watermelon juice, and the crazy drink (wintermelon juice with all sinkers)

Teapoica Lounge, 1700 W Parmer Ln #210 Austin, TX, teapiocalounge.com

 

 

Cream Whiskers

GREEN TEA CREAM PUFFS

Freshly baked cream puffs filled with your choice of ice cream. Green tea was my favorite! Choose from original (the “perfect” classic French puff pastry shell) or a cookie top (original shell with a crispy and butter sugar cookie crust on top).

Cream Whiskers, 2222 Rio Grande St b120

 

Peached Tortilla
Photo credit: Kristine Silverstein

ASIAN MOVIE NIGHT

Housemade popcorn ice cream with fish sauce caramel and rice puffs. It’s soo good!

Peached Tortilla, 5520 Burnet Rd #100, Austin, TX 78756, thepeachedtortilla.com

SEE ALSO: 21 Reasons Why Peached Tortilla’s Brick & Mortar is Austin’s Best New Restaurant

 

Ramen Tatsuya Cocopioca

YUZUPIOCA

Japanese citrus tapioca, strawberry, basil, and pink peppercorn crumble

Ramen Tatsu-Ya, 1234 S Lamar Blvd & 8557 Research Blvd, ramen-tatsuya.com

WRITTEN BY:

Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.

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