Kunming has quite many desserts. Now we will go to know them. Don’t forget to treat yourself with these desserts when you are travelling in Kunming.
Traditional feature desserts of Kunming will deliver you sweet feelings…
玫瑰鲜花饼Rose Flower Cake
Kunming, known as the “Capital of Flowers”, has flowers full of blossom throughout the year in every corner.
In addition to ornamental value, flowers also can be eaten, and its food value is made best use of. Among food made of flowers, flower cake is the favorite of many tourists. Flower cake, featured in “taste of flowers and Yunnan”, is a classical pastry of Yunnan. It has characteristics like intense flower fragrance, agreeable sweetness, skin care, etc.
Flower cake was originated from the Qing Dynasty dated back to over 300 years ago. It was favored by the Emperor Qianlong, and therefore designated as the royal pastry.
Rose Flower Cake of Yunnan is made of local pure alpine rose, quality alpine wheatmeal, alpine cane sugar, wild honey, etc. and then baked. The flower cake right from the oven is crispy, soft, tasty and refreshing with intense flower aroma.
Jasmine Flower Cake
The fragrance that appears from May to August every year is unforgettable. Jasmine of Yunnan is amazingly fragrant.
Thanks for the climate and environmental differences, jasmine in Yunnan has large petals and intense aroma, so it is perfect to make flower cakes.
If you have a bite of jasmine flower cake, the aroma will flow into your throat from your mouth, and you can completely get the intense fragrance of jasmine, which has endless aftertastes.
Where to eat flower cakes in Kunming ？
There are many flower cake specialty stores in streets of Kunming, such as Wah Flower Cake and Panxiangji Flower Cake. You can buy authentic and tasty flower cakes in specialty stores and supermarkets.
Mooncake is must-eat in Mid-Autumn Festival. Ham mooncake is also known as Yunnan ham mooncake, and it has sweet and salty categories. The main materials to make mooncake are Xuanwei ham, which is top 3 hams in China, white sugar, alkaline water, oil and flour, all materials are mixed in a certain proportion and made into golden crust and then baked, and we will have the mooncake with crisp crust, tasty stuffing, golden color, agreeable sweetness, and sweet and salty taste.
You can have the authentic ham mooncake only in Yunnan. Ham mooncake is the must-eat of households in Mid-Autumn Festival, and it is also the best present.
You can buy authentic ham mooncake in pastry stores, specialty stores and supermarkets in Kunming, such as Guanshengyuan, Wah, and Panxiangji, which are all quite famous local mooncake brands.
Tea is the best mate of mooncake. Firstly tea can neutralize the greasy taste and helps digestion; secondly tea can help you to take your time in eating mooncakes, guaranteeing a more joyful experience. Generally speaking, Pu’er tea is recommended for salty mooncake, and scented tea is preferred for sweet mooncake.
Bean Flour Rice Dumpling
Bean Flour Rice Dumpling is a snack very popular among Yunnan people. It has glutinous rice flour as one of its materials, and the wrapper is quite thin. Hand-made glutinous rice dumplings have stuffing or don’t have stuffing, but they are all rolled in the cooked soybean flour. The well grinded soybean flour wraps on the glutinous rice dumpling, like adding sugar to coffee, and the taste becomes amazing instantly.
Bean Flour Rice Dumpling is available in snack bars and restaurants of Kunming, and generally a dish includes 2-4 pieces. Recommended eating places are Jianxinyuan, Qiaoxiangyuan, Yitianyuan, Deshengqiao Tofu Pudding and Rice Noodles Store, Laodian Rice Noodles and One-Seal Restaurant.
Eight-Treasure-Rice in Kunming is the staple food for festivals like Mid-Autumn Festival and Spring Festival, and the dessert is the must-eat on these occasions.
Eight-Treasure-Rice has glutinous rice, raisin, etc. as main materials, and it is sweet, glutinous, and tasty, so it is suitable for all including senior people and children. Color, aroma and taste are all important for Eight-Treasure-Rice. People making Eight-Treasure-Rice have gifts in design, as green raisin, white, yellow and pink preserved fruits and red cherry are well mixed to make the food eye-pleasing and tasty.
You can buy Eight-Treasure-Rice in supermarkets and farmers’ markets in Kunming, and then steam it at home to eat. The taste is superb.玫瑰木瓜水
Rose and Papaya Drink
Papaya drink is a local specialty of Yunnan especially in summer. Girls on the street always have a cup of Rose and Papaya Drink to relieve summer heat.
Tourists in Kunming are recommended to have the Rose and Papaya Drink, which is made of Papaya and rose sugar of Yunnan. You will find some faint scent in the sweetness, and you will love the taste.
There are many places to buy papaya drinks in Kunming. It is a great choice to eat rice noodles while having a cup of Rose and Papaya Drink in Jianxinyuan or Qiaoxiangyuan.调糕藕粉
Lotus Root Starch Cake
Lotus Root Starch Cake is a very famous snack of Yunnan. With different production ways from other places, of course this snack in Yunnan has different tastes.
When eating it, you are expected to smash the rice cake on the lotus root starch, mix it with syrup, rose sauce and nutlets, so as to better display the appearance and taste.
The smooth lotus root starch and white rice cake are mixed with assorted nutlets as well as brown sugar and rose sauce, and those who eat it will have a mouthful of sweetness. Therefore, it is a dessert very popular among tourists in Yunnan.
If you want to have tasty Lotus Root Starch Cake in Kunming, you are recommended to go to old streets Near Confucious' Temple, Yunping Fengweiyuan in Huguo Road, Liulaoye Buzhunzou Restaurant in the Western Ring Road.
Kunming has many traditional desserts, and only those who have tasted them know the fragrance and sweetness.