No-bake Asian desserts for those with a sweet tooth

The Internet is no stranger to no-bake treats. From Oreo cheesecake to homemade ice cream, there are endless recipes to browse through if you’re looking for a dessert that doesn’t require an oven. However, if you’re looking for something more than the run-of-the-mill chocolate chip cookie, plug in your rice cooker, grab a bag of glutinous rice flour, and try your hand at these no-bake Asian desserts.

1. Orh Nee Tarts

It’s hard to beat the luscious orh nee tarts sold at the old-school confectionery, June Bakery. But since we’re all stuck at home, you can try your hand at recreating some Orh Nee Tarts of your own, and you won’t even need an oven for one of these no-bake Asian desserts.

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We’ve adapted a traditional orh nee recipe for our tart filling, which typically has a few small yam chunks mixed into the paste. But if you want the paste to be as smooth as the June Bakery version, give the yam filling a good blend in a food processor after mashing it up.

Yield: 24 pieces

Time needed: 1 hour


Tart shells:
85g whole wheat cookies or butter cookies
40g melted butter

800g yam, skinned and diced
50ml water
160ml oil
6 shallots, sliced
200g sugar
Gingko nuts, shelled and skinned (optional)


Crush the cookies in a Ziploc bag till they become fine crumbs. Add melted butter to the crumbs and mix well.  Prepare a cupcake or muffin pan with cupcake liners. Divide the crumb mixture evenly into 24 portions and press them firmly into the sides of each cupcake liner. Freeze for at least 20 minutes. To prepare the orh nee filling, steam the cubes of yam for around 20 minutes, or until they are soft. Using a fork,

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