DESSERT

甜 点

(Tián Diǎn)

What Do You Know About the Word of Dessert in Chinese?

The word Dessert in Chinese is known as “甜点 (tián diǎn)“. The first Chinese character “甜 (tián)” means sweet, opposite to the Chinese word “苦 (kǔ, bitter)“.

And the second character “点 (diǎn)” here refers to food or snacks to relieve hunger, such as cakes or pastries althought it does have many other meanings in Chinese depending on the context.

Dessert in Chinese and Its Similar Terms

Have you ever heard of or tasted traditional Chinese desserts and pastries? Can you distinguish Chinese desserts, such as typical Chinese Pastries, desserts, Chinese cakes, or Dim Sum?

Keep reading the stories below to know more about Chinese desserts and their eating culture in China.

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Desserts are highly varied in Chinese cuisines. Generally, a type of desserts which are made of flour, eggs, beans together and produced through baking, roasting, steaming, fried and more Chinese cuisine techniques are called Chinese Pastries “糕点 (gāo diǎn)“, or spoken as “点心 (diǎn xīn)” in a broad sense. Both of their appearances and flavor are quite different from typical sponge cakes or sweet desserts in other countries.

Moreover, Chinese desserts also vary greatly in geographical territories. Unlike Chinese Pastries (点心, diǎn xīn), another word “Dim Sum” is also called “点心 (diǎn xīn)” but actually they are different. In fact, Dim sum is a transliterated word from the Chinese pronunciation of “点心 (diǎn xīn)“. But it specifically refers to the Cantonese-style snacks popular in southern China, especially in Guangzhou and Hongkong, with either a sweet or salty flavor. Thus, it is more properly understood as “广式点心 (guǎng shì diǎn xīn)“.

甜 点
(Tián Diǎn)

"Dessert"

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