5 Asian desserts as good as they are Instagram


Bingsoo. Photograph courtesy of Siroo & Juk Story.

Matcha Layer Cake Pancake in Kyoto Matcha

33 Maryland Ave., Rockville; 967 Rose Ave., North Bethesda; 10045 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City

These Japanese dessert shops specialize in everything green tea from gold leaf desserts to cream puffs, but nothing is quite as satisfying as slicing through the many layers of this matcha pancake cake. .

Magnolia Dessert Bar: 431 Maple Ave. W., Vienna. Thai Sisters: 4004 University Dr., Fairfax; 2985 District Avenue, Fairfax; 503 Montgomery Street, Alexandria; 7995 Tuckerman Ln., Potomac

This sundae, also known as Shibuya toast, is loaded with macarons and truffles and is built on a mini honey and butter glazed brioche bun. Find it in flavors such as Nutella, Matcha, and Pocky Strawberry.

4231 Markham Street, Annandale; 13830, route Lee, Centerville; 10176 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City

Order this snowy Korean dessert with toppings ranging from mochi and kidney beans to Oreos and fresh fruit. Our favorite: the green tea version with diced mango and cornflakes.

13814-D Braddock Rd., Centerville

Hong Kong-style puffy egg waffles are topped with ice cream (think green tea or strawberry cheesecake), then topped with candy, mochi, drizzle, and whipped cream.

1110 Vermont Ave., NO

There’s a rainbow of ingredients in this frozen Filipino dessert: purple ube ice cream, pandan flan, jackfruit, red beans, plantains, coconut and pineapple jelly, and taro flavored ice cream.

This article appeared in the January 2022 issue of The Washingtonian.

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Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind the DC food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian as of July 2016, she was food writer and columnist Young & Hungry at the Washington City Paper. She is originally from Colorado and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.

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