The simplest Chinese dessert consists of a plate of fruits ranging from lychees (see below), mandarin oranges to papayas. While Chinese may not be well known for their large repertoire of desserts, Chinese desserts can be very delicate and delicious. Here you'll find some descriptions and Chinese recipes for some common desserts, appetizers and snacks. Try some and satisfy your taste bud with sweet mouth watering Chinese desserts or snacks/appetizers before or after a meal of main course or during breaks from work .
Some popular Chinese snacks are:
Melon seeds - These are primarily, for Chinese people - in the same way as sunflower seeds are for Russians. There is a certain skill in nibbling the shells and extracting the kernels elegantly. A good accompaniment with Chinese tea.
Dried Olives and plums - These are salty sweet and have a very particular function. Their main purpose is to induce saliva, and in this, they are wonderful! Just pop one of these into you mouth and at one the saliva flows and all discomfort of a dry mouth disappears! You can buy these olives and plums at Chinese and oriental stores.
Lychees - Occasionally lychees can be bought fresh. Usually they are sold in canned form in the West. The fresh lychees have a thin but tough 'shell'. When this is removed, there is a white fruit with a black stone, but the canned ones are already stoned. Canned lychees come in a thin syrup. Their delicious flavor is difficult to describe.