As a relatively gluten-sensitive person (a.k.a no bueno for my digestive track) I’m constantly on the look out for non-glutenous treats in Beijing. Below are some of my favs. Not all necessarily “healthy”, but good for a bit of indulgence
Traditional Treat (Tsinghua University)
I can’t remember this restaurant name, but it’s right inside the Tsinghua campus near 双清路. I marked it here on Baidu. This dessert is basically roasted steaming hot sweet potato topped with coconut milk and crushed peanuts. So simple, yet so delicious, also extremely healthy as as far as desserts go. They might sneak some croutons on the plate for garnish so just remember to ask to leave it off.
This pie was inspired by local ingredients (think steamed corn buns with red bean filling in 7/11) and created for the 4th of July. It’s not completely vegan (some eggs are featured) but it is milk and butter free. More importantly, it was so good I ate half the pie. The pairing of a crispy cornmeal crust and hot gooey sweet date filling will make even the most die-hard apple pie fan reconsider their loyalties.
Credit for this amazing recipe goes to my friend Ali Retson, who I hope will soon also have a food blog to showcase her amazing culinary creations! For now, another cooking show must suffice:
This recipe marks my first experiment with the cooking show format (video embedded below)….the film quality leaves something to be desired (as does the Chinese narration) but more fun than reading a post right?