Easy International Desserts To Add Diversity To Your Buffet

 By Kylee Ryers - 09/01/24

Easy International Desserts To Add Diversity To Your Buffet
Most people think that British people only love English food, like fish and chips or a roast dinner. However, a new survey shows that most people in the country would actually choose foreign food over British meals. According to figures compiled by OnePoll, 25 percent prefer other cuisines to traditional English foods. Moreover, in a list of 20 international cuisines, it was found that most people in the UK would love to try food from the Philippines, Brazil, and Vietnam. 
When trying food from another country, adventurous eaters typically go for savoury meals or street food since the unfamiliar ingredients can transport us to a whole new world of flavours. But for those who are hesitant to taste international cuisine, one way to ease oneself into the process is to start with foreign desserts. Starting with something sweet can ease your fear of unfamiliar foods, and it may also help to boost overall meal satisfaction. What's more, some of the best international desserts are easy and inexpensive to make, which makes them perfect for buffets for any occasion. To sweeten your celebrations, here are some of the tastiest, easiest international desserts to add to your buffet table
Philippines- Mango Float
Making international food that everyone will love can be a challenge, especially if the majority of your guests aren't adventurous eaters. But one way to get past that hurdle is to look up recipes inspired by famous restaurants as these institutions have cracked the code on what works for even the pickiest eater. For instance, if you want to serve South African food, look for a dupe recipe of Peri-Peri style chicken from Nandos, which is a popular South African restaurant chain. 
Another way to ensure a crowd-pleasing spread is to make simple international food that only needs a few ingredients. One such food is a popular Philippine dessert called Mango Float. It's a must-have on special occasions, especially during the Christmas holiday season. It only needs four ingredients to make this dessert, and best of all, you don't even need an oven to make it since it only needs to be chilled before serving.
To make Mango Float, you'll need five ripe mangoes, 4 cups of all purpose cream or whipping cream, one 14-ounce can of condensed milk, and graham crackers. Peel the mangoes, making sure to cut the lobes off as close to the seed as possible. Slice the mangoes into 15-mm slices, then chill in the fridge. In a bowl, beat 2 cups of cream until stiff peaks form, then add the remaining cream and beat again. Fold in half of the condensed milk then beat for 3 minutes before adding the rest of the condensed milk. Beat the mixture again for 5 minutes until stiff peaks form. Next, cover the bottom of an 8 x 12-inch glass dish with one layer of graham crackers, then spread some of the cream mixture over it. Top with some mango slices. Repeat to make more layers, making sure that the topmost layer is covered with mango slices. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 8 hours. Slice into squares before serving.
Brazil- Brigadeiro
For any occasion that involves children, you can't go wrong with brigadeiro balls. This is the Brazilians' take on chocolate truffles, and it's made with only three ingredients that you can find in any grocery store in the world. You'll need a 14-ounce can of sweet condensed milk, half a cup of chocolate drinking powder mix such as Nesquik, and 1 tablespoon of butter. To start, combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium heat. The mixture will thicken as it cooks, so make sure to stir, and scrape the sides and bottom of the saucepan as it heats. You'll know it's ready when the mixture reaches 208F– use a candy thermometer to check.
Let the mixture cool, then butter your hands. Scoop half a tablespoon of mixture and roll into a ball. Repeat, then roll the balls in chocolate or candy sprinkles before serving. You can also dip them partway in some Nutella if you want a more indulgent dessert. This recipe makes around 15 brigadeiros, so adjust the recipe if you need to make more. 
Vietnam- Che Chuoi
If you and your guests love bananas, then you'll love Che Chuoi. This Vietnamese dessert, also known as Banana Tapioca, can be served hot or cold, so it's perfect throughout the year. Make sure to use sweet banana varieties, such as Cavendish, lady finger, or apple banana for the best results. 
To make this dessert, you'll need 1 pound of bananas, half a cup of tapioca pearls, half a cup of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 can of coconut milk. First, boil 10 cups of water in a pot and add the tapioca pearls. Cook for 10 minutes or until the pearls are translucent. Strain the tapioca pearls under cold running water, drain and set aside. Next, slice the bananas vertically. Each banana should be sliced into four pieces. In another pot, put two cups of water, then add the tapioca pearls. Add the sugar and salt and stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the coconut milk, then stir in the bananas. Simmer for 5 minutes, then take the mixture off the heat. Spoon the mixture into bowls and serve the dessert while it's warm, or chill before serving. 
Add some diversity to your buffet by serving international desserts. Try any of these recipes to wow your guests– they're sure to come back for more of these sweet treats!


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