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Mom's Sweet Red Bean Soup Recipe

Saturday, September 11, 2010 | Labels: , , |

Red bean soup is an extremely popular Chinese dessert soup originating from the Southern parts of China. There are a lot of different interpretations and twists to this popular dessert but today I am featuring my mom's version. The red beans have to be soaked (usually overnight) to ensure a smooth consistency without having to boil for too long. My mom likes to add a handful of glutinous rice into the mix that serves as a natural thickening agent. It is also common to add dried orange peel to this dessert but for some reason I simply do not like the flavour of the orange peel hence the latter is usually skipped.


It is also customary to serve this dessert with Chinese doughnuts or 'yao char kuey' which makes a very satisfying and yummy meal. I love to dunk the Chinese doughnuts or fried crullers into the red bean soup, can you see some parallels with the Western custom of dunking doughnuts into coffee or is it just me?


This time however, I did not get a chance to get the 'yao char kuey' hence I added coconut milk instead for a richer flavour. If I am serving the red bean soup with 'yao char kuey' I usually skip the coconut milk as I find the flavours too muddled since the Chinese doughnuts are quite oily - however this is just my personal preference.


1 packet of red or azuki beans soaked overnight (preferred)
8 cups of water
8 lumps of rock sugar (or to taste) - you can also substitute with white sugar
Handful of glutinous rice (uncooked)
Coconut milk (optional)



Place the red beans, glutinous rice into a big soup pot together with the water and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low and allow to simmer for about 1 hour. Now add the sugar and turn the heat back up and stir until sugar is dissolved. Do a taste test and add more sugar if desired. Serve either hot or cold. Heat up some coconut milk in the microwave and place at the table.


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Peter H said...

This is one of my favourite Chinese desserts - I like mine with the Chinese fried bread!

Jen (Tastes of Home) said...

Peter, me too! Unfortunately didn't have a chance to get any :)

Rose said...

Yummy! Simple desserts are great!

tigerfish said...

I do like dried orange peel in there but not too much till overpowering.

Carolyn Jungw said...

I admit I have not always been a fan of sweet red bean soup for dessert. I'll take a chocolate cake over that any day. ;)
But I must say, the coconut milk addition sounds really good.

Jen (Tastes of Home) said...

TF - yeah you're right on the overpowering bit

Carolyn - it's funny you should mention chocolate cake hehe coz my next feature is a choc mud cake.

Helen Toy said...

I sometimes add peanuts too.

Daisy said...

how many grams is in a packet of azuki beans? thank you:)

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Around 2 cups... Hope that helps!

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