Ingredient Name:  Chinese Brown Sugar, Brown Sugar, Bar Brown Sugar
Traditional Chinese Name: 片糖 (piàn táng)
What is this?
  • Sugar made from unrefined sugar cane
  • Found in pre-packaged bar form in various shades of brown
  • The darker the brown sugar, the greater the molasses content

How do I prepare it?

  • Remove from package and use as is
  • Can be stored as room temperature in an air-tight container

Where can I buy this?

  • You can purchase brown sugar in stick form in all Asian supermarkets in packs
  • It is also available in most Asian herb stores and are sold in packs or by weight

What is the cost?

  • One pack costs around $2-3 CAD and can contain 6-8 sticks

Any benefits?

  • Said to be a more natural sugar as compared to white, refined sugars
  • It contains less calories than white sugar (although not much)

Any substitutes?

  • Use white sugar and caramlize in a dry skillet

Any precautions?

  • Difficult to control portions when added to cooking
  • Always better to undersweetened than oversweeten