Dried Beancurd and Ginkgo Nuts Dessert

Soup Name:  Dried Beancurd and Ginkgo Nuts Dessert
Traditional Chinese Name: 白果腐竹糖水 (bái guǒ fǔ zhú táng shuǐ)

This is a great hot “sweet”, otherwise known as a dessert that is said to help with the complexion and smoothness of your skin.  I especially like the gingko bilobas and the texture of the dried bean curd.  It’s a very common Chinese dessert and is super easy to make.

What Ingredients are required?

15-20 fresh gingko bilobas
2 sheets of dried bean curd
1 piece of rock sugar
1 raw egg (optional)
1 L of cold water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Start boiling water
  2. Wash dried bean curd in warm water, break up into large pieces to fit into pot
  3. Wash gingko biloba
  4. When water boils, add gingko bilobas and rock sugar (as much or as little as desired)
  5. (Optional egg) – crack whole into water
  6. Boil for 30 minutes and serve!

Any benefits?

  • Excellent for nourishing the skin and complexion
  • Great source of protein

Any precautions?

  • People with gout should eat with caution
  • Eat gingko bilobas in moderation as too much is poisonous

Dried Bean Curd


Ingredient Name:  Dried bean curd, tofu skin, fu jook, yuba

Traditional Chinese Name: 腐竹 (fǔ zhú)

What is this?

  • A Chinese or Japanese product made from soy beans
  • When boiling soy milk, the thick filmy layer is extracted and dried as dried bean curd
  • It is used in dim sums, desserts, and in meat substitutes (as vegetarian dishes)
  • You can purchase it fresh or dried

How do I prepare it?

  • Rinse in warm water first
  • For dried bean curd, soak in water for a few hours if planning to use skin in whole pieces
  • For desserts, dried bean curd should be added to cold water if you wish to shred it completed

Where can I buy this?

  • This is available in most Asian supermarkets
  • Can be purchased both fresh and dried
  • Is also available in single sheets or as a bulk of many wrapped layers (depending on how you wish to use it)

What is the cost

  • Dried bean curd is very affordable
  • 3 sheets as pictured above cost $6 HKD

Any benefits?

  • Good source of protein
  • Has very little saturated fat and no cholesterol
  • Excellent source of Vitamin E
  • Ideal for vegetarian consumption

Any precautions?

  • People with the condition of gout should consume with caution as it is high in protein