Ingredient Name:  Rock Sugar (also known as Rock Candy)
 
Traditional Chinese Name: 冰糖 (bīng táng)
 
What is this?
  • Type of confectionary composed of large sugar crystals compiled together
  • Rock sugar comes in a variety of colours such as varying tones of yellow of clear (as pictured above)
  • It is more natural and not as sweet as granulated sugar
  • Often used in Chinese desserts

How do I prepare it?

  • Preparation is not needed, simply use as is out of the bag
  • You may need to break it up into smaller pieces

Where can I buy this?

  • In any supermarket, they come prepackaged in bags
  • You can also purchase this from wet marts in Hong Kong in bulk

What is the cost?

  • You can purchase this for around $15 – $20 CAD / pound

Any benefits?

  • Rock sugar is said to be a healthier substitute for granulated, processed sugar
  • It is more natural than refined sugar

Any precautions?

  • Over consumption can lead to fatigue and imbalance of sugar in the blood and potentially cause diabetes
  • Use sugar in moderation

Our family’s concept of healthy and delicious soups excludes sugar.  I never put sugar into my soups as there is enough from the dried fruit that you’re using as your soup base.  This is required if you are boiling a sweet soup – that I call dessert.