Chinese Red Bean Soup Dessert

Chinese Red Bean Soup Dessert

Soup Name: Chinese Red Bean Soup Dessert, Chinese Red Bean Soup, Red Bean Dessert, Red Bean Soup

Traditional Chinese Name:  紅豆沙 (hǒng dòu shā)

This is a traditional Chinese dessert and a popular dish among the Chinese. It can be eaten any day of the year, but does have special meaning during Chinese New Year’s (because of the red, added with glutinous rice balls filled with sweet black sesame!). This dessert can be served hot or cold and will vary in its content depending on the chef. The basic recipes really just calls for red beans, water and sugar, but many people will also add lotus seeds, black rice, glutinous rice balls and varying other ingredients to make it more rich and wholesome. Some people also will freeze the leftover dessert and make popsicles with them (Hong Kong actually carries this as a commercial dessert in super markets!).


Amount serves: 4 servings in 250mL bowls


What Ingredients are required?

200 g of dried red/azuki beans
30 g of dried lily blubs
50 g of dried lotus seeds
80 g of rock sugar
1 slice of dried tangerine peel
2-3 glutinous rice balls (per person) (optional)

2 L of water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Soak the red beans in warm water for about 2 hours prior to cooking (this will soften them more)
  2. Soak the tangerine peel for 20 minutes (or until soft). Using a butter knife, scrape off the dark outside skin until all the brown portions have washed off under running water (this will help reduce the bitterness of the soup)
  3. Boil your soup water
  4. When water boils, add everything except the glutinous rice balls
  5. Boil on high heat for 30 minutes
  6. Reduce to a medium boil while covered for another hour (or until all the ingredients have softened to your liking)
  7. Add glutinous rice balls and boil for another 5 minutes
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Low in fat and a very tasty, healthy and protein rich sweet soup
  • It serves as a good dessert base (you can add other ingredients to customize it)
  • There is a good portion of fiber in the soup
  • Excellent source of antioxidants, magnesium, iron, potassium and zinc

Any precautions?

  • For those who have gout, consume with caution due to the amount of red beans used
  • Take caution when adding sugar to sweet soups (add less and you can always add more later if needed)
Chinese Red Bean Soup Dessert Ingredients

Azuki Beans

Ingredient Name:  Red Beans, Azuki Beans (also spelled Adzuki Beans)

Traditional Chinese Name: 赤小豆 (chì xiǎo dòu)

What is this?
  • A small, rounded bean that is roughly 5mm in size and is sweet to the taste
  • It is commonly found in East Asia and consumed by Chinese, Japanese and other Asians
  • Variations of the bean come in white, black, gray and brown
  • In Chinese cuisine, it is often eaten sweetend (red bean soup, red bean paste etc)

How do I prepare it?

  • Rinse in cold water before usage
  • For some soups and desserts, you’ll need to soak the beans for 1-2 hours prior to usage
  • Add directly to soups

Where can I buy this?

  • You can purchase azuki beans from most Asian supermarkets prepackaged
  • You can also purchase this in bulk from speciality stores

What is the cost?

  • A package should cost under $3-5 CAD

Any benefits?

  • Excellent source of magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc copper, manganese, and Vitamin B
  • Azuki beans are ideal for lower blood pressure and act as a natural diuretic
  • They provide an excellent source of protein and are rich in soluble fibre
  • They are also known to be cholesterol reducing

Any precautions?

  • Since beans are high in protein, people who have gout should be weary in their consumption volume

Additional Information?

  • Beans store very well in dry conditions and can keep for up to 6 months
  • These beans are versitile in their usage