I remember when I was younger, I used to not care for this dessert. I don't know what I was thinking. My mom would try to get me to eat it, but I refused. Now, it's my favorite. Red bean is awesome.
The restaurants make it a bit differently then my mom does, in that they don't add many nuts and beans and that stuff. Usually, restaurants just have the soup, red beans, rice and occasionally some weird pearl stuff. Theirs is also sweeter. I like mines sweet but not to sweet. Also, when my aunts make 紅豆沙, theirs is twice as sweet. Literally, since they add twice as much brown sugar pieces than my mom does. Me and my mom don't like it too sweet and it's also a bit unhealthy adding all of that sugar. So, if you guys like things sweet, you can add more sugar than stated in the recipe. Also, there are no exact measurements for this recipe. Enjoy.
- half a bag of red beans
- 1/4 bag of mixed beans
- 1/4 cup lotus seed
- 1 cup rice (my mom uses Jasmine White Rice)
- 1 bag Brown Sugar Pieces (Rock Sugar)
- In a large saucepot, combine all the ingredients EXCEPT for the brown sugar pieces. Rinse and rain them a few times. Then, let it sit in the water for half an hour to an hour.
- Add water until the pot is almost full. Then, bring it to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to a simmer, and let it cooked uncovered for 1 1/2 hrs to 2 hrs.
- Then, add in the brown sugar pieces. Stir until it melts. Taste the soup. If you like it sweeter, add another bag.