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Sweet Glutinous Rice Soup with Dried Longans and Red Dates Recipe

Sweet Glutinous Rice Soup with Dried Longans and Red Dates Recipe

Sweet Glutinous Rice Soup with Dried Longans and Red Dates Recipe

This is a very old-fashioned Taiwanese dessert, which can be found sold in many night markets in Taiwan. The Taiwanese believe that it is good for health and consuming it in winter will help keep the body warm and prevent colds. It is traditionally served with a little bit of rice wine, but this is entirely optional.

Ingredients :

  • 150 g (51/3 oz) short-grain glutinous rice
  • 250 ml (8 fl oz / 1 cup) water
  • Rice wine, to taste (optional)

Soup

  • 250 ml (8 fl oz / 1 cup) + 450 ml (15 fl oz) water
  • 1 Tbsp rock sugar
  • 1 Tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp dried longans
  • 10 red dates
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Glutinous Rice Flour Slurry

  • 1 Tbsp glutinous rice flour
  • 11/2 Tbsp water

Method :

  1. Rinse the rice and place in a heatproof bowl with the water. Place in a steamer and steam for 30–40 minutes until the rice is cooked and tender.
  2. Prepare the soup. Place 250 ml (8 fl oz / 1 cup) water in a saucepan with the rock sugar and dark brown sugar. Bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat for 5 minutes. Set aside.
  3. In another saucepan, bring 450 ml (15 fl oz) water, dried longans and red dates to a boil, then simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.
  4. Add the cooked rice. Bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes until the rice soup looks thick and sticky.
  5. Add the syrup and salt and return to the boil.
  6. Prepare the glutinous rice flour slurry. Mix the glutinous rice flour with the water and stir into the boiling soup. Cook for another minute and remove from heat.
  7. Prepare 4 serving bowls. Add a little rice wine into each bowl if desired, then ladle the rice soup into the bowls.
    Serve immediately.

Serves 4

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Source :
HOME-STYLE
TAIWANESE COOKING
Family Favourites – Classic Street Foods – Popular Snacks
by : Tsung-Yun Wan

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See also Taiwanese Recipe “Peanut Pancakes Recipe”