Chinese Sweet Black Sesame Tong Shui, or Dessert Soup
Chinese sweet black sesame dessert soup is touted to help prevent gray hair. The warm soup is served garnished with various toppings.
- Serves: 6 persons
- 1cup rice (long-grain or short-grain)
- 1cup black sesame seeds
- 7cups water
- ¾cup granulated sugar (or to taste)
Step 1Soak the rice in cold water for at least 1 hour.
Step 2Toast the black sesame seeds in a frying pan on medium-low heat for 1 to 2 minutes until they are fragrant and the pan begins to smoke. Remove and cool.
Step 3Drain the rice and add to a blender with 3 cups of the water.
Step 4Blend until smooth. Remove and clean out the blender.
Step 5Grind the sesame seeds in the blender until they are fully ground and the sesame smell is very fragrant.
Step 6Add 1/2 cup of the water and grind briefly until the mixture forms a grayish paste.
Step 7Add the blended rice/water mixture to the sesame paste and blend.
Step 8In a large saucepan, bring the mixture to a boil with the remaining 3 1/2 cups of water and the sugar.
Step 9As soon as it starts to boil, turn the heat down to low and cook until the mixture thickens, stirring constantly (5 to 8 minutes).*
Step 10Serve warm garnished with crushed nuts, shredded coconut, or softened chopped Chinese dates if desired.