Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A Tong Sui of Lotus Tea..........


"Tong Sui" is the cantonese word for Sweet Soup. Chinese celebration dinners or banquets would end with a sweet soup cooked with lotus seeds, gingko nuts, red beans or ground peanuts, and served with some sweet lotus or red bean buns. It can be served as snacks at home.

Chinese made their tong sui or sweet soup from herb based ingredients beneficial to the body which are simmered for 2 to 3 hours. Now we have the slow cooker to thank for.

Here is a recipe of Lotus tea which I often cook at home to share....



80 gm lotus seeds ( soaked for 15 mins)....believe to be cooling.


50 gm 'Pak Hup' or magnolia petals (washed) beneficial for cough and lungs ailments.

30 gm dried longan (washed)...good for heart, lungs, spleen, kidney and those with nervous system disorder.


A floret of dried white fungus (washed and soak for 15 mins)


Soaked white fungus looks like this.....stimulates the glands, checks irregular menstruation and gives relief to those suffering from ulcers and constipation and the remedy for a beautiful complexion.



180 gm rock sugar.......


Put all the above ingredients in a slow cooker and slow boiled together with 5 to 6 bowls of water till cooked. Serve it hot or cold.

15 comments:

Kok said...

sweetjasmine,
This is good! I love it with lots of dried longan. hehe.

Sweet Jasmine said...

kok - wow! u real fast here when u see food..ha.ha this is our favourite tong sui also...

ck lam said...

One of our must have tong sui for Chinese New Year. Normally will add in some red dates too :)

erinalaw said...

Tong Sui .................... eemmmm. I love it. It so good for the hot weather now.

Christy said...

This is like, my 2nd fave tong sui next to barley...haha, if you consider barley a tong sui. Wait, maybe not...more like a drink unless you dump gingko nuts into it, right:p

I love the lotus seeds, the pak hup, snow fungus...oh my...all very nice ingredients:)

Little Corner of Mine said...

I have all of these at home, I should make this in my slow cooker. :D But, probably try a little bit first because I never make this kind of tong sui before and not sure whether my hubby will eat it.

Big Boys Oven said...

this sweet soup really rocks . . . a healty dessert!

Kok said...

sweetjasmine,
Of course lah. See food must fast fast grab. If not, nothing left. kakaka!

Beachlover said...

I like this type of tong sui but minus lotus seed add in pak koh!Look good,make me wanna to make some for cold weather now!

Sweet Jasmine said...

ck lam - red dates will make the tong sui sweeter and good as a tonic for the anaemic...

Sweet Jasmine said...

erinalaw - Take cold tong sui for hot weather and hot tong sui for cold weather....

Sweet Jasmine said...

christy - any sweet soup can be call tong sui..so is sweet barley with red dates and sugar added..

Sweet Jasmine said...

little corner of mine - wish you could try this and maybe the whole family would love this sweet nutritious soup...

Sweet Jasmine said...

big boys oven - all chinese tong sui have beneficial health properties..

Sweet Jasmine said...

beachlover - nothing beats a bowl of hot sweet soup to rejuvenate the body...