Sweet rice dumplings, or Tang Yuan, is a traditional Chinese sweet dessert that is similar to the Japanese mochi in appearance. Like mochi, Tang Yuan is made out of glutinous rice flour and water to form a smooth al-dente dough which is rolled into round balls. While mochi is typically served dry, Tang Yuan is always served moist with a sweet gingery syrup. Tang Yuan is also never filled with ice cream like some versions of mochi. Instead, Tang Yuan is typically filled with a sweet delectable [Read More ...]
This is a delicious classic double steamed Chinese dessert I love. It has a delicate sweetness that is lightly contrasted with a smooth gingery zing that sits over a lovely mellow tone of almond fragrance and fresh pears. This dessert is good year round but especially suitable for the cold dry autumn and winter seasons. This dessert soup nourishes and moisturizes the lungs and skin. It helps to quench thirst and expel phlegm. This dessert can be [Read More...]
As we are in the midst of the dry cold season, I was reminded of a delicious moisturizing soup that my family enjoys during this time of year. This soup, made with ya li Asian pears, dried figs, and a few simple Chinese herbs, is a gentle nourishing tonic that moistens the lungs and skin from the [Read More...]
For those who celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you had a warm and wonderful holiday weekend! I enjoyed my time off with my husband eating and relaxing. We also took a day hike at Mountain Diablo. From the top of the summit there, at about 3,900 ft above sea level, we can see all the way to the [Read More...]
If you had ever ordered a green bean (or “mung bean”) dessert soup at an Asian-style dessert house, you would know that there are many ways to enjoy this delightful naturally fat-free low-calorie item. It can be served cold on hot summer days as a refreshing cool sweet snack, or served hot in the winter to warm [Read More...]
This is a heavenly and unbelievably refreshing papaya and milk dessert soup, with the light fragrance and taste of almonds. It is lightly-sweetened, yet so delicious and thirst-quenching that this cold dessert is just perfect on a hot day. This dessert has moisturizing and skin-beautifying functions. This soup is also remarkably easy and inexpensive to make.
This is a delicious and nourishing soup to have when the weather is dry and cold. I like to drink this soup in the autumn and late winter seasons as a tonic for the body. It is very easy to make, and needs no additional salt, sugar, or other seasonings. Hence, this delicious soup is very [Read More...]