Tong sui

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Tong sui
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Type Soup or custard
Course Dessert
Place of origin China
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Tong sui
Chinese 糖水
Literal meaning sugar water
Tian tang
Chinese 甜湯
Literal meaning sweet soup
Black sesame soup
Mung bean soup with extra kelp

Tong sui literally translated as "sugar water", also known as tim tong, is a collective term for any sweet, warm soup or custard served as a dessert at the end of a meal in Cantonese cuisine.[1] Tong sui are a Cantonese specialty and are rarely found in other regional cuisines of China. Outside of Cantonese-speaking communities, soupy desserts generally are not recognized as a distinct category, and the term tong sui is not used.

In Hong Kong and Malaysia, there is a huge variety of tong sui, so huge to an extent that have led to stores specialised in selling these desserts. These dessert stalls have also gained prominence in overseas Chinese communities, and are found in various parts of Canada, Australia and the United States.

Common varieties

English name Chinese name Description
Black sesame soup 芝麻糊; zi1 maa4 wu4*2 Ground black sesame seeds are traditionally cooked with water and rock sugar. Chinese herbs are sometimes added to enhance the flavour and aroma. The instant black sesame powder sold in Asian supermarkets is usually sweetened. It requires the addition of hot water and mixing in the serving bowl, after which it should be left for 15 minutes before serving.
Doufuhua 豆花; dòuhuā or 豆腐花; dau6 fu6 faa1 Tofu pudding, with sweet syrup served in a separate bowl
Egg tong sui 鸡蛋糖水; 雞蛋糖水; gai1 daan2 tong4 seoi2 popular in Hong Kong and southern China
Got fan soup 葛粉汤; 葛粉湯; got3 fan2 tong1 kudzu soup
Guilinggao 龟苓膏; 龜苓膏; gwai1 ling4 gou1 made from three-lined box turtle
Hasma 雪蛤; syut3 gaap3 A dessert made of dried fallopian tubes of the frog with supposed health benefits.
Red bean soup,
Red bean paste
红豆汤; 紅豆湯; hóngdòu tāng or 红豆沙; 紅豆沙; hung4 dau2 saa1 Cooked and served exactly like mung bean soup & paste. Red bean soup is normally pre-boiled to soften the skin by leaving in hot water for one hour. Then cook in water for 20–30 minutes until the beans rupture. The adding of sugar or rock sugar is lastly added to cook for another 20–30 minutes until the bean texture becomes sandy. As for red bean paste, the skin is removed before cooking. Chinese herbs may be added to enhance the flavour and taste.
Sai mai lo or Sago 西米露; sai1 mai5 lou6 A dessert soup of pearl tapioca, coconut and evaporated milk
Mung bean soup 绿豆汤; 綠豆湯; lǜdòu tāng or 绿豆沙; 綠豆沙; luk6 dau6 saa1 Made from mung beans and cooked exactly like red bean soup/paste, sometimes also served with seaweed
Six flavors soup 六味汤; 六味湯; liùwèi tāng A sweet curative soup made for hot summer, one of many "numbered" medicinal soups
Peanut paste soup 花生糊; huāshēng hú Like black sesame paste, peanut paste is a ground peanut powder cooked with syrup and water. Instant peanut paste powder sold in Asian supermarket are usually sweetened roasted peanut powder or flour, that only required to be served with hot water.
Steamed egg custard 炖蛋; 燉蛋; dan6 daan2
Steamed milk custard 炖奶; 燉奶; dan6 naai5
Sweet potato soup 番薯糖水; faan1 syu4 tong4 seoi2 Peeled sweet potato, normally cut into smaller pieces cooked/ boiled with syrup and water.
Sweet almond soup 杏仁糊; hang6 jan4 wu4 Ground almond powder that cooked with sugar and water. Instant almond powder sold in Asian supermarket are usually sweetened raw almond flour or powder, requires minimal cooking with boiling water or to be served after mixing with hot water for 15 minutes.
Sweet walnut soup 核桃糊; hat6 tou4 wu4 or 合桃糊; hap6 tou4 wu4 Ground walnut powder that cooked with sugar and water, sometimes milk. Similar to Sweet almond soup, instant walnut powder is sold in Asian supermarket as well.

See also


  1. ^ So Good Blog. "Hong Kong: the Sugar Land of Sweet Soup (Tong Sui)." Wenna Pang. Retrieved 2017-06-07.

External links

  • Recipe for sweet potato soup
  • Various Tong Sui photos on Flickr
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