Dessert is served not as often in Chinese cuisine as in Western cuisine. They're usually not as sweet, rather, they're more likely to be light additions to end a meal. Many employ the red bean or the green bean, one, the iced red bean tea, is extremely popular all over China, both as a dessert or just a drink. Anyways, red bean pudding is just like a cake, and it tastes pretty good. Look in Chinatown if you want red beans.


  1. Cook the beans until they are soft (about 1.5 hours). Drain them.
  2. Mix flour, sugar, and water, to smooth the batter. Add the oil and the beans. Mix well.
  3. Grease a thin, large pan (about 1-2 inches thick). Pour the batter onto the pan, cover top with waxed paper. Steam for 1 hour. The water should be boiling before the pan is put into the steam.
  4. Let it cool before removing onto a dish.
  5. Slice them into chunks. Steam them some more before serving, or better yet, brown them on both sides on an oiled skillet. The result would be a slightly crunchy surface and a flavorful interior. I like that better.

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