Prep 30 mins
Cook 2 hrs 30 mins
I learned how to do this from some of the girls I lived with for about a year.
- 1 cup azuki beans
- 6 cups water
- 1⁄2-1 cup sugar crystals (depending on taste)
- 2 pinches salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3⁄4 cup glutinous-rice flour
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- Soak azuki beans overnight.
- Boil azuki beans in large pot for 5 minutes. Drain and rinse and put back in pot.
- Add the 6 cups of water and the salt to azuki beans and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 hours or until beans are soft, occasionally skimming the scum on the top. (This scum can make it bitter so try to remove as much as possible.
- While the beans are cooking, prepare the mochi.
- Put the glutinous rice flour and granulated sugar in a bowl, add water slowly to flour and knead it. Add water until the dough is soft, but still holds its shape.
- Form the dough into ping pong sized balls.
- Boil water in another pot and put dough balls into the boiling water and reduce to gentle boil. Mochi is done when it floats to the top. Set aside the mochi until the soup is ready.
- After the beans are soft, add the vanilla and crystallised sugar according to your taste. Cook for another 15 minutes or until the sugar is dissolved, and the beans are flavoured.
- Put the mochi in a bowl and cover with the bean soup.
I remember eating this soup/dessert at the home of an Asian friend when I was a kid. I loved this stuff. Traditionally, it's not as sweet as most Americans would like their desserts to be; maybe lightly sweet more like an American breakfast. I tried this recipe a few times after finding it here on Zaar. I would recommend using half the vanilla. Glutinous rice flour is also sold as "sweet rice flour." Do not use standard rice flour--the mochi balls will be hard and will take forever to cook. I love this soup. Unfortunately, my crazy kids can't stand it.
This was lovely. I couldn't find glutinous rice flour, so I used brown rice flour. I have no idea if this turned out the way it was supposed to, but what we ended up with was really good and very different for us. I had to add at least double the amount of water to the beans, as the water kept cooking down. We really enjoyed this tasty dish, thanks for posting!