Wednesday 1 April 2015

Homemade Tau Suan (Mung Bean Dessert) - caramelised method 自制豆爽-焦糖法(中英食谱)

Tau Suan (mung bean dessert) has always been my favourite hot dessert since young. My childhood and teenage years were spent in Orchard road area where I used to stay. I recalled following my maternal grandmother to the Cuppage food market where she would do her marketing and there after we would head to the food centre above for our breakfast. Knowing that I love to eat Tau Suan, my dear granny never fails to get me a bowl and even buy extra you tiao (dough fritters) for me to eat with. Occasionally, we would travel further to Tiong Bahru to do marketing and there was this particular dessert stall which serves really good Tau Suan as the mung beans used were bigger than usual and the taste was simply fantastic! However, these stalls have long gone but the memory stays in me.....  

豆爽是一种传统热甜品,自小就很爱吃。还记得小时候,住在乌节路一带,年幼的我时常跟着外婆到卡佩芝巴杀去买菜,之后都会到二楼的熟食中心吃早餐。外婆知道我喜欢吃豆爽,时常会买给我吃,还加多油条呢! 我也记得偶尔她会带我到中巴鲁巴杀去,那儿的豆爽我最爱了,因为摊主用的绿豆绊超大粒的,吃起来口感很棒!随着时间的流逝,这些我曾经喜爱的豆爽摊都已不存在了,剩下的只有回忆。。。

Tau Suan (caramelized method) 
豆爽 (焦糖法)
(english adapted and modified from Makansutra and HHB,中文食谱由Baking Taitai翻译))

Ingredients: (serves 4)

250g split mung (green) beans 
3 tablespoons sugar 
(I used organic raw sugar)
50g water chestnut flour 
50ml water

2 bundles of pandan leaves/screw pine leaves (I used 50g)
1.5 litre water
3 tablespoons sugar (I used organic raw sugar)
1 stick of fried dough fritters/you tiao 


250克 绿豆绊
50克 马蹄粉
50毫升 水
2束 香兰叶(我用50克)
1.5公升 水

Method 做法:

1. Soak mung beans for about 5 minutes. Drain and set aside. 


2. Wash pandan leaves and tie into bundles.

3. Place water and pandan leaves in a pot. Leave to simmer for about 10 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, place mung beans in a frying pan. Add 3 tablespoons of sugar and stir fry continuously over low heat till it caramelised (about 8~10 mins).

5. Discard the pandan leaves from the pot of water. Transfer mung beans into the pot of water. Bring it back to boil. Leave to boil for another 5~10 mins. Taste the beans for your preferred texture. You may cook a couple of mins longer if you prefer softer texture. Add in 3 tablespoons of sugar. Stir to dissolve the sugar. 

6. Dissolve the water chestnut flour with 50ml of water. Stir in gradually and continuously to prevent lumps of gluey substance. 

7. Turn off heat and serve with you tiao.  

Tips 小贴士:
1. In order to get a nice consistency, please follow the ingredients amount closely, especially the amount of water, the amount of water chestnut flour.

2. Please use the right type of thickening agent for this recipe. Water Chestnut flour (as seen in my ingredient photo) is highly recommended as it gives the best taste. You can buy it at Phoon Huat (our local baking supply shop), markets or certain supermarkets. If you really can't get it, then you can only replaced it with sweet potato flour. 
2。这食谱一定要用正确的稠化剂如食材照片的马蹄粉才能煮出最好的口感。马蹄粉可在‘奋发’ (本地的烘焙店),菜市场或一些超级市场买到。如果真的买不到,只能用地瓜粉代替。

Using caramelised method, you'll get the extra fragrance and colour and the frying retained the crunch of beans as compared to steaming which yields mushy beans. Best of all, it takes lesser time to cook, you can churn this dessert out in just 30 minutes as compared to steaming which takes more than an hour.

I love my tau suan loaded with lots of you tiao! 

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 The cooking temperature as suggested in all my recipes serve as a guideline. Every oven has different thermostat, you may have to adjust the temperature and timing to suit your oven. Different brand of ingredients have different composites, thus there may be a slight difference in the end result.  食谱里的烘烤温度和时间只是供参考,每一架烤炉的恒温器都不同,请自己调适。不同品牌的材料有不同的复合材料,所以最终成品有可能稍有不同。

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Christine said...

Hi cheryl

May I know how to reheat the tau suan when cold? When I reheat every time and the tau suan turn mushy. Please advise, thanks!

Baking Taitai said...

Hi Christine,

I have not tried reheating the tau suan as it will be consumed finished right after it's cooked. Pehaps you may want to try double boiling to heat it up so that it will not come into contact with direct heat and less chance of getting mushy?