Barley drink is something I grew up with on this sunny island, and it was…
Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more info.
Green bean soup is a type of Chinese dessert (Tong Sui / 糖水). I love this simple dessert since I was a child, and I am so glad that it’s really easy to cook this!
This dessert is usually prepared when the weather is hot here in Singapore, as it is said to be “cooling” and able to “dispel heatiness” in our bodies. I remembered there was a year when the haze was really bad, and the green beans were wiped out on the grocery shelves!
This dessert can be taken hot or chilled – I particularly love eating this chilled on a hot day!
若想阅读中文版本，请在网页的右边 “Google Translate” 点击选择 中文简体 (Chinese Simplified）或 繁体 (Chinese Traditional) 翻译。可能食谱读起来会怪怪的，所以如果有疑问都可以问哦！
>> MORE DESSERT RECIPES:
How To Cook This?
You can start by soaking the green beans overnight, or for at least 2-4 hours. The green bean soup can be cooked over the stove, in a pot, together with some pandan leaves and rock sugar.
There are 2 types of green bean soup – the clearer soup type vs the thicker one. I love boiling the thicker soup, where the beans are really, really soft.
However, to save time from watching the stove, I usually prefer to cook this in a thermal pot. I would boil it on the stove for about 30 mins, before taking it off the stove, and placed into the outer pot. The heat inside the thermal pot will continue to “cook” and soften the beans. I would usually check the pot after 2h. If the soup is too thick, you can add some hot water and adjust accordingly.
If you prefer a clearer soup, simply boil the soup, and then simmer for about 1 hour, before taking the pot off the heat.
You can also add some boiled sago, instead of sweet potatoes, to add texture to the soup!
Is This Sweet?
The green bean soup is usually cooked with rock sugar (冰糖), and with sweet potatoes or sago pearls. I have used Gula Melaka here because my husband loves the taste of this coconut sugar. I find that it also gives a deeper flavor to this classic dessert soup.
If you would like to use Gula Melaka, simply boil the syrup separately and add before serving. I usually do this to sieve out impurities in the sugar. You can also add the Gula Melaka directly into the soup if you like.
I have also tried adding honey to green bean soup for my children, and I quite like the taste too! So you can try out the different sweeteners, and see which one you prefer most!