June 11, 2010

Sweet Soup with Lotus Seeds, Dates, & Longans

This is a specialty dish of the Straits-Born Chinese (Peranakan) to serve on any auspicious event, such as wedding or Chinese New Year. It is served as a dessert to the newly married couple for prosperity and good luck.
½ cup dried longans, rinsed and drained
½ cup dried lotus seeds, rinsed and drained
¼ cup dried red dates, seeds removed
¼ cup light brown sugar (per taste)
1 piece pandan leaf
4 cups water
1. In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add the dried fruits, pandan leaf and sugar and bring to a simmer after a fast boil. Cook until the dried fruits has swell and double in size, but not too soft. Serve warm in individual bowls.
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