Sunday, July 11, 2010

Chinese Sweet Soup (糖水)...

"Tong sui (糖水), also known as tim tong (甜湯), is a collective term for any sweet, warm soup or custard served as a dessert at the end of a meal in Cantonese cuisine. Tong sui are a Cantonese specialty and are rarely found in other regional cuisines of China. Outside of Cantonese-speaking communities, soupy desserts generally are not recognized as a distinct category, and the term tong sui is not used." excerpt from

Nowadays, there are so many selections to choose from. Really, its just too many... If you have the opportunity to visit us in Malaysia, be sure not to miss this delectable goodness! Be adventurous and explore! If there is a demand, i can consider to organise a foodie trip...:)

The tong sui can be categorized by few common varieties.

1. Thick paste type (Peanut Paste 花生糊, best served warm)
2. Clear (almost consome-like) type (Sweet Potato Soup 番薯糖水)
3. Jelly or pudding type (Tau Fu Far 豆腐花)
4. Custardy type (Steamed Egg Custard 燉蛋)
5. Shaved ice type (Sai Mai Lo 西米露)

The photos featured in this post is considered the Clear type. Nothing heavy, just clear sweet broth, slow boiled with Chinese nuts & seeds and dried longan.
The Westerners might mistaken this as Consome, well, almost...

The weather was excruciatingly hot, I decided to quench my thirst and bought this from a mobile cart that sells glorious tong suis', with wide selection of ingredients to choose from.

He basically sells the basic clear broth, then its your choice to select the ingredients.

You may choose from par-boiled Chinese nuts & seeds (which contains medicinal properties), pre-cooked dried fruits (longan, orange peel), colorful cubed & striped jellies, sagos, barleys, par-boiled cubed yams, sweet potatoes, and so much more.

The sun light was great for photo capturing. Since i have an hour lunch break, i might as well take advantage of the bright sunlight; the photos turned out fabulously! And i loved it.
What do you think?
Photos were taken using point & shoot camera by Canon.
Thank you for dropping by.
Have a great week!

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