A Sweet Gift
Cherrie and Sterling thoughtfully gifted me some Chinese desserts from a local chain called “Tong. Sui” aka “糖水”. This translates literally into “sugar water”, which is kinda on point, since there is a good deal of sugar and water.
An alternate name/phrase would be “Tian Tong” aka “甜湯” or “Sweet Soup”. Which is also quite apt as there are both hot and cold soups which are nice and sweet.
My favorite Desserts
Red Bean Soup aka “红豆沙”
A soup made mostly of Red Adzuki Beans, water, and sugar, as a base. Orange flavor from dried peels.
Sweet Tofu In Syrup aka “豆腐花”
Silken tofu served in a hot/warm/cold liquid of sweet syrup, sometimes with a hint of ginger.
Snow Fungus Sugar Soup aka “雪耳糖水”
Snow Fungus…. White Fungus… in a viscous syrup soup. Sometimes seasoned with dates and other items. I prefer sweetened lotus seeds.
I’ve tried making each one and there is definitely a learning curve to them. The beans definitely benefit from soaking. The silken tofu is MUCH better freshly made… and Snow Fungus is… dry and crispy if not soaked and cooked sufficiently
Tong Sui’s Desserts
Rosie Lychee Coconut Pudding 妃子對著椰子笑
I was originally informed that this was a Peach Jelly w/Coconut Pudding, but turned out to be Lychee flavored jelly at the top. Quite tasty and there were several chunks of lychee in the jelly. The coconut pudding was a tad runny, but not bad. A nice gentle coconut flavor. The dessert came in a small glass jar, which I found to enhance the experience of eating the dessert.
Mango Coco Sago w/ Pomelo 芒果西柚金捞
This one was another glass jar. The contents were a nice mango orange. The contents were a loose mango pudding with tiny tapioca pearls the side of rice grains. There were nice hunks of ripe mango in the pudding. I’m not sure if I tasted the pomelo… Definitely more liquid than the coconut pudding. The tiny tapioca were a nice addition to the mango pudding and reminded me of a dish that was served as a dessert in a restraunt from a few years back.
Snow fungus pear soup 冰糖雪梨銀耳羹
So this version has red dates and wolf berries, in addition to the syrup and the snow fungus. There was a slight tang to the flavor because of the wolf berries and a more complex sweetness from the red dates. I found this to be very enjoyable. Made me want to make another batch at home. ^_^