The thoughts of stirring the thick paste to ensure it is cooked thoroughly gives me the shudder. I am defnitely not going to be standing by the stove for hours. Doubt I am in the mood for such laborious work for now.
Besides the usual tong shui that we see often, 莲子爽 surprisingly is not easily available. For one thing, I am sure it is not the difficulty level in cooking this dessert. My hunch could be the price of lotus seed.
The last time I took this was in Chinatown and it was tooth achingly sweet.
With this gift, I was determining to replicate this dessert that I love. 莲子爽.
This dessert is really nutritional. The seeds are powerful antioxidants and help fight inflammation and aging. It is also a good source of thiamine, phosphorus, potassium and manganese. The health benefits are endless.
Yes, you heard me right, anti aging. Perfect for me as I am hitting my mid life crisis.
Besides de skinning the lotus seed, this is an easy dessert to prepare.
If you buy those with skin, just add a teaspoon of baking powder to a boiling pot of water. Add in the lotus seed and brings to a boil. Remove water and add another pot of fresh water and bring to boil. I was told that this way, it is easier to de skinned.
Now you understand nothing beats homemade, because it can be customised to your liking.
Care to join me for a bowl?
What you need:
yield 2 bowls
150g fresh lotus seed (with inner stem removed)
4 tbsp sugar
1 cup water
1.5 tsp potato starch + 2 tbsp water
Steam lotus seed for approx 30 - 45 mins till cooked.
In a pot, add in sugar and caramelised till golden brown.
Slowly add in the water (be careful of splattering). Stir till caramelised sugar is melted and give a golden hue syrup water.
Add in potato starch solution, keep stirring as you add.
Immediately add in lotus seed and bring to a boil. Stirring constantly.
Note: If you are using lotus seed with skin, add a tsp of baking powder to the lotus seed with water and bring to a brisk boil. Remove water and replenish with a fresh pot of water. Bring to a boil and slowly simmer till seeds is cooked.