Grass Jelly A Cooling Dessert
Grass Jelly is an Asian dessert in a black cube made from a plant called Platostoma palustre. The grass jelly is made from liquid form. It is a jelly with a bitter flavor. This dessert is eaten chilled. You can add fruits and other items to the dessert to make it fun.
History of the Grass Jelly
The grass jelly originated in China, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, and Taiwan. This dessert cools the body temperature great for the summer.
Nutritional Value of Grass Jelly
The jelly has great dietary fiber; it acts as an energy booster. This has vitamin and mineral fantastic to fight against cancer. The jelly is thirst quenching.
Grass Jelly Plant
How can you tell grass jelly is fresh? Grass jelly has a smoky undertone. The plant is in the mint family a perennial herb. The grass is dried and boiled for 8 hours. After the plant is done boiling, the liquid becomes a black liquid like a black tea. Add starch, the jelly turns into a jelly to a solid form. After the starch dissolves, the jelly becomes chewy.
Benefits of the Grass Jelly
- Helps the digestive system to work properly
- soothe throat
- helps with condition that cause diarrhea
- improve blood pressure condition
- improve constipation
- help with bloating
How to Prepare The Dessert
This dessert is eaten with sugar syrup and evaporated milk. You can add various fruits like mango, cantaloupe, or berries. Or, you can have the grass jelly in a beverage.
The Grass Jelly is a wonderful dessert to have in the summer time.
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Why do we have Red Bean Dessert?
What is red bean dessert good for? It is perfect to have it cold in the summertime and hot in the winter time. You can add various ingredients to the red bean dessert too, however, the way you like the dessert. Chinese have this dessert regularly and it is very nutritious, good for your health.
This red bean dessert is rich in vitamin B and E. It contains minerals such as magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, and manganese.
This dessert helps to remove any coldness from the body. The coldness is due to partaking cold food regularly. There are times your body cannot tolerate a large amount of cold food, therefore, your body does not react well. Then, you would need to eat something to balance out your body. Red bean helps with constipation.
Red Bean Variations
You can add red bean with either date, lotus seed, and sago, or coconut mill and logan.
History of Red Bean
Where does the red bean come from? They are a seed from a flowering plant called legumes. The bean comes from pods. It is very important to cook the bean before eating. This is the safest way. And the bean would be too hard to chew without any cooking.
Red Bean Dessert Recipe
1 cup red adzuki bean 1/2 cup sugar ( or rock sugar)
1 1/2 tbsp. tapioca pearl 6 cup water
- Soak red bean overnight.
- Fill a pot with water. Once boiled, add red bean. Turn down the heat. Allow it to simmer for one hour. Stir regularly.
- Add the sugar. When the sugar dissolves, add tapioca pearl. Cook for 15-20 minutes. Stir constantly.
- After the tapioca become translucent. If the dessert too thick, do add more water. Let it cook until desired thickness.
Red bean dessert is fantastic for everyday dessert. This dessert is great for an upset stomach. This dessert is not too sweet and is versatile; it has many benefits for the body.
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Bean Curd Dessert
Bean curd dessert is popular Asian. It is fantastic for the fall or winter time. If you find your throat being dry, this is great to soothe your throat. Bean curd skin has another name known as aka yuba or tofu skin. This is good for cooler or drier weather. It has moisturizing properties. Bean curd dessert is popular with Chinese. A light dessert. If you prefer soy drink or tofu you will enjoy this dessert.
Timed1/2 hour – 1 hour
100g dried bean curd skin
8 cups of water
100g sugar (or you can choose rock sugar)
2 eggs (beaten)
- Soak the bean curd skin to soften in water for 5-10 minutes.
- Fill a pot with water. Allow boiling. Add in the dried bean curd.
- Turn down the heat. Cook the bean curd for 30 minutes. Stir regularly.
- Add sugar. Let it simmer for 3 minutes.
- Pour the beaten eggs into the dessert. Sir.
- Allow the dessert to cook for 5-10 minutes.
- Turn off the heat.
- Allow the dessert to cool.
A Benefit of the ingredient
Gingko nut – used often in Chinese dishes. It can be used in dessert or in an entrée dish. Gingko is used to treat a chronic cough, insomnia, issue with concentration, restlessness, and irritability.
Gingko nuts and Job’s tears
You can add these two ingredients. If you decide to add these items to the dessert, do add them before the dried bean curd. Allow the gingko nuts and job’s tears to cook for 30 minutes.
Balance the Body
If you decide to add barley, it acts as a cooling agent for the body. It helps to balance the body from the bbq food, late nights and fried food the body is not taking well to.
You can do a lot with dessert. It can be eaten either hot or cold. You can add gingko nut or barley. This dessert is versatile and healthy for the body to help balance the body and a tasty treat.
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