Tau Suan – 豆爽

Tau suan is a dessert soup made with split mung (green) beans. Mung beans is believed to aid the body in reducing heatiness (cooling), while this starchy and gooey concoction definitely warms your stomach as well.

Top this up with loads of youtiao (fried dough sticks) and let it soak in the soup for extra texture and aroma. It’s an old school comforting dessert that never fails to bring a smile since these days of childhood! For a more deep colour version use brown / red sugar instead of normal white sugar.

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  • Servings: 2

  • Time: 15 min

  • Skill: Easy


  1. 500g mung beans

  2. 10 pandan leaves

  3. 80g sweet potato starch

  4. 150g sugar (adjust to taste)

  5. 2 litres of water

  6. 1 fried you tiao (cut into croutons like pieces)


  1. Wash and soak 500g mung beans in water for 2 hours

  2. Lay 5 pandan leaves (short strips) on a steaming tray

  3. Drain mung beans and transfer to steaming tray

  4. Add the rest of pandan strips to the mung beans and steam for 10 mins

  5. Mix 80g sweet potato starch with 150ml water

  6. Boil 2 litres of water in a pot

  7. Add 5 pandan leaves to water

  8. Add 150g sugar to water (adjust to taste)

  9. Take mung beans out from steamer and remove the pandan strips

  10. Bring water to boil and add mung beans

  11. Cook for 5mins and while stirring slowly add in sweet potato starch mixture

  12. Bake you tiao in oven to crisp it up slightly, then cut into croutons-like pieces

  13. Serve with lots of you tiao