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Red Bean and Barley Sweet Soup

I love red bean tong sui and barley tong sui by themselves, separately, until one day it hits me that maybe I should try combining the two and see if I like the result. And the verdict, I Love It! This tong sui (sweet soup) is so yummy I wonder why it takes eons before I try cooking them together. If you are a fan of just either one, I still highly recommend giving this tong sui recipe a try. Trust me, it’s good! ♥

Red Bean and Barley Sweet Soup
Red Bean and Barley Sweet Soup

Red Bean and Barley Sweet Soup

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 2 hours

Serves: 8

Print Recipe


  • 250 gram red bean
  • 100 gram barley
  • 50 gram candied winter melon
  • 1/2 tangerine peel
  • 8 cups water
  • 100 gram sugar


  1. Place red bean and 6 cups of water in a pot and bring to a boil. Let it boil for 5 minutes, then cover, and let the red bean soak in boiling water for 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, wash and drain the barley until the water is clear. Let it soak in cold water.
  3. Drain the red bean and refresh with cold water.
  4. Return the drain red bean to a clean pot, drain barley and add to the pot, add candied winter melon, tangerine peel, and the 8 cups of water. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the red bean has softened.
  5. Add sugar and stir until all the sugar has dissolved. Turn off heat, serve hot, at room temperature, or chilled. ♥
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  • Ling Ling says:

    Hi, Anita.. instead red bean, can we substitute green beans. Thanks a lot

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Ling, I am sure you can :)

      • Ling Ling says:

        Thanks for a super quick reply, really appreciate that. And I love your website so much.... And I always recommended my friend about your website too.

        • Anita Anita says:

          You are welcome :) And thank you so much for sharing my website to your friends <span class="dashicons dashicons-heart"></span>

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