Sweet Red Bean Soup

  • Active Time 10m
  • Total Time 14h 30m
  • Rating ****

Serves 8

The vibrant color of red signifies happiness and luck. For this reason, it is always present at special celebrations such as weddings, birthdays, and most of all the Chinese New Year. This soup is made of red azuki beans, which are small, dried sweet-flavored beans. The dried lotus seeds, with a slight nutty flavor, create a dramatic contrast in color and texture. The soup may be served hot, at room temperature, or chilled.


  • 1 cup dried red azuki beans, soaked 4 hours or overnight, drained
  • 1/4 cup dried lotus seeds, soaked for 12 hours, or overnight, drained
  • 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup sugar


Combine beans and 7 cups water in large pot. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook uncovered until beans are tender and the liquid has reduced by 3 cups, about 2 hours. Add the lotus seeds and cook until almost tender, about 20 minutes longer. Divide soup among 8 soup bowls and serve.

Recipe created exclusively for Cooking.com by Corinne Trang.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 3468

nutrition information per serving

119 calories; 0g total fat; 0mg cholesterol; 3mg sodium; 24g carbohydrates; 4g fiber; 6g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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