Cravings For Tong Sui – Chinese Sweet Soup Desserts That Can Also Be Healthy

Tong Sui and snacks at KTZ

Popular Tong Sui and snacks at KTZ in SS2


Hi there, dear friends 😀

Last night, my husband and I suddenly had some strong cravings for “Tong Sui” after dinner  and so, we quickly drove to KTZ  in SS2, Petaling Jaya to get some satisfaction! LOL!

Tong Sui is literally called  “Sugar Water” in the Chinese/Cantonese dialect , but it actually means desserts in sweet soups, and there are many types of Tong Sui.

In the picture above, from top left, are :-

* Black Glutinous Rice Tong Sui (with some coconut milk added to make it richer)

* Shanghai Pancake or “Wor Paeng” with lotus paste filling – this is a very typical and popular sweet snack pairing with  Tong Sui, and is often served as dessert at wedding dinners

* Smooth Peanut Tong Sui

* Red/Adzuki Bean Tong Sui

* Savoury Pancake called “Ham Jeen Paeng”


In all the yummy bowls of Tong Sui above, we had a few glutinous rice balls with black sesame fillings added.

Tong Yuen with black sesame paste filling

Gooey Tong Yuen balls with black sesame paste filling

Other than indulging in sweet Tong Sui as desserts and to satisfy our sweet cravings, the sweet soups also have various health benefits.

For example, the red bean or adzuki bean soup is a good source of fibre and protein, and can help to stabilise cholesterol, and good for our red blood cells. Black sesame is very good for those who have graying hair. 

Homemade Red Bean Tong Sui

Homemade Red Bean Tong Sui


The Pumpkin Barley Tong Sui below has all the goodness contained in pumpkins, barley and pandan leaves.

A bowl of hot pumpkin barley sweet soup

A bowl of hot pumpkin barley sweet soup I made last week


 Green or Mung Beans Tong Sui is very good for detoxifying the body and for countering heatiness. Heatiness is characterized by a dry mouth, sore throats, mouth ulcers, headaches, etc. 

Green or Mung Bean Tong Sui

Green or Mung Bean Tong Sui

Pretty Tong Yuen (glutinous rice balls)

Pretty Tong Yuen (glutinous rice balls) I made for Winter Solstice festival 

It is good to make a pot of delicious Tong Sui regularly for your family, because some types of  Tong Sui can help to moisten our lungs and body, as per Traditional Chinese Medicine practice. In addition to being enjoyable desserts, Tong Sui is also very beneficial to our health…as long as we don’t indulge too much in them! LOL! 

The Tong Sui can be also refrigerated and drank cold –  good for those hot, sunny days! 

With best wishes,

choesf 😀 


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