Monday, July 13, 2009

Green Bean (Mung Bean) Dessert

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This recipe is for a traditional Green Bean Dessert. The ingredient list is very short, and the ease of this recipe makes it a must try for all my readers.  There are two important points about this recipe. The first is that the recipe as you'll see later calls for sticks of brown sugar. It's extremely important that the specific type of sugar is used because the either granulated sugar and rock sugar will result a very different taste. The second point is that the boiling time is roughly an hour and a half, meaning that you'll need to plan ahead to ensure that you have enough cooking time allotted.
To make Green Bean Dessert, you'll need:
  • One package (approximately 300g) of Green Beans
  • Three sticks of Brown Sugar
  • Roughly 4L of water
To make the Green Bean Dessert:
  1. The night before you plan on making it, open the package of green beans and soak in a large bowl of water.
  2. The next morning, pour the beans into a large pot and add about 4L of water.  Put in the sugar at this point as well.
  3. Boil the water on high heat until it boils, then turn down the heat to medium. Do not cover the pot and continue to let the water boil for nearly an hour and a half, stirring intermittently. The water level will drop, concentrating the flavour of the green beans. in the photo below, you can clearly see that the water level has dropped about an inch from where it was earlier.
  4. The Green Bean Dessert can be considered nearly finished when the water has a homogenous colour.
  5. At this point, add three sticks of the brown sugar into the pot. Stir around intermittently to facilitate the melting of the sugar.
  6. Turn off the heat once the sugar has all been melted, and serve warm, or allow to sit and cool.

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