Saturday 4 June 2011

[Dessert] Cheng Teng - 八宝清汤

Cheng Teng(清汤) is a common sweet dessert that can be made at home or purchased at any local dessert stalls. And depending on individual’s preference you can either have this dessert hot or cold. The ingredients of this dessert various from different stalls but the common ones are dried longan, barley, gingko nuts, lotus seeds and Pang Da Hai(胖大海) which is believed to be able to get rid of humidity and “heat” of the body.

Actually there is no specify ingredients to cook Cheng Teng, you can add or minus ingredients that you like/dislike depending on your preference. Here I have missed out some Agar Agar strips and Pearl Sago which I do not have in my pantry.

Ingredients: (serves 4)
50g Pearl Barley (薏米)
50g White Fungus (白木耳)
20g Lotus Seeds (莲子)
50g Dried Longan (桂圆肉)
80g Vacuum Packet Gingko Nuts (白果)
6 Red Dates (红枣)
4 - 5 Seeds of Pang Da Hai(胖大海)
2 Pieces Dried Persimmon (柿饼), cut into thin slices
Cane Sugar To Taste
2 Knots of Pandan Leaves(香兰叶)
1.8 Litres of Water

1. Soak white fungus and dried lotus seeds separately in warm water for about 10 minutes till soften, trim into small clusters and discard the stem portion. Set aside.

2. Remove the green pith from the center of the lotus seeds to prevent bitter taste when cook.

3. Rinse the pearl barley for 2 to 3 rounds, set aside and bring 1.8 litres of water to boil in a medium pot.

4. When the water comes to boil, add in pearl barley and white fungus and continue to simmer over medium low heat for about 15 minutes.

5. While waiting for the barley mixture, soak pang da hai in warm water until the seeds split open, remove the outer shells and discard the water. Set aside.

6. Next add in lotus seeds, dried longan, red dates and gingko nuts together with pandan leaves and cooked for another 20 minutes or till ingredients soften.

7. Lastly add in cane sugar to taste, turn off the heat discard pandan leaves and add in prepared pang da hai and dried persimmon.

8. Serve either warm or cold.

Have you tried cooking Cheng Teng at home before? If you do perhaps you can share with us what's your method and the must have ingredients to make this sweet dessert.


  1. Your Cheng Teng is loaded with ingredients! So good! If you sell this, cannot make money. ;p

  2. I`ve tried this recipe today, in the morning, and i want to say that it is delicous. i like it more if it is cold, anyway thanks a lot for sharing this recipe with us, it is great.

  3. dwayne jacobs7/6/11 8:21 pm

    Hello Ellena, just dropping by to say hello and man i love this bowl of cheng teng in the picture! Looks so rich and full of "treasures"! haha, anyway, put aside from cooking, got the 1 cent GSS (ipad 2 today) which u can take a break from cooking and participate! good luck :) for your convenience.

  4. lolz Nami, this is one of the most popular dessert in Singapore. Must try~!!!

  5. I really like Chinese dessert soup.  Not only it's sweet, but it looks HEALTHY!  By looking at the ingredents (only), I won't think this is for dessert.  That's how cool it is.  I don't have to feel guilty about having a second bowl... MUAHHAHAA.

  6. the more "liew" the better for me hahaha as I am very greedy when comes to dessert :p

  7. Parsley, indeed this is one of our popular Asian dessert. If one day you are to visit Singapore. I will bring you go try them out :)

  8. Wow, one bowl full of goodness in there. So much 'liew' My mom used to cook this type of sweet soup but I am not a fan of it as I am one lazy eater. I don't like to chew too much but I like to drink the soup though. By the way, I like the bowls. Reminds me of my grandma as she used to serve us rice with that bowl :)

  9. Madhu Tiwari7/6/11 8:22 pm

    Thanks for sharing it. I will try it. :)

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  10. Parsley Sage7/6/11 8:22 pm

    Very cool that its a dessert.  I see fungus and I think 'not dessert.' :)  I bet its great though!

  11. wahlou, ur cheng teng very rocks lah, the ingredients so much until i cannot see any soup! LOL

  12. Jessica Ang20/8/13 11:18 am

    Hi Ellena, where u bought the pang da hai 胖大海 from ?? thanks

    1. Hi Jessica,

      You can easily get pang da hai 胖大海 from Chinese Medical Hall or supermarkets under dried food section. HTH :)

  13. Jessica Ang20/8/13 2:09 pm

    Hi Elllena,
    Thanks.. I will make this cooling dessert on weekends. :)


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