Recipe Courtesy of Cooking.com.
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, are added to 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
- 1 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.