Feb 11

Green Bean Dessert Soup (綠豆沙)

Welcome to Foodie Friday! I’m linking up with Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, Esther from Chocolate Runner Girl + Jess from Hello To Fit to create awesome healthy recipes each week! Since February is also National Heart Healthy Month, this week’s theme = Heart Healthy, so I my dad made Green Bean Dessert Soup (綠豆沙)!

Just gonna to share a little jingle with you that I’m sure you’re all at least somewhat familiar with…

Beans, beans, good for your heart,
Beans, beans, make you…

heh. 😀 I’m just a really big kid.

So one of the reasons why I haven’t cooked in a million moons (other than my current schedule of death)…is the fact that I cannot, for the life of me, find where anything is. We reuse everything to the max at home, which I personally think is a wonderful practice, but with spice containers, I need labels (because that garlic salt was most definitely not garlic salt :'( ).

I also didn’t even know we owned a pressure cooker. ._.

But anyway, I haven’t made a dessert soup since the Sweet Potato Dessert Soup one of our wayyyyy, way back in the day, so what better time to change that up than now, especially since Monday was Chinese New Year!


The green beans (also known as mung beans) are a great source of protein + dietary fiber, and low in fat, calories, and sodium. They’re also a good source of thiamine (vit B1), folate (vit B9), iron, magnesium, manganese, phosophorus, potassium, and zinc!

Plus, if you make a bunch and have a lot left over, you can pour it into a popsicle mold to make green bean popsicles! :] Win-win!

Green Bean Dessert Soup (綠豆沙)

Green Bean Dessert Soup


  • 1 package (12 oz.) mung beans
  • 2 2.3 oz. pieces of cane sugar
  • ~6 cups water
  • 2 dried tangerine peels*
  • lotus seeds (optional)


  1. Add all ingredients into a pressure cooker, and then pour in enough water to cover 4x the “height” of the mung beans (1:4 mung bean:water ratio!). Boil until you start hearing funny noises hissing sounds, and then keep it going for another 15 minutes.
  2. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, just add all ingredients to a pot and heat til boiling, then let simmer for 2 hours!
  3. Serve hot or cold!

*In our household, we always have a bunch of super-dried up tangerine peels hanging out in our kitchen. The ones used in this recipe had been dried out for about half a year. Make sure they’re really actually good and dry, because mold is not fun. If you don’t have dried tangerine peels, you can use a fresh orange peel, or even just throw in a whole orange!


End-of-Week-ish Recap!

  • Just in case you missed this month’s Ultimate Coffee Date, catch up on life with me there!
  • Curious about how I’m making my match list for residency? Check out my post on how I’m choosing my residency! ;]
  • Check out my recipe for Curry Popcorn (yay for #FoodBloggerLove!), and enter the giveaway for a Kindle Fire!!!

  • Have you ever had mung beans? I did a science experiment with them in 7th grade where I told nice things to one group, nothing to the control group, and terrible things to a third group. The positive group grew really well–9/10 of them were super dark green and leafy and pretty. The control group was fine (7/10 grew), and…only one of the “negative” group ones grew. It shriveled up and died though. Your words are important, m’friends. Choose them wisely, and try to be more positive than negative–to yourself and to others!
  • How well do you function when cooking in a kitchen that’s not yours?

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  1. Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs

    Ooh, dessert soup. I know my husband will love it. And I love the popsicle idea
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    1. Farrah

      I like getting several uses out of the same recipe! 😛

  2. GiGi Eats

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    1. Farrah

      hehehe, Asian desserts are filled with all sorts of non-U.S.-traditional things! 😛

  3. Courtney

    I don’t think I’ve ever eaten anything like this! I can’t wait to try it out.

    1. Farrah

      I hope you like it! :D!

  4. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    You always have the most fun ideas!!! I have mung beans so….I need to make dessert soup!
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    1. Farrah

      Hoorays for dessert soup! 😀

  5. Kaila@HealthyHelperBlog

    This is perhaps the most creative recipe I have EVER SEEN. Or heard of!! I don’t discriminate when it comes to food though! I am up for trying anything. And you know I bake with veggies all the time so I have no problem with adding some sweetness to them! Love that this is high protein too.

    1. Farrah

      Yay! 😀 I’m all about high-protein desserts (or recipes in general, hehe) too! :] Let me know what you think if you get a chance to try it out! 😀

  6. Annmarie

    I have never heard of green bean dessert soup but it does sound really yummy! I love green beans!
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    1. Farrah

      Yay! 😀 It’s a common filling in Asian desserts, and I realized I’d never shared it on here, so I had to change that! 😛

  7. Trish

    This looks and sounds very healthy! I do agree that it is a very creative recipe. As always, I love your great food photos and step by step cooking directions.
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks so much, Trish! <3

  8. Sarah

    Interesting on so many levels! I don’t think I’ve ever had a green bean soup or a dessert soup. I think you just opened up a whole new level of soup!
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    1. Farrah

      hehehe, I think dessert soup is a Hong Kong thing (I definitely could be wrong, but I haven’t heard of it in any other cuisine). :D!

  9. masala girl

    mung bean and red bean desserts are literally some of my favorites! they are especially good with rich yogurt or fro yo! i really hate not using my kitchen at home 🙁 and cannot wait until i get my own appartment! i moved into a dorm where we have a kitchen, but i moved in midsemester, so my roommates are already all set up, and i have to squeeze in between their stuff.. there is room, but not much, and it is MESSY. which i HATE in kitchens! 🙁
    and that mung bean experiment is AWESOME haha
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    1. Farrah

      Yes indeed! 😀 I can’t wait til I have my own space again! It’s really hard to settle in to a new kitchen that’s already been “settled” by others, haha. :[ I hope you get to clear some space in there for your own things soon!!

      I felt so bad for that negative group! :[!

  10. Liz

    I’m all in favor of healthy desserts. But I’ll wait till after Valentine’s Day 😉 Fun recipe!
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    1. Farrah

      hehehe, I hope you had an awesome Valentine’s Day filled with delicious desserts! :]

  11. Diane

    The soup looks like it would be delicious and healthy as a nice hot soup. Not sure about the popsicle though. That’d be a tough one to sell to the kids! Thanks for sharing your creative recipes. Have a great weekend!
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    1. Farrah

      haha, it might be hard to sell it to em’ if they didn’t grow up with desserts like these! 😛

      I hope you had an awesome weekend as well!

  12. Harriet Emily

    This is such a cool recipe!!! I’ve never tried a dessert soup before – it sounds so yummy! I just found out that for the next section of my yoga teacher training I have to go on a 40 day mung bean and rice diet, so I’ll definitely be trying this then!!! <3
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    1. Farrah

      Ooo, awesome! Let me know how you like it, and good luck with your training! :]!

  13. Heather@hungryforbalance

    I can honestly say that I’ve never had a dessert soup before! Actually I’ve never had mung beans before! I guess I’m failing at being an adventurous water- ha!
    I think I should make this soup and change that!
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    1. Farrah

      haha, I thought I’d never had mung beans before until I realized that I just didn’t know what the english name for em’ was. Let me know how it is if you get a chance to try it out! :]!

  14. Mary Beth Jackson

    I would have never thought green beans and dessert go together and Never Ever have I had a mung bean! learn something new everyday! Thanks for sharing!
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    1. Farrah

      hehe, I grew up with lots of desserts with red bean or green bean fillings, so I figured I should share em’, since I apparently haven’t before! :O

  15. Jess @hellotofit

    Ray used to think it was so weird to have beans for dessert 🙂 i bet this tastes awesome!! I love the bean desserts that have sticky rice and coconut milk.
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    1. Farrah

      hahaha, I’m glad he’s since seen the light! ;P I lovelovelove mango with sticky rice–it’s one of my favorite desserts ever!

  16. Kristy @Runaway Bridal Planner

    Oh yum! If I had the ingredients I’d so be making this for dinner!
    Pinned it for another time though, thanks!!!
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    1. Farrah

      If we hadn’t just run out, I’d send some to you! 😛 Hope you get to make it sometime! <3

  17. Rachel @ RachelMcMichael.com

    Green beans for dessert?! I didn’t know that was a thing. But this recipe sounds DELICIOUS!!!! I must try it soon!
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    1. Farrah

      hehe, it’s a common filling in Asian desserts! 😀 I hope you like it if you get a chance to try it out! :]

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