- 2 ¼ cups short grain sticky rice - Chinese or Japanese
- 1 tsp peanut oil – plus additional for greasing
- 3 ½ cups cold water
- ½ cups Chinese rock sugar pieces
- 1/3 cup dried, pitted Chinese jujubes – cut lengthwise into ¼ inch strips
- 1/3 cup pitted prunes – quartered
- 1/3 cup large dried apricots – cut into ¼ inch strips
- 3 tbsp dried sour cherries
- 1 tbsp diced candied orange peel
- 8 walnut halves
- 8 tsp canned sweet red beans
Eight-Treasure pudding is an Indo-Chinese specialty. Unlike what most western countries expect from a pudding, this dessert is more chewy than creamy, and holds some wonderful surprises. While most traditional Chinese recipes can be too sweet, this recipe is more balanced to round out a delicious meal.
How to make Eight Treasure Pudding
This tasty treat is worth the time and effort it takes to make. And if you’re lucky, you might just have enough left over to take to work tomorrow in your Vaya Tyffyn lunch box!
There are a number of interesting legends behind the creation of this traditional Chinese dessert, named after the eight types of dried fruit and nuts that give it both its unique flavor and name. One legend states that the eight fruits stand for eight warriors that helped save China from the despotic ruler, Zhou, in 1600 BC.