New Ways to Eat CNY Pudding

New Ways to Eat CNY Pudding

With Chinese New Year coming soon, food critic and journalist Lisa Cam offers alternative serving suggestions for any uneaten pudding

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Lisa Cam  Lisa Cam  on 3 Feb '21


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Sweet soup surprise

Serves: 1–2

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • prepackaged red bean sweet soup (or make your own following the instructions here)
  • Chinese New Year pudding of your choice

Method:

Microwave:

  1. Cut the pudding into ¾-inch cubes.
  2. Line a microwaveable dish with baking paper.
  3. Heat the cubed pudding, covered, for 5–10 seconds on high.
  4. Reheat the prepackaged sweet soup as per instructions (or make your own).
  5. Add the pudding to the sweet soup and enjoy.

Stove:

  1. Heat or make the sweet soup as per instructions.
  2. Cut the pudding into ¾-inch cubes.
  3. Add the cubes to the simmering sweet soup for at least 5 minutes.

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Lin go French toast

Serves: 2

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes


Ingredients:

  • Chinese New Year pudding of your choice
  • 4 slices dry brioche bread
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • dash of vanilla extract
  • dash of ground nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp (or more to taste) maple syrup

Method:

  1. Beat together the milk, egg, vanilla, nutmeg and salt in a bowl.
  2. Thinly slice the pudding, then cut to match the length of the brioche slices.
  3. Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  4. Dip each slice of brioche into the egg mixture and sandwich the pudding in between two slices of bread.
  5. Cook in the hot butter until golden, 2–3 minutes per side, adding more butter as needed.
  6. Top each slice with 1 tbsp maple syrup.


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Pudding parfait

Serves: 2

Prep time: 10 minutes


Ingredients:

  • 3 slices pineapple (fresh or tinned)
  • Chinese New Year pudding of your choice
  • 500ml coconut ice cream
  • 1 tbsp Okinawa black sugar
  • 1 tsp boiling water

Method:

  1. Add the boiling water to the sugar, mix well and set aside for use later.
  2. Slice and dice the pineapple, leaving a half slice whole to garnish.
  3. Cut the pudding into ¾-inch cubes.
  4. Line a microwaveable dish with baking paper.
  5. Heat the cubed pudding, covered, for 5–10 seconds on high.
  6. Place the softened pudding into a glass container, then scoop 1 tbsp ice cream on top.
  7. Add 1–2 tbsp diced pineapple, then alternate between pudding and ice cream until you’ve filled a glass.
  8. Top the parfait with a large scoop of ice cream.
  9. Drizzle the cooled sugar syrup on top. Garnish as desired.


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