This is an awesome ’tong sui’ for dessert lovers who love desserts but afraid of the sugar content in ‘tong sui’. The main reason is that this sweet dessert is without sugar added. The sweetness comes from the ingredients itself [Chinese pear, dried longans and red dates]. Unbelievable when I saw that there is no sugar in the recipe and was thinking it could be a typo error. There is no error, really no sugar is needed for this dessert. It is sweet enough without the sugar.
Moreover, I was told that this dessert is very suitable for women folks, blood circulation and anti-aging. It is good to be taken during Autumn and Winter seasons. Why this is good, I have no idea but if you like to confirm the facts, do check up the Wikipedia for the health benefits of the 3 main ingredients, hahaha!.
Anyway, I don’t mind having this dessert throughout the year because of its so called benefits and it is so easy to prepare, too. Just dump everything into the slow cooker, wait for 2-3 hours and the lovely dessert is ready to be enjoyed.
1 Chinese Pear – peeled, deseeded and cut big cubes
10 red dates – halve if using big ones
50 gm dried longan – rinsed and drained
600-700 ml water
- Place Chinese pear and red dates in a slow cooker. Pour in hot water, turn to high, cover and leave to cook for over an hour before adding the dried longans.
- Continue to cook until longans are plump up. Taste to adjust the sweetness [add sugar if necessary].
- Serve hot, warm or chilled.