Black sesame sweet soup is a traditional Chinese dessert. The thick, inky mixture is known for its nutty aroma and its rich, toasted sesame flavor.
Chefs make the treat by toasting black sesame seeds at a very high heat, then grinding them in a blender with rice and water. Then comes the difficult part: Slowly simmering everything, along with more water, until it reaches the appropriate viscosity. The mixture is so thick, it requires constant stirring, or it will quickly burn. After receiving a jolt of sweetness from Chinese rock sugar, it’s served hot.
At most sweet soup shops, you can tell when a place serves an amazing bowl because the sweet sesame aroma smacks you in the face as you walk in the door.
Need to Know
You can buy premade black sesame powders, but most chefs agree that grinding the seeds yourself tastes better.