Sweet Red Bean Paste

This recipe is frequently used as a filling for steamed buns.

Makes: 1Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 2 hours 15 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Makes: 1


  • 1 1⁄2 cups water
  • 1⁄2 cup dried red beans, soaked overnight and drained
  • 1⁄4 cup sugar
  • 1 1⁄4 Tbsp. vegetable oil


  • In a medium saucepan bring the water to a boil. Add the beans and simmer for at least 2 hours or until they are tender. Drain.
  • Place the beans and the sugar in a blender and process until smooth. Heat the oil in a preheated wok or saucepan. Add the bean paste and stir-fry until it is dry. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. The bean paste will last for approximately 1 week.