Sweet peanut soup

Have you ever tried Chinese dessert like Sweet Peanut Soup? Sweet soups are very popular among locals, especially after dinner. One of the tasting locations on our Temple Street Night Foodie Tour is a traditional Chinese dessert shop which has remained popular among nearby residents for nearly a century.

You might have seen many kinds of sweet soups such as almond soup, black sesame soup, walnut soup, cashew soup. The steps to make these sweet soups are similar. We will show you how to make sweet peanut soup, which is harder to find outside.

Cook Time: <10 minutes
Preparation Time: 1 hour
Serves six bowls


200g Raw peanuts (can be substituted with unsalted, non-roasted peanuts)
2 teaspoons Rice
350ml Water (for peanut blending)
80-120g Rock sugar (depending on how sweet you like)
500ml Water (for cooking)


1. Fry/ Toast the raw peanuts with the skin (not the case/ shells!) on in a wok or frying pan for about seven minutes or until they turn golden brown with great aroma. (Do not add anything else, no oil needed.)
2. Wash and soak the white rice.
3. Let the peanuts cool and use your hands to remove the skin.
4. Remove the water in the rice.
5. Blend the peanuts, the soaked raw rice and 350ml water for 30 seconds. To avoid overheating, let the blender rest for 1 minute and continue blending for another 30 seconds. Repeat this step for about 8-10 times or until you get the desired consistency, which should be like thick puree.
6. Bring the 500ml water to a boil and add the rock sugar to let it melt.
7. As the sugar water comes to a boil, add the blended peanut paste. Keep stirring and cook over low heat for about five minutes. 


1. Don’t overcook as the sweet peanut soup will get thicker over heat.
2. If the soup turns out to be thicker than your desired consistency, you can always add more water to make it less thick.
3. Traditional Chinese sweet soup is usually in a puree texture. You shouldn’t be looking for a broth-like liquid.

If you use this recipe to make your own Sweet Peanut Soup, remember to share on your social media and add #HongKongBellyKitchen!