Gingko, Barley, Bean Curd – Chinese Dessert

In Chinese cuisine, we don’t really have that many gooey puddings and at the end of banquets, a sweet soup is usually served with something of a different texture like red bean or louts seed paste pancakes or little buns. At weddings, they would usually serve a version of either a red bean soup or something with with lotus seeds served with some sweet buns made with lotus seed paste in the shape of a peach. Every item on the menu is symbolic, like lotus seed is for fertility, the colour red is for luck and the peach is for longevity.

This is one of the many different Chinese desserts and I used to have this in the wet markets in KL for breakfast and sometimes make it at home for tea. In Chinese food, every single food dish has a medicinal value. This one is a Yin dish and is meant to be cooling, an antidote to the hot weather or to balance to a Yang or heaty meal.

Gingko nut, bean curd and barley dessert


Gingko Barley Bean curd dessert

1 pack of gingko nuts ( or sometimes you can get them in cans)

1 generous handful of dried barley

100g of dried bean curd sheets ( nothing like tofu just in case you were wondering), crushed into small pieces

rock sugar to taste

Optional egg


Boil the barley in about 6-8 mugs of water. This recipe does not have to be exact, just add or subtract ingredients to taste. Boil for about 30 – 45 mins or until the barley is soft. Then add the gingko and crushed bean curd sheets. Boil for another 15 minutes until the bean curd is soft and melting. Finally, beat the egg and swirl it into the boiling put, like making egg drop soup.

Serve hot.

Gingko Nut Barley and Tofu Dessert
Gingko Nut Barley and Tofu Dessert

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  1. Ahh, thanks for this, reminded me of when my mum used to make it for us when we were kids. Egg compulsory in my case 🙂