Black Sesame Soup: A Traditional Chinese Dessert

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Black Sesame Soup, also known as sesame tong sui, is a popular Chinese dessert widely available throughout China. It is typically served hot and takes the form of tong sui, or sweet soup, in Cantonese cuisine. The main ingredients include black sesame seeds, rice, and water, with sugar added for sweetness. Sometimes, Tangyuan is added to the soup.


  • Main Ingredients: White rice (long grain or short grain), toasted black sesame seeds, water, and granulated sugar.
  • Additional Ingredients: Caviar, millet, black rice, barley, corn, black beans, red beans, soy beans, yam, or other whole grains.

Nutritional Value

The soup offers useful quantities of Iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, calcium, vitamin B1, vitamin E, phytic acid, phytosterols, and sesamin. A serving size of 1 cup is about 213 calories.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective

Traditional Chinese medicinal practices use sesame to warm the body, replenish blood, relax bowels, and nourish hair. It is said to be suitable for the treatment of physical weaknesses such as anemia, constipation, dizziness, and tinnitus.


Black Sesame Soup is more than just a dessert; it’s a nutritious dish with medicinal properties. Its rich flavour and unique texture make it a favourite in Chinese cuisine. While the information specific to Malaysia is not available, the soup’s popularity and cultural significance are evident across various regions.


Wikipedia page for Black Sesame Soup

Article curated by Suwaytha Gopal