Red bean with matcha - mix of Japanese bitterness and Vietnamese sweetness
By My Tran in HCMC
Vietnamese people often use beans to make sweet soup, flour or even dishes mixed with meat as red beans are fibrous, packed with magnesium, iron, potassium and vitamin B3 to help lower blood pressure.
|Red bean sweet soup with matcha ice-cream is a harmony of Japanese bitterness and Vietnamese sweetness - Photo: My Tran|
Meanwhile, the Japanese often use matcha, a traditional green tea powder, in drinks as it is rich in antioxidants and vitamins to help prevent cancer and heart disease and slow the ageing process.
Now, Saigonese are mixing the bitterness of green tea with the sweetness of red beans to make a tasty snack called matcha ice-cream in red bean soup.
To make the soup is not difficult, just put red beans into the pot with water and cook until the beans are done. However, matcha ice-cream is more complicated.
Put cream, milk, matcha powder, sugar and salt together and whisk it until mixed well and then heat the mixture until it comes to boil. Keep whisking until it starts to foam, then remove it from the heat and let it cool; refrigerate the mixture until it is completely chilled.
Churn it for 20-25 minutes in an ice cream maker and transfer into a container and freeze for at least three hours and stir the ice cream a few times before serving.
Now, it’s time to enjoy and you put the sweet soup into a bowl and add matcha ice-cream.
The drink is tasty due to the light bitterness of the green tea in harmony with sweet and buttery taste of red bean. If you are lovers of matcha, you can put more matcha powder into the soup, or you can add more sugar to spoil your tongue..