Black sesame soup

Black sesame soup (sesame tong sui) is a popular east-Asian and Chinese dessert widely available throughout China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.[1] It is typically served hot. In Cantonese cuisine it takes the form of tong sui, or sweet soup (similar to Western pudding), with greater viscosity. The main ingredients are black sesame seeds, rice and water. Sugar is added for sweetness. Tangyuan is sometimes added into black sesame soup. Black sesame soup can be purchased in powder form.

Black sesame soup
Alternative names黑芝麻糊
Place of originChina
Serving temperatureWarm or Hot
Main ingredientsBlack sesame seed flour; sometimes sugar or Tangyuan
Black sesame soup
Literal meaningsesame paste


The main ingredients are: white rice (long grain or short grain), toasted black sesame seeds, water (amount depending on the desired consistency), and granulated sugar (based on personal preferences).[2]

Additional ingredients are often added to this soup such as: caviar, millet, black rice, barley, corn, black beans, red beans, soy beans, yam or other whole grains.


The soup offers useful quantities of Iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, calcium, vitamin B1, vitamin E, phytic acid, phytosterols and sesamin.[3]

Calories per serving of black sesame seed soup (serving size 1 cup) is about 213 calories (128 calories from sesame seeds, 61 calories from granulated sugar, 24 calories from white rice). [4]

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 weakness such as anemia, constipation, dizziness and tinnitus.[5]

A small percentage of people are allergic to sesame seeds. In Australia the occurrence of allergy to sesame seed was estimated to be 0.42 percent among all children which is the fourth among all the allergies,[6] and in the United Kingdom 0.04 percent of adults. The occurrence of allergy to sesame is much higher in people who have allergies to other foods.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ MzTasty's Kitchen, "Black Sesame Soup", Petitchef, retrieved 12 August 2012 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Mikan. "Chinese Black Sesame Soup (dessert soup)". Retrieved January 28, 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Sesame".
  4. ^ PALAKA5. "Calories in Black sesame seed soup (Sesame Tong Sui)". Retrieved 18 April 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Medical Herb Uses".
  6. ^ "Prevalence of food allergies | FARRP | Nebraska". Retrieved 2019-11-19.