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Black sesame soup is a popular east-Asian and Chinese dessert widely available throughout China, Vietnam, Taiwan 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:

  • 1 cup white rice (long grain or short grain)
  • 1 cup toasted black sesame seeds
  • 7 – 8 cups of water, depending on the desired consistency
  • 1 cup 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.


  1. Soak rice overnight.
  2. Soak sesame seeds overnight.
  3. Blend rice in blender with 3 cups water.
  4. Blend seeds in blender with 1 cup water.
  5. Put blended seeds and rice into a soup pot with rest of water and sugar.
  6. Simmer until thickened, about 5–10 minutes. Stir the soup regularly to prevent burning.


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

Calories per ingredientEdit

Calories per serving of black sesame seed soup (sesame tong sui) serving size: 1 cup

128 calories from sesame seeds: whole, roasted or toasted, (0.80 oz.)

61 calories from granulated sugar, (0.08 cup)

24 calories from white rice, medium grain, (0.10 cup)[4]

Health benefitsEdit

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, 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]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ MzTasty's Kitchen, "Black Sesame Soup", Petitchef, retrieved 12 August 2012
  2. ^ Mikan. "Chinese Black Sesame Soup (dessert soup)". Retrieved January 28, 2009.
  3. ^ "Sesame".
  4. ^ PALAKA5. "Calories in Black sesame seed soup (Sesame Tong Sui)". Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Medical Herb Uses".