Eight-Treasure Puddings

180 mins (prep 60)
15 ingredients
makes 8 dessert servings
Unlike most Western rice puddings, these desserts are chewy rather than creamy, with a delightful surprise inside. Some Chinese versions can be heavy and overly sweet, but our variation is a nicely balanced finish to the meal.

Categories:  lunar-new-year , chinese , asian ,
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  • 2 1/4 cups chinese or japanese short-grain sticky ("sweet") rice
  • 1 teaspoon peanut or vegetable oil plus additional for greasing
  • 3 1/2 cups cold water
  • 1/2 cup chinese rock sugar pieces
  • 1/3 cup dried pitted chinese jujubes, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick strips
  • 8 pitted prunes, quartered (1/3 cup)
  • 8 large dried apricots, cut into 1/4-inch-thick strips (1/3 cup)
  • 3 tablespoons dried sour cherries
  • 3 tablespoons diced (1/4 inch) candied orange peel
  • 8 walnut halves
  • 8 teaspoons canned sweet red beans or sweet red-bean paste (from a 14- to 16-oz can)
  • special equipment: a 9-inch round cake pan (2 inches deep); 8 (6- to 8-oz) custard cups or heatproof bowls; a 17- by 12- by 2 1/2-inch roasting pan; heavy-duty foil


Serving Size (12.07 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 13.11 Calories from Fat 0.0
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.0g 0.01%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0.01%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 1.48mg 0.49%
Total Carbohydrate 3.45g 9.19%
Dietary Fiber 0.05 g 1.58%
Sugars 2.52 g %
Protein 0.01g 0.12%
Vitamin A 0.25IU% Vitamin C 0.04mg%
Calcium 0.35mg% Iron 0.01mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
or, japanese, plus, peanut or vegetable oil, cold water, chinese rock sugar, pitted, jujubes, pitted prunes, dried apricots, dried sour cherries, diced, walnut halves, red beans, or, a, round, special equipment