Red Bean Ice with Ice Cream
Servings 3 ( 11-oz) glasses
- 200 grams red bean
- 28 ounces water
- 250 grams rock sugar
- 28 - 30 ice cubes
- 6 - 7 ounces evaporated milk
- 3 scoops vanilla ice cream (optional)
- Drinking water (optional)
The night before, rinse and wash the red beans. Place them in a large bowl. Add water till 2-inch above the beans. Soak overnight.
The next day, rinse the red beans under water again. Transfer to a medium pot. Add the beans and 28 ounces of water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Turn the heat to medium-low. Cook for 50 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the rock sugar and cook until the beans are soft inside and cooked through, about 10 – 40 more minutes. At the last 10 minutes of cooking, stir often to make sure the beans cook evenly. When finished, the first layer of beans should be above the water and the mixture should be kind of thick. Half of the beans should stay intact while the other half are broken into half or pieces. Remove from heat and cover with a lid for 20 minutes.
Remove the lid and cool to room temperature. Transfer to an air-tight container and keep in the fridge for at least 2 hours until cold.
When ready to serve, add enough red beans to fill the glasses half full. No need to pack and shake the glasses. Pour enough evaporated milk to just cover the red beans.
Depends on your blender, you may not be able to crush the ice just by itself. Don’t worry. You can blend ice with water. Add enough drinking water until the blender blades are covered. Add ice cubes and blend into tiny pieces. Pour into a sieve and spoon the crushed ice into the glasses until reaching the top. Pour more evaporated milk over the ice until just ½-inch below the top of the ice. Top each glass with a scoop of ice cream. Serve immediately.
- How to tell if red beans are done? Squeeze a bean with your thumb and index finger. If the bean can be smashed easily and there is no hard part left inside. It is done. Make sure to test a few beans as some can cook little slower.
- Red beans can be found in most Asian supermarkets or from Amazon.
- Rock sugar can be found in Chinese supermarkets or from Amazon.
- When cooking the red bean, add more water when needed.