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Walnut Sweet Milk, a Dessert Soup Good for All Seasons

This is a traditional Chinese recipe that was even served to emperors. You can use milk, soy milk, or coconut milk depending on your taste. The red dates, although optional, are very nutritious.

This dessert soup can be eaten and enjoyed in any season.


Walnuts ( skinned): 150 g

Rice: 30 g

Sugar: 120 g

Fresh milk, soy milk, or coconut milk: 3 cups

Water: 3 cups

Red dates (optional): 5 large (pitted)

Walnut & rice. (Image: Mona Song)
Walnuts and rice. (Image: Mona Song/Vision Times)


  1. Place walnuts on a baking sheet, roast in the oven at 180°C,  turning occasionally until evenly browned.
  2. Rinse and drain the rice. Soak rice together with roasted walnuts in 2 cups of water for half an hour.
  3. Put above mentioned ingredients (including dates, if using) into a blender, blend for about 10 minutes, or until smooth. Add one cup of water to mix into a smooth batter.
  4. Heat up the fresh milk, put in sugar and let it dissolve, then put in walnut and rice batter, stir and bring to the boil. Taste for sweetness and serve.

Research from Mrs. Wu, recipe from Hong Kong

Monica Song
Born and bred in China, Mona keeps an ever watchful  eye the Chinese news headlines that are worth translating into English for Vision Times readers.

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