Super tasty ways to use red bean paste
For those who have sweet tooth who couldn’t say no to tasty desserts, then you perhaps now know that red bean paste (pat) is heaven-sent. Red bean paste is a sweet paste that is present in a lot of Japanese, Chinese and Korean desserts. The main ingredient of this paste is azuki beans, which are boiled, mashed, and then sweetened with sugar.
We know that some of you just can’t get enough of the red bean paste, so we have compiled a list of awesome red bean paste concoctions that will definitely impress not just your taste buds but those of your family and friends as well.
1. Steamed Apples with Red Bean Paste
Steamed apples filled with red bean paste is one of the perfect snacks that you can prepare most especially during the cold months. All you need to do is to get five or six medium-sized apples, core them, and then fill them with red bean paste. Steam the red bean paste-filled apples for around 30 minutes and then serve!
And of course, how can we ever forget including the famous patbingsu in this list? This very colorful dessert, which is also sometimes spelled as patbingsoo, is made out of shaved ice and a variety of sweet toppings such as azuki beans, sliced fruits, fruit syrups and sweetened milk. Feel free to add mangoes, strawberries, melons, peaches, and other fruits in season that you prefer. Actually, the wide variety of ingredients that you can add into this shaved ice dessert makes it a favorite among both Koreans and foreigners alike.
3. Dairy-Free Red Bean Ice Cream
You love red bean paste so much, so why don’t you take it to another level and make an ice cream out of it? All you need to do is to combine cooked red beans, honey, vanilla extract and coconut milk in a blender and then pour the resulting mixture into a popsicle or ice cream mold. Freeze the ice cream mixture and then enjoy! This is another great dessert to have on a sweltering day.
4. Red Bean Porridge (Pat Jook)
If you want a dish that is light yet filling, then consider making porridge out of red beans (pat jook). In Korea, pat jook is considered a comfort food and is perfect for those who are recuperating from any form of sickness. The good thing about red bean porridge is its versatility: you can eat it for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner if you wish. This dish is also great even for those who don’t have sweet tooth because its sweetness is just mild.
5. Red bean-flavored Japanese jelly
Jelly or gelatin that’s filled with red bean paste is a big dessert hit in Korea that has been introduced by Japan. All you need to have to make this jelly dessert are sugar, agar (for the gelatine or jelly) and azuki beans of course. The resulting rectangular blocks of red bean jelly are then sliced into square blocks before service. We are so confident that kids will always look forward to the end of every meal just to get their fill of this sweet gelatinous dessert.
Now that you have ideas on how to make red bean paste dishes, it’s time to prepare for your Korean BBQ feast. Drop us a line at Korean BBQ Online today so we can help you get started!