Vietnamese Recipes & Cuisines (Desserts & Drinks)

Lotus Seed with Agar-Agar Recipe

(Che Sen Thach)

Ingredients : Serves 4

300 g

500 ml

300 g

1/4 teaspoon



30 g

500 ml

Lotus seeds, soaked overnight to soften


Rock sugar

Vanilla powder



Agar-agar powder


Method :
  • Drain lotus seeds. Remove and discard the bitter embryos in the centre of the seeds with a toothpick. Rinse lotus seeds.

  • Bring water to the boil with rock sugar until sugar is completely melted.

  • Add lotus seeds and cook for another 5 minutes.

  • Remove from heat and leave to cool. Stir in vanilla powder.

  • Stir agar-agar powder into water then bring to the boil for 10 minutes. Pour into a container then leave to cool before chilling in the refrigerator.

  • When agar-agar is completely set, cut into thin strips.

  • Put agar-agar into lotus seed soup.

  • Ladle into individual bowls and serve topped with shaved ice.

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