If you click on the above photo, it will leads you to my Flickr album and you can see for yourselves the names of the different ingredients.
Briefly, these are :
Dried lotus buds (pak hup)
Dried, candied tangerine
and not in the photo is some rock sugar
A close-up shows, on the left Chinese barley, the long pieces of white thing is the wai san and the other tiny almond shape nuts are Chinese almonds.
I have never try cooking Chinese almonds before but I suspect the slight bitter taste of my dessert is from the Chinese almond. None of my kids or husband want to drink the dessert and I ended up finishing the whole pot. It took me three days to finish it.
I wonder if I am beginning to look as heavenly beautiful as those concubines in the Chinese emperor’s palace with the huge amount of tong sui I am drinking?
The whole packet of dried ingredients costs only RM3.80. I bought it out of curiousity though I am not sure what’s the name of the tong sui or what benefits it gives. Wet markets have all these small stalls selling herbal medicines and it is nice to sample those packages of herbs, either boil as sweet dessert or made into soups for dinner.