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Chinese dessert soups... Who has the best?

J.L. Feb 14, 2011 09:03 PM

Hello gang,

Even though dessert can often be an afterthought at a Chinese banquet, I've been really hankering for a good warm red bean soup lately.

I've also had a jonesin' for a good tapioca soup.

I also like the summertime Chinese green bean soup too.

Heck, where can I get my fix for a good dessert soup?

As always, Thanks in advance!


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    aizan RE: J.L. Feb 14, 2011 09:44 PM

    seafood town/port in torrance makes it, though i don't really like the addition of beans and seaweed because of the texture. one of the waiters said it's originally a filipino dish, so i did a little googling. i think i'd like to try the chilled vietnamese or thai versions made with coconut milk and either mango or jackfruit. jitlada and a few other places have it on the menu. surprisingly, providence used to make a tapioca soup, too.

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      mileena RE: J.L. Feb 15, 2011 08:57 AM

      i think phoenix might have what you are looking for. they have several locations -- some are full on restaurants, but some are smaller dessert places that have all of those soups you are craving along with pastries and mochi and fancy drinks. (at least the one i go to in arcadia does).


      1. ipsedixit RE: J.L. Feb 15, 2011 02:24 PM


        Have you ever had good dessert soup apres a Chinese banquet? It's usually these bowls so thinned out with water (and sometimes ice) you feel like it should be for washing your hands, as opposed to imbibing.

        Anyhow, your best bet would be places like Phoenix Food Boutique, Apo Apo, and Class 302 would all have it, but in different forms and varities. Of course, Hong Kong style banquet restaurants will also have them as a separate dessert item with or without banquets.

        That said, I don't think I've seen (or recall seeing) warm red bean soup on menus before. Cold green beans, yes (mostly as an afterthought for Taiwanese shaved ice).

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          JThur01 RE: ipsedixit Feb 15, 2011 05:58 PM

          I don't know if it's on the menu, but NYC Seafood in Monterey Park has hot red bean soup. At least I got it complimentary post-dinner.

          I also have had a red bean soup at Chans N Paris, but it was sort of cool.

          I haven't had it at enough places to comment on a "best".

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        2. Kitchen Queen RE: J.L. Feb 15, 2011 02:45 PM


          May not be chinese, Thai, in fact, but you can generally find some yummy bean/rice/tapioca coconut soupy thing at Bangluck Markets. The one in Hollywood is always full of food stuffs ready -to-go and I have also found some items at the one on Sherman Way (next to Sanamluang cafes). The one on Reseda/Sherman Way is Vietnamese owned and has a cooked food bar. They also sell a bean soup thing. YUM!

          BTW, I have been 2ice to the Sherman Way (NOHO) location and have bought their cooked Kabocha filled w/egg custard. Also very YUMMY!

          Sanam Luang Cafe
          5170 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

          Sanam Luang Cafe
          12980 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605

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            chezwhitey RE: J.L. Feb 15, 2011 03:57 PM

            you might want to consider vietnamese desert soup. Had one at a pho place in the supermarket off of beach blvd in HB a couple years ago, tapioca, taro and coconut milk I think. Sadly they don't serve it anymore, but I think that might have been even better than the numerous chinese desert soups I've had. If I've learned anything in the last few years, it's that the vietnamese make some pretty spectacular deserts.

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              Bradbury RE: J.L. Feb 15, 2011 04:03 PM

              The best two dessert soups I've had lately were, as it turns out, only a few blocks apart at Shanghai Bamboo House in Monrovia and New Capital in Arcadia. I'm not sure if either place lists them on their menus, though, as both were compliments of unusually friendly waitstaff (even better, the bowl we got at SBH was big enough for the next day's breakfast, too.)

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                Jerome RE: J.L. Feb 15, 2011 11:50 PM

                this isn't the kind of dessert soup you're describing, but around new years, I like the tangyuan soup at Giang nan in monterey park. osmanthus and a bit of nuts and egg ribbon and the glutinous rice dumplings in a winey broth.
                like it a great deal

                that's just me.

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                  J.L. RE: Jerome Feb 16, 2011 12:34 AM

                  Oooh tangyuan... Nice.

                  Thanks for all the advice.

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