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Eight Precious Pudding
  • 1 ounce lotus seeds
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 2 ounces Chinese red dates
  • 2 cups glutinous rice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 red maraschino cherry
  • 1 cup any candied fruits
  • 1 cup red bean paste
  • Soak lotus seeds to cold water in a bowl for a half hour.
  • Bring to boil. Simmer on low heat 20 minutes. Drain and cool. Split into halves. Set aside.
  • Put red dates in bowl on rack in pot or in steamer. Steam covered over boiling water 30 minutes. Set aside.
  • Put rice in pot with water level 3/4 inch above rice. Bring to boil. Simmer 20 minutes. Stir in sugar and add 2 tablespoons oil, well mix. Set aside.
  • Grease medium-sized bowl heavily with oil. Place cherry in center. Arrange lotus seeds, red dates, and candied fruits in circles around bottom and up to edge of bowl, glazed side down.
  • Spread a layer of rice mixture over fruits carefully so as not to spoil the design. Spoon a layer of red bean paste over the rice. Cover with another layer of rice. Pack tight.
  • Place bowl on rack in pot or in steamer. Cover. Steam over boiling water for 1 hour.
  • Remove pudding carefully by running flexible spatula around edge. Put serving plate over bowl and invert bowl.

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