Cantonese Black Sesame Soup- Zhi Ma Hu

Black Sesame Soup is a smooth and velvety soup that’s loved in the south of China, especially in the Guangdong Province (Canton) and Hong Kong. It is a variety of Chinese tong sui, a dessert soup commonly enjoyed for breakfast, after meals, or served for teatime accompanied by dim sum, the traditional Cantonese bite-sized tea snacks.

Cantonese Black Sesame Soup

Cantonese Black Sesame Soup

Although black sesame soup is so elegant, it is surprisingly easy to make, taking only 3 ingredients. It is a sweet, smooth, and lushcious soup with a rich sesame taste. Serve as a dessert for an interesting change up to your regular dessert routine.
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack, Soup
Cuisine: Canton, Chinese, Southern China
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Soaking Rice: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • Blender
  • Medium bowl
  • large saucepan
  • Frying pan


  • 1 cup Long grain rice
  • 1 cup Black sesame seeds
  • 8 cups Water
  • 1 cup Sugar


  • Prep – Soak rice withy water for between 1 to 4 hours. Toast sesame seeds for 2 minutes in a frying pan or wok set over low heat. Watch carefully so they don't burn and become bitter.
  • Make Rice and Sesame Mixture – Drain the rice and combine with 3 cups water. Blend on high until completely smooth. Pour into a bowl and rinse out the blender.
    Ground the black sesame seeds in the blender until smooth. Add ½ cup water and blend briefly to get a smooth paste.
    Add blended rice to the sesame seeds in the blender. Blend until well combined.
  • Make Soup – Pour rice/sesame mixture into a large saucepan or pot. Add remaining water and sugar and bring to a boil. Once soup boils, reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes to thicken. Stir frequently.
    Pour into small bowls and serve warm.


Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Calcium: 262mg | Iron: 4mg

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