If you enjoy jelly-like foods, this is one dessert soup that will tickle your palate.
Peach gum dessert soup is a delicious way of enjoying peach gum, regarded as a beauty tonic in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).
I came across peach gum at a dried goods shop, Queen Street Trading (01-239 Block 269 Queen Street, tel: 6338-9285), in Bugis.
Called tao jiao in Mandarin, it comes in the form of amber-hued crystals and is actually the resin of the Chinese peach tree (prunus persica).
The manager of the shop, Mr Walter Chua, 49, said peach gum can be soaked in room temperature water for at least three hours. Hot water can be used to reduce the soaking time.
Better grade peach gum comes in larger crystals and it is easier to remove the impurities in it. Pro tip: use tweezers.
Mr Chua said that after soaking the peach gum, it is best to remove the bits that remain hard.
In TCM, peach gum is believed to have cooling properties, so he suggested cooking it with dried longan and dried red dates to balance the dessert. Pandan leaves give the soup an aromatic flavour.
He also recommended using honey rock sugar as it adds to the flavour of the soup.
PEACH GUM DESSERT SOUP