Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Ma Tai Sar with Tong Yuen (water chestnut dessert with dumplings) 汤圆荸荠洒

I don't know why it's called Ma Tai Sar, cos 'sar' means sand... but the water chestnuts are not chopped until they're fine like sand..

Normally I'll make it without the tong yuen, but after trying it at a wedding luncheon in Taiping, I found it to be quite nice.
Ma Tai Sar with Tong Yuen (water chestnut dessert with dumplings)


8 cups water
3 pandan leaves (shredded and knotted)
1 cup water chestnuts (about 8-10, peeled and chopped finely)
250 gm rock sugar(or 1 cup sugar)

3/4 cup corn starch (easier to buy than water chestnut starch)
1 cup water

1 egg (beaten)

1 package of frozen tong yuen (black sesame fillings or whichever u may prefer)

1. Boil 8 cups water with the pandan for 10 minutes or until u can smell the fragrance in the living room..
2. Take out the pandan leaves (if not, the water chestnuts will be hiding in the leaves).
3. Put in the water chestnuts and rock sugar.
4. Boil for another 10 minutes.
5. Mix 1 cup water with corn starch. Pour in and stir well.
6. Bring to a boil and drizzle in the egg while stirring continuously.
7. Turn off the fire and serve with cooked sesame dumplings (cooked according to packaging).

Nice for the Chinese Winter Festival (Goh Tung)..


You can roughly get 10 rice bowls of this dessert. I always put my tong sui into small containers per portion and put in the fridge. This way, it's more convenient when one wants to have some, without having to ladle it out.


  1. this one i can cook for chin, because he love to eat chestnut.may be i need to put some corn.hopefully will sucess, because i have fail before doing this dessert.

  2. if i use water chestnut starch ,what is the quantity for it?

  3. mimi,
    You use 1/2 cup first, cook it, then see you gauge it visually. Add more if needed, don't forget to mix with water. Take note that anything with starch will thicken more upon cooling down.
    Different starch has different thickening powers.

  4. do i need to mix the water chestnut starch with one cup water?

  5. mimi,
    Yes, follow exactly, except for the amount of waterchestnut starch.


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