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Sweet Red Bean Shake

Sweet Red Bean Shake

A few weeks ago, I had a chance to meet a friend that I met through blogging. She is the author of her Japanese Cuisine blog, called “Just One Cookbook”. She took me to a little Asian place near San Francisco where they sell a lot of Hong Kong style drinks. It was my first time trying any drinks from Hong Kong so I was really excited.


Not too long ago, I shared some recipes (this one and this one) using Sweet Red Beans. In Korea, we usually use red beans in bread and shaved ice desserts. So when I saw that they had a sweet red bean drink at the restaurant we went, I knew I had to try it.


And you can guess I must have loved it because I made this at home. It was so good! They had some hard jellies in it but I just don’t know where I can get those, so I just got normal fruit jellies at a Korean market. I think that normal gummy bears or those jelly worms would work, too.


I used an apple flavored jelly. The texture wasn’t quite what I wanted but it was still really tasty in the shake. You can use any types of jelly of your choice or omit it if you want. Your choice. The jelly is great in the drink because it comes up through the straw and it’s kinda fun!


I got some canned sweet red beans. I had no idea you could get this in a can! And it tasted really good! I’m not sure if I will make it at home again. Just because I really like the texture of the canned red beans, which is really weird, because I normally don’t like canned beans.

As you can see in the pictures, the drink came out really smooth and creamy! Just the way I like it. It’s not only delicious but also pretty healthy (minus the sugar in the beans but hey, it’s still beans!) for your body with good amount of protein from the beans and soy milk.


To make this drink, combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.


Mmm… Delicious!

Sweet Red Bean Shake

  • ½ cup canned sweet red bean paste
  • ½ cup soy milk
  • 5-6 ice cubes
  • 1 jelly pack, cut into small cubes or gummy bears or gummy worms (optional)

  1. Combine all ingredients except jelly in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add the cubed jelly into the drink if desired.



11 Responses to “Sweet Red Bean Shake”

  1. #
    Hyeyoung — July 17, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    앙~ 나도 한 번 해 먹어봐야겠네… 혹시 그 안에 있던 젤리 같은거 동글동글 해? 그거 Bubble Tea던가? Tapioca Pearl (large size)이라고 하던거 같애. 우리 동네에 있는 한 Asian 음식점에서 고구마 쥬스 같은 걸 먹었었는데 Bubble Tea가 들어있어서 구수하고 더 맛있었던 기억이…. 고구마 스무디도 한 번 만들어 먹어봐. 미국 Yum아니고 꼭 고구마로…!!!

    • Sook replied: — July 17th, 2012 @ 9:10 pm

      고구마 스무디? 안그래도 한국 고구마 샀는데.. 그거 만들어봐야 겠네요. Bubble Tea도 꼭 찾아볼께요. :)

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    Fern — July 18, 2012 at 4:45 am

    I love red bean…never thought of making red bean shake though…sounds delicious! Have you tried putting Aiyu jellies in them? They come in canned form too and they are quite firm.

    • Sook replied: — July 18th, 2012 @ 11:38 am

      I think maybe so! I have no idea what the jelly is called or anything. I had it at a drink shop and fell in love with it. I will have to look for those aiyu jellies! Thanks, Fern!

      • Fern replied: — July 18th, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

        Or maybe they are grass jelly (also in canned form) if they are black in colour…:-)

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    Georgiana Darcy — July 18, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    This is genius! I have to make sweet red bean paste asap so that I can try this drink. Thank you so much for sharing this idea! Georgiana

    • Sook replied: — July 18th, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

      You’re welcome, Georginana! It’s nice to know that other people like sweet red beans too! :)

  4. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — July 19, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    You are so quick! I often try to remember what I was supposed to cook… You already finished making it. :D The jelly thing you are talking about is called tapioca and we call the drink boba tea or tapioca pearl tea, etc…. I found how to cook boba (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sicT22VDTf4).

    I love red bean and I’m so jealous. I need to make more red bean paste!

    • Sook replied: — July 20th, 2012 @ 10:57 am

      Thanks, Nami! I can’t wait to look for those! Do you think they will have these at a Japanese store? We have a Japanese store nearby and maybe I will look for them there!


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