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Hot Black Sesame Cereal

Hot Black Sesame Cereal is the homemade lightened up version of simply delicious and nutritious toasted black sesame seed hot cereal (tong sui/sweet dessert soup).
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Breakfast and Brunch
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 7
Calories: 189kcal
Author: HWC Magazine


  • 1 cup Black sesame seeds – 1 cup
    packed lightly (150 grams)
  • ¾ cup Glutinous Rice Flour
    80 grams
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • Hot water
    4 tablespoons hot water or so for each 4 tablespoons of prepared dried black sesame cereal powder.
  • 1 teaspoon Honey
    or to taste for each serving (if want to make vegan then use maple syrup or sugar alternative of choice)
  • Garnishes (black sesame seeds, white sesame seeds- optional)


  • Toast black sesame seeds in a dry pan for about 5 minutes over a medium low heat until toasty and aromatic. Set aside to cool. (if your black sesame seeds are already toasted move on to the second step)
  • Toast your glutinous rice flour in the same dry pan just until starts to get a little golden color and smells toasty. Set aside to cool.
  • Place your toasted sesame seeds in the food processor and blend until a smooth powder. Add your toasted glutinous rice flour and salt and combine well.
  • Place your dried prepared black sesame cereal powder in a sealed container.
  • To enjoy one or more servings of Hot Black Sesame Cereal, Boil water in kettle. Place 4 tablespoons of prepared black sesame cereal in each bowl. Add one tablespoon at a time of water and stirring well to remove lumps. We like our cereal thick so we added 4 tablespoons of hot water for each 4 tablespoons of dried black sesame cereal powder. (Please note that the addition of honey will thin the soup out a little more) Taste and adjust your Hot Black Sesame Cereal for additional honey as required. If you like your cereal a little thinner, add more hot water. If you like your cereal a little thicker then add a little less hot water. Stir and enjoy!
  • Garnish with white or black sesame seeds or Chinese red dates, goji berries as desired. (optional) Makes approximately 1 and ¾ cup dry premade Black Sesame Cereal. There are 4 tablespoons in each dry serving. Total servings: 7 servings


You can buy your black sesame seeds already toasted or can do this in a dry pan for just a few minutes before grinding to a paste.
You must use glutinous rice flour (sweet rice flour) for the cereal to thicken up. Regular rice flour will not make your soup thick but just a thin watery mess.
Glutinous rice flour can be found in any good Asian market, whole foods store or even on amazon.
Toasting your glutinous rice flour in a dry pan adds an extra nutty delicious flavor to the cereal.
You can make extra dry black sesame rice cereal and store in a sealable container and then all you need to do is to add hot water and a little drizzle of honey/ or sweetener of choice before serving.
We love to make extra plain toasted black sesame powder because it is delicious to add to your morning oatmeal, congee or even to your homemade rice noodles.
We used a food processor to grind up our toasted black sesame seeds to a powder. If you do not have a food processor, you will certainly build some strong muscles doing this with a mortar and pestle.
A little dash of salt to the black sesame cereal mixture makes the flavor really pop.
As with any seeds or nuts you need to be cognizant of expiration dates of sesame seeds, as they can go rancid and they do have a shelf life. Raw sesame seeds need to be consumed within 6 months. However, if you toast your sesame seeds they can last up to a year. If you store them in the refrigerator or freezer they can last a little longer.
We prefer to weigh ingredients instead of using US calculations for measurements. Please click on the metic system to calculate items in grams. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 169mg | Potassium: 113mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 211mg | Iron: 3mg