8 Treasure Soup : How to make it ?

Introduction : Soup

This post on authentic and easy Chinese 8 Treasure Soup Recipe has everything you need including links to hard to find Chinese ingredients on Amazon! Ba Bao Zhou is also known as “eight treasure congee” or “eight treasure porridge”.

Also known as Ba Bao Zhou, “8 treasure congee” or “8 treasure porridge”.

8 Treasure Soup

What is 8 Treasure Soup?

8 Treasure Soup is actually more of a porridge or congee.

It calls for 8 main ingredients, but in reality, it’s super adaptable and you could make it with as little as 3 or 4 ingredients. “It’s up to you!”

We measured everything by handfuls and we could even add other ingredients, such as sweet potato, depending on our preference.

But for today I’ll tell you the 8 authentic ingredients that are used to make 8 Treasure Soup, and this list doesn’t include the sugar that you also add that to make it sweet and irresistible.

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The 8 Ingredients of 8 Treasure Soup

Below I’ve listed out the 8 ingredients you’ll need to make Ba Bao Zhou, except for water and sugar:

  1. Red Mung Beans
  2. Black Rice
  3. Glutenous Rice
  4. Peanuts
  5. Dried Lily Slices
  6. Dried or Fresh Chinese Yam
  7. Lotus Seed
  8. Chinese Pearl Barley

I know the last 4 of these ingredients are really unique, but the good news is that you don’t have to use them!

Just like I said, this recipe is super adaptable and could be made with just the first 4 ingredients. But if you did want to try the fully authentic recipe, I was able to find all the ingredients on Amazon!

The last two ingredients you’ll need are LOTS of water and sugar.

This soup isn’t 8 Treasure Soup without sugar. It needs to be sweet.

My friend had me buy the block of red sugar that you see in the picture below, but I used Coconut Sugar when I re-made it at home and it turned out deliciously!

I’m sure any liquid sweeteners would be delicious as well.

How to make 8 Treasure Soup

Once you have all the ingredients on hand, this soup couldn’t be easier to make.

Step 1: Soak all of the ingredients, except for the glutinous rice, for about 8 hours.

Step 2: Drain the soaked ingredients, put them in a pot with tons of water, and allow everything to boil down into a thick, sweet soup.

It’s that easy! It just takes some time.

How to Store Leftover Ba Bao Zhou

This soup stores just like any other leftover soup

I like to place the leftovers in an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Thankfully, this soup tastes amazing cold too!

For a more comforting meal, however, feel free to warm it up on the stove top until heated through.

Potential Recipe Adaptation

Even just using the first 4 ingredients and some sugar would make a delicious version of this Authentic Chinese: 8 Treasure Soup.

Prep Time: 8 hours
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 9 hours 30 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons red mung beans
  • 2 tablespoons black rice
  • 3 tablespoons peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons Chinese Pearl Barley
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Lily Slices
  • 3 lotus seeds
  • 1 slice dried Chinese Yam , broken into pieces
  • ¼ cup glutenous rice
  • 8-9 cups filtered water
  • 1 lump red sugar (¼-1/2 cup sugar of your choice)


  1. About 8 hours before preparing this soup, put the red mung beans, black rice, peanuts, Chinese pearl barley, dried lily slices, lotus seeds, and dried Chinese yam into a bowl and cover with water to soak.
  2. After 8 or so hours, drain and rinse the soaked ingredients and place them in a large sauce pan.
    Add in the glutenous rice and 8-9 cups of filtered water, stir, and bring everything to a boil
    Continuing boiling/simmering the ingredients on high heat for 1 – 1.5 hours, stirring occasionally and being careful to not let the water or foam overflow. The bigger your pan the less you have to monitor the soup.
    You’ll know the soup is ready once most of the water has been absorbed by the ingredients and a thick porridge has formed.
  3. Once thickened, add in about ¼ cup of sugar, or more to taste and allow it to dissolve before serving.
    Serve warm


This soup can be easily doubled.

You can also pick and choose which ingredients you want or add in other ingredients that you think would go well.

If you use less than 8 ingredients, you may need to reduce the amount of water you use.



Amount Per Serving:

  • FAT: 3g
  • FAT: 1g TRANS
  • FAT: 0g
  • SODIUM: 201 mg
  • FIBER: 2g
  • SUGAR: 2g
  • PROTEIN: 3g

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