Green Tea Rice Cake with Red Bean

Green Tea Rice Cake with Red Bean 4You can never go wrong with green tea. Some people love drinking green tea straight-up, some enjoy eating it in different ways. There are many culinary traditions involving green tea. I’m quite obsessed with green tea flavored things, and I personally like green tea rice cake with red bean the best. 

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This wonderful traditional dessert is made with powdered sweet rice and green tea, and filled with red beans. It’s soft, slightly sweet, and chewy. It has a very similar taste of Chinese New Year cake, known in Mandarin as “Nian Gao (“higher year”), which is another delicious sweet sticky rice dessert that I love.

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Green Tea Rice Cake with Red Bean

  • Prep time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time:  20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Serving Size: 3


  • 1 cup of sweet rice powder or glutinous rice flour
  • 1 tsp of green tea powder
  • 2 tbsps of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 2 tbsps of oil
  • 1/2 cup of sweet bean jam
  • 1 tsp of coconut powder

Step by step

  1. Pour glutinous rice flour into a bowl. Add green tea powder, sugar, oil and water into the bowl.
  2. Mix well until there are no dry lumps. Make a big green tea dough and steam the dough (leaving in the bowl) in a steamer for 20 minutes or until fully cooked.
    Take sweet red bean jam and make several balls. Get prepared.
  3. Divide the green tea dough into 4 equal pieces. Press one piece from the middle and stretch carefully to form a flat round with thinner edges than the middle. Place a red bean jam ball in the middle of the green tea dough round. Wrap dough around the filling and seal the opening with a tight pinch. Try to shape dough into a smooth round ball. Place the ball on a platter. Repeat with the rest of green tea doughs. Spread the desiccated coconut out on the platter and roll the rice cake balls. Let them cool before serving.


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  1. September 23, 2015 / 1:06 pm

    These look great! Going to try making these when I can… lovely recipe! 🙂

      • September 24, 2015 / 6:42 pm

        Will do! 🙂

        • December 19, 2016 / 4:52 pm

          Hi Charlotte! Just wanted to say thank you so much for the recipe. I made them (had to add a little more water and green tea) and found them delicious. So thanks again! 🙂

  2. September 28, 2015 / 6:20 pm

    I had some red bean cakes once with a friend years ago. Since then I have often wished to have them again. Thank you for the recipe. I hope that they will be as tasty as I remember.

    • September 28, 2015 / 6:58 pm

      Thank you. I’m so glad you wanna try it out. I’m sure it will be tasty! Let me know if you like it! 🙂

  3. October 17, 2015 / 3:33 pm

    Whenever we go to the international market, I pick up a pack or two of these. They don’t look too difficult to make. Thanks for sharing.

    • October 17, 2015 / 4:04 pm

      Thanks for liking it! It’s so delicious that it’s worth the time it takes to make it. And it’s not that hard to make, honestly. 🙂

  4. October 27, 2015 / 3:42 pm

    Every time I’m home in NY or in Hawaii I get these! I’ll try them out, thank you! xo

  5. November 4, 2015 / 8:16 am

    I’m in heaven just by looking at it haha! 🙂 Your blog is awesome!

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