Chestnut Porridge with Sweet Osmanthus

Chestnut Porridge with Sweet Osmanthus is a famous Hangzhou cuisine and as “top freshness of the world”. The porridge has varied and distinct colors and is filled with crisp chestnuts. The soup is thick and the sweet-scented osmanthus has a pleasant smell. It should not be served too sweet.

Story of Chestnut Porridge with Sweet Scented Osmanthus:

According to the legend, during the Tang Dynasty which is more than a thousand years ago, on the night of the Mid-autumn Festival, when Chang’er, the immortal on the moon, saw the view of the West Lake in Hangzhou in the moonlight, she could not help but to dance gracefully. As a result, her dance shook the osmanthus seeds one by one off the osmanthus trees in the moon. At night, the monk Deming of the Linyin Temple was cooking chestnut porridge in the kitchen when he saw osmanthus seeds dancing all over the sky and numberless fragrant seeds falling into the porridge. The next day, when the monks ate the chestnut porridge, they greatly praised it. Therefore, Deming picked up the osmanthus seeds scattered in the courtyard and planted them on a mountain opposite the temple. On the next Mid-autumn Festival, it had grew into a blooming tree. Since then the mountain is called the Yuegui Peak and the Chestnut Porridge with Sweet-scented Osmanthus has become a popular snack among the people of Hangzhou.

Recipe: Chestnut Porridge with Sweet Osmanthus

Chestnut Porridge with Sweet Osmanthus


Although chestnut belongs to the nut group, it has much less fats compared to other nuts. It is rich in starch. So it is recommended to be cooked and be eaten as a between-meal nibbles. This way, our weight can be taken good care of.

Carbohydrates contained in the fresh chestnut are 2.4 times of that contained in potatoes. Those in the dried ones are even as rich as 77%. The 4-5% of protein contained in chestnuts is higher than the cooked rice even though it is a little lower than that contained in peanuts and walnuts.

Chestnut is also rich in minerals and vitamins. For example, the Vitamin C contained in chestnuts is ten times higher than apples and even higher than tomatoes which are famous for their Vitamin C content.

Ingredients for Chestnut Porridge with Sweet Osmanthus recipe:

Fresh chestnuts: 250 g
Dried Sweet Osmanthus: 5 g

White Sugar: 1 teaspoon (If you like, the amount can be added according to your own preferences.)

Preparation Work:

Put the chestnuts into boiling water and simmer for 5 minutes, then pour some tap water into the wok, fish the chestnuts out, and remove the shells and membrane while they are hot; (This is because you will find out that this way will make it very easy to remove the membrane that is attached to the chestnut meat.)

Steps to cook Chestnut Porridge with Sweet Osmanthus:

1. Put the prepared chestnuts into a pot, cover them with water, turn on high heat and wait until they are softened;

2. Drop the Sweet Osmanthus and white sugar into the pot and mix them fully;

3. Continue to cook until the pot is boiling again.

Cooking Tips:

Chestnuts are not supposed to be ingest in a large quantities once. 6 or 7 chestnuts a day would be enough for them to function in terms of nutrition supply and anti-aging.

Enjoy this famous Hangzhou cuisine!

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