Saturday, September 16, 2006

Boiled Peanuts/Lum Far Sung

This is a wonderful snack and easy to cook but not so easy to get the correct type of raw peanuts in their shell to achieve those 'lum'/soft texture. To my experience, if the peanut is bigger and has red skin, they are better for roasting or frying. For boiling, the peanut has to be smaller and with white skin. But, when the crave is there and you have no choice, any type will do.

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1 lb dried raw peanuts
1 tsp tumeric powder
3 tbs salt
1/2 cup sugar(Only add sugar when the peanuts are tender)


Soak in water overnight.

Rinse the peanuts and using the pressure cooker, boil with salt and tumeric powder until tender (about 1/2 hr)

Once tender, add the sugar and simmer for another 10 mins.

Drain and enjoy



Anonymous said...

My mum does not use turmeric. She adds 'kam chou' (liquorice bark) and uses rock sugar.

lilyng said...


thank mom for the tip of using kam chou and rock sugar.

i use tumeric for the color only otherwise the appearance will not be so appealing with it.

Wouldn't rock sugar be a waste since you need to drain and rid of the water?

Lisa said...

Still eating my boiled peanuts and they look very pretty, white and clean ! Thanks for the tips.

Anonymous said...

The peanuts will be more fragrant if you add a couple of star anise.


lilyng said...


thanks for the tip

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