How to Break Down Yellow Rock Sugar

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Yellow rock sugar is also known as Chinese rock sugar. Unlike western granulated sugar, rock sugar is sold in solid, honey-coloured chunks. To use the sugar in recipes, you must break it apart. Using rock sugar will require the use of force and a heavy tool. "The Chinese Kitchen" recommends using a hammer rather than a rolling pin for breaking apart lumps of yellow rock sugar. Authors Deh-Ta Hsiung and Ken Hom note the hardness of the rock sugar could damage the wood of common kitchen rolling pins.

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Things you need

  • Tea towel
  • Hammer
  • Air-tight container

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  1. 1

    Place a lump of yellow rock sugar into a towel.

  2. 2

    Fold the edges of the towel over the sugar to prevent broken chunks from falling out and to protect the counter.

  3. 3

    Tap the sugar with a hammer through the towel until the lump breaks down into smaller pieces.

  4. 4

    Add the broken down chunks of rock sugar to hot dishes or drinks so the heat further melts the sugar. Each lump of yellow rock sugar replaces 1 tbsp of white or brown sugar in recipes.

  5. 5

    Break more sugar than you need and store the extra in an airtight container at room temperature indefinitely.

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