Job’s Tears Red Bean Porridge

大小紅豆薏仁湯 Job's Tears Red Bean Porridge

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This Job’s Tears Red Bean Porridge is one of my favorite winter soup to make. It’s simple yet still delicious with only 4 ingredients!

大小紅豆薏仁湯 Job's Tears Red Bean Porridge

Job’s Tears Red Bean Porridge

The name might be weird, but that’s how this porridge, or sweet soup, is made of: red bean, pinto beans, and Job’s tears. I’m not sure if this is a thing but it is a soup that my father has been making since I was little. So I just name it as it is.

It has been one of my favorite things to have on a cold day. The ingredient list is pretty short. Actually, you just need 4 ingredients to make it: Red beans (azuki beans), Pinto beans (we called them “big red beans” in Chinese), Job’s tears, and sugar.

大小紅豆薏仁湯 Job's Tears Red Bean Porridge

This Job’s Red Beans Porridge is a little bit like Red Bean Soup, but the taste is really different from the pinto beans and Job’s tears. The pinto beans make this porridge less boring because you will bite in the pinto beans from time to time. The texture of Job’s tears is quite prominent when you chew them as well.

We’re going to start with dried beans, so it does take some time to soak the beans. But, hey, you don’t need to do anything when the beans are quietly in the water.

In fact, I usually soak them before I go to bed, and wake up in the morning to give them a rinse and make the soup. If you’re not into making soup in the morning, you can also put them in the fridge for a while until you have time to make it on that day.

大小紅豆薏仁湯 Job's Tears Red Bean Porridge

And now I often use an instant pot to make this soup, which really shortens the amount of cooking time. Another pot I will use from time to time is my small pressure cooker.

But if you don’t have an instant pot or pressure cooker, no worries, you can use an old-fashion rice cooker or cook them on the stove. It will take much longer to cook, though. So if you like to cook dried beans and grains as I do, I really recommend investing in an instant pot. It will save you tons of time and work in the long run.

How to make Job’s Tears Red Bean Porridge

Step 1: Soak the beans and Job’s tears in water for 6-8 hours.

I used to soak them separately, but I don’t think it’s necessary based on my experience. Now I often soak them in a big bowl and go to sleep.

Step 2: Drain out the water and give them a rinse.

Because the beans will release phytic acid and other indigestible stuff when soaking, it’s better to rinse off those things.

There’re many articles online saying that you don’t need to soak your dried beans, which is not wrong but I don’t vote for that. They can still be cooked but I don’t like the final texture of the unsoaked-then-cooked beans.

Soaking beans will let the beans break down faster and make them more digestible based on my experiences. And when the cooking time is cutting time, it’s also a way of saving resources. And you can sleep during the soaking time. So, seriously, why not?

Step 3: Transfer the beans to the instant pot and add water. Let it cook for 20 minutes then sit for 30 minutes.

I like to cook my beans in instant pot because I can just walk away to do my own stuff while it’s cooked. You can also use a pressure cooker, but I usually use it when I’m staying in the kitchen for a while so as to keep an eye on it.

Another common kitchen equipment in Taiwan is this old-fashion multi-functional rice cooker. I used to cook my dried beans and grains with it. You can check out the instructions on how to cook the beans with it in this recipe.

Once the instant pot finishes cooking, let it sit for 30 minutes to naturally release the pressure. During this 30 minutes, the beans will continue to be cooked with the inner temperature.

Step 4: Stir in the sugar and taste.

The final step is adding sugar to taste. I like to use a combination of dark brown sugar and rock can sugar. You can also use raw sugar or other sweeteners of choice.

And since every person has a different taste palate, it’s really important to taste and adjust the amount of sugar to your liking.
Then it’s time to enjoy it!

This sweet porridge really warms my body up and I hope it will warm you up too!

If you like sweet soups as I do, check out my Chinese Sweet Peanut Soup, Black Sesame Soup, and Red Bean Soup.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. If you make this recipe, don’t forget to tag @Barrelleaf + #barrelleaf on Instagram. I always love to see them and to know how it goes.

大小紅豆薏仁湯 Job’s Tears Red Bean Porridge

This Job's Tears Red Bean Porridge is one of my favorite winter soup to make. It's simple yet still delicious with only 4 ingredients!
作者: Nora Hsu
準備6 hours
料理20 minutes
Resting time30 minutes
總共6 hours 50 minutes
哪道菜: Soup
料理別: Asian
Keyword: 10 ingredients or less, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan
份量: 6 people


  • 120 ml (½ cup) red beans (adzuki bean) 紅豆
  • 120 ml (½ cup) pinto beans 花豆
  • 80 ml (⅓ cup) Job's tears 薏仁
  • 960 (4 cups) water 水
  • 5 Tbsp sugar 糖, or more to taste, I like to use dark brown sugar and rock sugar
  • A pinch of salt 鹽, optional


  • Soak the beans and Job's tears for 6-8 hours. I usually soak them before I go to bed.
  • Drain out the water from the beans and Job's tears. Give them a rinse.
  • Add them to an instant pot or pressure cooker with 960 ml (4 cups) water. Cook for 20 minutes. After the cooker finishes cooking, let it sit for 30 minutes before open the lid. The beans and Job's tears should be soft but still hold their shape. if you're using a traditional rice cooker read the instructions in this recipe.
  • Add the sugar and taste. I like to add a pinch of salt as well, which is totally optional. Serve warm.


  • 將紅豆、花豆、薏仁浸泡於水中 6-8 小時。我通常是睡前浸泡
  • 將水瀝掉,稍微沖洗一下
  • 將浸泡過的紅豆、花豆、薏仁與 960 ml 水放入壓力鍋中,用壓力鍋煮 20 分鐘,煮完後讓它靜置 30 分鐘再開蓋,此時豆子與薏仁應該已經軟透。電鍋煮法請參考這篇食譜的電鍋作法。
  • 加入糖,輕柔混拌均勻,試味道,依個人口味調整糖量。我自己習慣再加一小撮鹽,這是非必要的。趁熱享用!



  • Storage: Store in an air-tight container in the firdge for 3-5 days.
  • 保存:冷藏密封保存 3-5 天


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