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Chinese Lump Sugar

Chinese Lump Sugar

Chinese Lump Sugar
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Chinese Lump Sugar is lumps of crystallized, refined sugar made from sugar cane.

It is opaque lumps of sugar, made in different sizes. The colour can be white or yellow; the yellow is referred to in English as Yellow Lump Sugar.

The sugar has a clear sugar taste, with no caramel tones even if it is the yellow-coloured one. It is not as sweet as regular white granulated sugar. Because it's less sweet, it doesn't overwhelm the flavour of tea as much as white sugar can.

It's made by suspending string in a raw sugar cane juice. The sugar in the juice crystallizes around the string, forming lumps of sugar crystals around it.

It is sold in bags or boxes.

Cooking Tips

You can grind it down in a mortar or pestle to make a finer sugar.

It dissolves in water, though it will take a while.


For each sugar crystal called for, swap in 1 tablespoon white granulated sugar.

Nutrition Facts
Per 1 oz (28 g), New South Brand
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27 g
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26 g
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Weight Watchers®
Per 1 oz (28 g), New South Brand

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See also:


Aspartame; Cane Syrup; Caramel; Chinese Lump Sugar; Chinese Rock Sugar; Date Sugar; Dextrose; Erythritol; Fructose; Gelling Sugar; Granulated Sugar; Icing & Frosting; Invert Sugar; Lavender Sugar; Malt Sugar; Raw Sugar; Rosemary Sugar; Sanding Sugar; Snow White Sugar; Sparkling Sugar; Sugar Cutters; Sugar; Vanilla Sugar

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Also called:

Sucre cristal (French)


Oulton, Randal. "Chinese Lump Sugar." CooksInfo.com. Published 27 June 2004; revised 09 October 2007. Web. Accessed 06/21/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/chinese-lump-sugar>.

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