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Chinese Rock Sugar

Chinese Rock Sugar

Chinese Rock Sugar
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Chinese Rock Sugar is irregular lumps of crystallized, refined sugar.

It is an opaque, gold-coloured sugar that comes in comes in irregularly-shaped lumps of varying sizes that you have to whack before using.

The crystals can be up to 2 1/2 cm (1 inch) wide.

It has a clear taste, with no caramel tones. 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.

To make it, sugar cane is cooked until it just starts to colour.

Kwangtung Province in China is known for its production of Chinese Rock Sugar.

It is sold in bags or boxes.

Cooking Tips

Rock Sugar

Rock Sugar
© Denzil Green

Chinese Rock Sugar is used marinades, sauces, soups and in tea, and in poultry dishes in northern China. It can also be used to decorate cakes.

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.

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:

Crystal Sugar; Sucre de roche (French)


Oulton, Randal. "Chinese Rock Sugar." CooksInfo.com. Published 27 June 2004; revised 09 October 2007. Web. Accessed 06/19/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/chinese-rock-sugar>.

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