Sweet red bean jelly

Yanggaeng 양갱

Yanggaeng is one of my favorite Korean snacks. I love the texture of the sweet, soft, smooth, and blended silky beans and I much prefer this over any kind of chocolate. When I was young, and going on a school picnic, my mom used to give me a little money to buy a snack or something to eat. “Buy some of your favorite snack with this money,” she said. Yanggaeng was always one of the things that I bought.

As you see in the video, I added chestnuts. They kind of look like yellow buttons. Think of how delighted you’ll be to dig into the jelly and find a chestnut.

Show off your homemade yanggaeng to your friends and family:
“Would you be interested in tasting my Yanggaeng?”
“What’s Yanggaeng?”
“Oh, Yanggaeng is …” : )

Enjoy the recipe!



  1. Rinse the beans in a strainer under running water. Strain and put them into a heavy pot. Add 6 cups water and boil for 30 minutes over medium high heat
  2. Remove from the heat and let sit for another 30 minutes so that the hot water in the pot can cook the beans.
  3. Bring to a boil again, over medium heat, and cook for 1 hour. The beans will soften enough so that they can be easily mashed.
  4. Remove from the heat and mash the beans with a wooden spoon in the pot.yanggaengyanggaeng
  5. Add 2-3 cups cold water to the beans and strain them over a bowl. Press them down with a wooden spoon and mash them in the strainer, so the beans go through and the skins are left behind.Yanggaeng making
  6. Squeeze the skins and remove.
  7. Put the strainer, lined with cotton cloth, over the pot. Pour the bean and water mixture through the cotton cloth and let it sit for a few minutes to sieve.yanggaengsweet red bean jelly
  8. A few minutes later, lift out the cotton cloth and squeeze it tightly so the water goes out and the beans looks like a pressed ball.
  9. Put the bean ball into the pot and add sugar, kosher salt, and vanilla. Heat the pot over medium high heat.yanggaengyanggaeng
  10. Stir the bean paste with the wooden spoon for about 3-5 minutes until the sugar dissolves thoroughly.yanggaeng
  11. Put the gelatin powder into a small bowl and add ¼ cup cold water. Mix well with a spoon. Add ½ cup hot water and mix well to dissolve the gelatin nicely.gelatine
  12. Add the gelatin solution to the bean paste in the pot. Stir well. Pour it into cookie molds, paper baking mini loaf pans, or small cups. I used 4 2 inch x 4 inch x 1½ inch high paper baking loaf pans in this recipe.
  13. Let it cool down at room temperature for 30 minutes. Plant 3 chestnuts in each pan and refrigerate at least 3 hours until the jelly is solid.
  14. Serve as a dessert or snack.

sweet red bean jelly

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  1. Making it today!!!! Can’t wait to try it. I usually buy it from my local Korean grocery store when I go shopping. Will be substituting the gelatin with agar agar powder (equal parts) since I have a sister who is vegetarian… she will probably love it!!!!!

  2. snsd9forever United States joined 2/15 & has 1 comment

    when i was boiling my beans they turned yellow not red

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