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Red Bean Filling ( Tau Sar Filling)

1 1/2 cups red beans, washed well
4 cups water
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup sugar

1. Soak  beans with water overnight . This helps shorten the cooking time.
2. The next day, bring the beans and water to a boil. Simmer for 1 - 2 hours, until the beans have softened, adding more water as necessary. Drain. Make sure always have just enough water to cover all the beans.
3. Blend them into a puree in a hand held blender or food processor.

4. Press the puree through a sieve, discarding the skins, which will be left in the sieve.
5.  Place the thickened puree back into a saucepan, together with the sugar and vegetable shortening, and heat over low heat, stirring until it becomes a thick paste. Stir and scrape vigorously so that it does not stick to the bottom.
6. Remove from heat and let cool before filling buns.
*Stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator, homemade sweet red bean paste will last for approximately 1 week.

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