Song gao

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Song gao
Song gao.jpg
Slices of song gao
Place of origin China
Region or state Shanghai
Main ingredient(s) Rice flour, sugar, water, azuki beans

Sōng gāo (, literally "loose cake"; Shanghainese: [soŋ ɡɔ]) is a Shanghai snack composed of rice flour, sugar, and water, with azuki beans embedded throughout the cake. Giant pink-colored azuki beans with a diameter of about 1 inch (25 mm) are embedded on top of the cake; conventional sized azuki beans are embedded inside the cake. The cake also has a red bean (azuki) paste filling. This dessert is steamed as a large round cake and is then partitioned into sections for eating. Madame Chiang Kai-shek, who loved to eat sōng gāo, had the Grand Hotel of Taipei to include her version of the cake on the hotel’s menu, which the hotel continues to offer to this day.