Sugar porridge is also called red bean porridge. The custom of eating red bean porridge on the winter solstice festival has existed more than 1,600 years ago, and it is said to prevent the plague. During the Southern and Northern Dynasties, Liang Ren Zong Mian said in "The Ji Chu Sui Shi Ji": "The Gonggong clan had talented scholars who died on the winter solstice, because of the epidemic ghost, fearing the red bean, so the winter solstice was made porridge." The red bean porridge in Suzhou is exceptionally fine. Red beans and porridge are made separately. Red beans are made into red bean paste. The red bean paste is poured on the bowl after the porridge is served. Suzhou people call it "sugar porridge".
In Suzhou, besides the garden, there are many delicious foods. In addition to Su-style noodles and squirrel mandarin fish, there are also Suzhou desserts. You can choose from a variety of sugar porridge, red bean paste small garden and seasonal chicken head rice. It's called Shushuang, but the chicken head rice is a bit expensive.