How to Break Down Yellow Rock Sugar

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Things You'll Need

  • Tea towel

  • Hammer

  • Airtight container

Yellow rock sugar is also known as Chinese rock sugar. Unlike Western granulated sugar, rock sugar is sold in solid, honey-colored chunks. To use the sugar in recipes, you must break it apart. Using rock sugar will require the use of force and a heavy tool. "The Chinese Kitchen" recommends using a hammer rather than a rolling pin for breaking apart lumps of yellow rock sugar. Authors Deh-Ta Hsiung and Ken Hom note that the hardness of the rock sugar could damage the wood of common kitchen rolling pins.


Step 1

Place a lump of yellow rock sugar into a towel.

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Step 2

Fold the edges of the towel over the sugar to prevent broken chunks from falling out and to protect the counter.

Step 3

Tap the sugar with a hammer through the towel until the lump breaks down into smaller pieces.


Step 4

Add the broken down chunks of rock sugar to hot dishes or drinks so the heat further melts the sugar. Each lump of yellow rock sugar replaces 1 tablespoon of white or brown sugar in recipes.

Step 5

Break more sugar than you need and store the extra in an airtight container at room temperature indefinitely.