red bean


Definition of red bean

1 : a red kidney bean and especially one that is small and round
2 : a small dark red seed of the adzuki bean that is often combined with sugar to produce a sweet paste used in cooking

Examples of red bean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the base of many recipes is a soft, feathery milk bread, which Cho turns into swirly red bean buns and doughnuts stuffed with salted egg yolk cream. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Nov. 2021 The addition of the bar and cafe — which serves beloved Asian snacks such as red bean buns, sesame balls and sweet butter loaves — fulfills that purpose. NBC News, 14 Dec. 2021 Stuffed mochi treats, called daifuku, have sweet fillings, such as anko (a sweet red bean paste made from azuki beans). Antara Sinha, Bon Appétit, 13 Dec. 2021 This pecan paht pie featuring red bean was the result of The Korean Vegan looking for a way to serve a traditional dessert at Thanksgiving that wasn't overly sweet. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Nov. 2021 Fugetsu-Do specializes in mochi — rice pounded into a malleable paste, molded into various shapes and imparted with different flavors like red bean, strawberry or peanut. Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2021 Perhaps the most popular places to eat crepes in San Francisco now are Asian dessert shops, which load them with red bean paste and ice cream scoops decorated like adorable animals. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Oct. 2021 Pork floss, green onions, tuna salad, matcha custard, mango jam and red bean paste all make an appearance. Maggie Hiufu Wong, CNN, 20 Oct. 2021 In September or early October, tourists can feast on traditional mooncakes (typically filled with red bean paste or lotus seed paste) for the Mid-Autumn Festival. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 16 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of red bean

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of red bean was in 1658

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Last Updated

12 Jan 2022

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“Red bean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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