Candied Li Hing Mui Star Fruit Recipe

September 30, 2022Van
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Serves: 10

A special treat you never knew you needed to try!! I’m sharing another completely original recipe for Candied Li Hing Mui Star Fruit! Star Fruit is a juicy tropical fruit native to Southeast Asia, they have a similar texture and flavor to pear. Li Hing Mui Powder is a popular condiment in Hawaii often sprinkled on fruit, shave ice, gummy candies – think of it as the the Tajin of Hawaii. Li hing mui powder is made from dried salted plums (xi muoi) it tastes sweet & sour with a hint of saltiness. *Watch my short Instagram Recipe Video here

Candied Li Hing Mui Star Fruit Recipe

Li Hing Mui Powder will be hard to find locally unless you’re in Hawaii, you can order it hereCandied Li Hing Mui Star Fruit Recipe
Use a kitchen thermometer to make sure the sugar syrup reaches 300°F.  If it doesn’t reach the proper temp, the candy coating might not set. 
Candied Li Hing Mui Star Fruit Recipe

Candied Li Hing Mui Star Fruit Recipe

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Candied Li Hing Mui Star Fruit Recipe

  • Serves: 10


  • 2-3 Star Fruit
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon White Vinegar
  • ⅓ Cup Water
  • 2 Teaspoons Li Hing Mui Powder


  • 1)

    Wash and dry the star fruit. Cut them into ¾ inch slices and use a paper towel to dry off each one, if it’s too wet on the surface the sugar syrup won’t stick. Place a skewer into each slice of star fruit.

    *Watch my short Instagram Recipe Video here

  • 2)

    Place ⅓ Cup of Water, 1 Teaspoon Vinegar and 1 Cup of Sugar into a small sauce pan, and use medium-high heat to boil mixture until it reaches 300ºF (hard crack stage) use a kitchen thermometer to check on the temp, then turn the heat to the lowest setting. Add 2 Teaspoons (or more to your preference) of Li Hing Mui Powder to the sugar syrup, give it a quick stir.

  • 3)

    Quickly & carefully dip the star fruit into the syrup to make sure it’s completely covered, let any excess syrup drip off and set them on parchment paper to cool and harden. You can also use a steel ladle to pour the sugar syrup over the star fruit to coat them. Be very careful working with the syrup since it’s extremely hot. The candied star fruit will harden in a few minutes and they should be enjoyed immediately (these can’t be made ahead of time since they weep shortly after they’re made). Enjoy!

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