Adzuki 팥 (pat)
Small and red with a sweet flavor and soft texture, azuki, or adzuki, beans
are used widely in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cooking.
They can accompany savory steamed rice dishes, or they can be boiled, mashed
and sweetened for use as red bean paste(recipe), which is used in
desserts ranging from puddings and pastries to shaved ice.
The red beans are said to bring good luck and ward off evil spirits when scattered
about the house at New Year.
To prepare dried beans, soak overnight, bring to a boil and simmer 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Store dried beans in an airtight container for up to 1 year.