Eight treasure soup (八寶粥) is a common chinese dessert.
I started adding more things to the rice to make it more nutritious. First a little bit of split peas. Then some beans and then more and more. Eventually it had so much things that the family did not really want to eat it anymore. So I added sugar and make it in to a dessert soup so the family would eat it more.
That must be how the 8 treasure soup was create... hehe