02 Jan '13, 5am
Latest Recipe: Tang Yuan (Glutinous Rice Balls)
or glutinous rice balls (汤圆) is a Chinese snack often eaten during Winter solstice aka “dong zhi ” (冬至) , which usually falls on the 21st or 22nd of December; “yuan xiao ” (元宵) which is the 15th day of Chinese New Year; or any auspicious family celebrations. The round and sticky dumpling balls symbolise family closeness and togetherness. They can be filled or unfilled. Even though our supermarkets sell frozen tang yuan in all sorts of fancy fillings these days, it is really worthwhile to make your own as it is fun and easy. This is a noob-friendly recipe which uses the pre-made fresh dough which is only sold at our local wet markets during the dong zhi and yuan xiao period. I highly recommend anyone who is new to tang yuan making to start with this method, so that you will know what consistency the dough should be if you ever wish to make them from scratch in future.