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Tang Yuan (汤圆) is a type of Chinese rice dumpling, commonly made using glutinous rice flour and water. They are usually eaten together with sweet dessert soup. There is also another type of dumpling – the Hakka dumpling where it is eaten with a savory soup base – commonly seen in Taiwan.
A small qty of water is mixed with the glutinous rice flour to form a soft pliable dough. We then roll them into small balls, to be cooked in a pot of boiling water, and then finally serve in a sweet dessert soup or syrup.
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What is Tang Yuan (汤圆)?
Traditionally, we eat this on the 15th day of Chinese New Year and on winter solstice (冬至). It can also be served to a newly wed couple on their wedding day. Tang yuan usually signifies family reunion, or a “happy ending” (圆满).
These days, we see many tang yuan “modernised” with cute elements and designs. These deco tang yuan are also popular on the Instagram! This time, I paired the tang yuan with some Gingen ginger tea.
Traditionally, from my childhood memory, we seem to eat the tang yuan with ginger soup or simple pandan syrup water. I think some of us eat it with red bean soup as well. For the Japanese, it is quite popular now to serve shiratama with fruity syrup, along with fruits, kanten and ice cream.
Oh ya.. I am also happy to have made the yellow dough from natural pumpkin powder! I wanted to use charcoal powder for the facial details, however, I couldn’t find them in my fridge. So I’ve used black food coloring here.