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Tang yuan (汤圆) is a Chinese dessert made using glutinous rice flour. We mix a small qty of water with the flour to roll into small balls, cooked in boiling water, and served in a sweet syrup. Traditionally, we usually 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).
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So while my baby was taking her nap yesterday, I hurried to the kitchen to make myself a quick and light lunch!
(Oh, do we all love it when the babies could nap for 3 hours?! :p)
As I might not have time for grocery shopping these days, I decided to make some tang yuan to make up for the carbs portion, since I ran out of bread (okayyyy, I know, excuses! haha).
A Chinese dessert that is made using glutinous rice flour, usually served in sweet syrup.
- 2.5 tbsp glutinous rice flour
- 1 tbsp water (might be lesser or more, depends on brand of flour)
- 1/4 tsp charcoal or dark cocoa powder or black food coloring gel
Place glutinous rice flour in a bowl. Add in 1/2 tbsp of the water first, mix with the flour. Gradually add in more water to mix into a soft dough. If the dough becomes sticky due to too much water, knead in more flour until it doesn't stick.
Once the main dough is ready, remove a really small portion of it. Add in charcoal powder or dark cocoa powder (or black food gel coloring). Knead till the color is evenly distributed. You might need to lightly dab your fingers with some water to pat onto the dough if it gets dry.
With clean hands, roll the main white dough into 3 balls. You can place the dough onto baking paper for easy handling.
Separate the black dough into - 1 longish strip and 2 small balls. Place onto the white dough.
Bring a small pot of water to boil. Once boiling, place the dough into the pot of water. You can use a ladle or spoon to place the tang yuan into the water, and gently shake it out of the ladle or spoon.
Cook the tang yuan until they float. Cook further for about 1 min more, to ensure that it is completely cooked. If you are not eating immediately, you can place them into a bowl of water first.
Serve with warm ginger tea/soup, longan sweet soup, red bean soup or simple syrup water.
Recipe adapted from Peaceloving Pax.
Makes 3 medium sized tang yuan in Baymax deco.