Dongzhi Festival Glutinous Rice Balls 汤圆: A Symbol Of Unity
Time really flies! Before we know it, its already coming to the end of the year again.
Before ushering the coming new year, the Chinese always celebrates the Dongzhi festival (冬至) which is a very important event in the Chinese calendar. It is a time when family members hold a reunion and gather together to make and eat glutinous rice balls or Tang Yuan (汤圆) which literally means “round dumplings in sweet soup” to mark the winter solstice. These round and chewy colourful dumpling balls are very significant for the occasion as they symbolise family togetherness. unity and happiness.
One Of The Easiest Chinese Dessert To Make
These fun and colourful glutinous sweet balls are mochi-like chewy, doughy and sticky. They are made from glutinous rice flour that everyone enjoys as dessert. These little rice balls are also one of the easiest Chinese dessert to make. All you need is glutinous rice flour and water to make the rice balls. They are then cooked and enjoyed in a classic ginger and screw pine leaves infused syrup with a tinge of sweet fragrance from the sweet osmanthus.
Last, but not least, homemade glutinous rice balls can be really fun and meaningful when your family gather to help shape the balls together. Certainly it’s a traditional Chinese dessert which is well loved by all generations.
As always, ENJOY!
P.S.: You can also use natural food colouring by using the juice of carrots, blue pea flowers and pandan leaves; like how we did in our earlier recipe, Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls with Gingko Nuts.
Or, see our other recipe on Black Sesame Glutinous Rice Balls 黑芝麻汤圆 with an unbelievably delicious molten black sesame filling.