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Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls with Gingko Nuts (Tang Yuan) 杏仁糖汤圆

by Angie Liew
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A Popular Sweet Dessert with Gingko Nuts

Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls with Gingko Nuts is a popular dessert and is traditionally eaten during Dongzhi (冬至) or Winter Solstice festival, which is one of the most important chinese celebrations. Glutinous rice balls (Tang Yuan 汤圆) is also an auspicious dessert because of the round shape of the glutinous rice balls, which signifies unity within the family. Making and eating these Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls together is a long practiced tradition for the Chinese families to commemorate Dongzhi, or arrival of winter. Coincidentally, every year, Dongzhi  always seems to fall just a few days before Christmas Day, so it is sometimes known as Chinese Christmas and festive mood is always in the air.

Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan)

Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls with Mochi Like Texture

Making Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls is so simple and fun. Simply mix glutinous rice flour with water and knead till you get a smooth dough. Then break into small pieces, form into small balls with the palm of your hands and cooked in boiling water. These Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls are then served in cooled syrup infused with pandan and/or ginger flavour.

Of course, you can make the rice balls in BIG or mini size or in multi-colours so they are really pleasant and beautiful to look at besides delicious to eat too. Making our own Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls can be really fun especially when all the family members gather to shape the balls together.

Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan)

The Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls skin owe their pleasantly gummy texture to the glutinous rice flour used, which produces a chewier dough. Nowadays, these Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls are also the hallmark dessert served at festivals, Chinese New Year, or any occasions that is celebrated with families.

Wishing All A Happy Winter Solstice! and As Always, ENJOY!

Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan)

Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan)

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Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls with Gingko Nuts (Tang Yuan) 杏仁糖汤圆

Recipe by Huang Kitchen, Angie Liew
Making Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls is so easy. Simply mix glutinous rice flour with water and knead till you get a smooth dough. Then break into small pieces, form into small balls with the palm of your hands and cooked in boiling water. These Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls are then served in cooled syrup infused with pandan leaves and/or ginger flavour.
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Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Keyword: glutinous rice balls, vegetarian, winter solstice

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Servings: 6 people

Ingredients
 

Ingredients To Make Syrup:

  • 5 cups water
  • 400 gram sugar
  • 5 stalks pandan leaves
  • 50 gram old ginger, skinned and crushed

Ingredients To Make Glutinous Rice Balls:

  • 500 gram glutinous rice flour, sifted
  • 2 cups water, lukewarm
  • 1 Carrot, blend for juice
  • 5 stalks pandan leaves/screwpine leaves, blend for juice
  • 10 blue pea flowers, boil to extract blue colour
  • 2 drops red colouring

Other Ingredients:

  • 100 gram gingko nuts
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water

    Instructions
     

    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - syrup ingredients
      First, prepare all ingredients needed to make syrup.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - make syrup
      Put water, sugar, crushed ginger and pandan leaves into a pot.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - boil syrup
      Bring to a boil.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - simmer syrup
      Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes to allow the ginger juice to infuse into the syrup.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - cool syrup
      Remove pandan leaves and allow syrup to cool.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - added ingredients
      Next, have ready ingredients to be added into the sweet glutinous rice balls dessert.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - simmer gingko
      In a separate pot, slowly simmer the peeled gingko nuts in syrup for about 30 minutes or until softened.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - gingko nuts
      When done, set aside to be added into the sweet dessert and we're ready to make the sweet glutinous rice balls.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - rice ball ingredients
      Have ready all ingredients to make the sweet glutinous rice balls.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - blend carrots
      Cut the carrot into pieces and blend well.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - strain carrot juice
      Use a strainer to strain the juice and set aside for later use.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - blend pandan
      Cut the pandan leaves (screw pine leaves) into pieces and blend well for the juice.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - strain juice
      Strain the juice for later use.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - boil blue pea flowers
      Boil the blue pea flowers in a pot slowly to extract the blue colour.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - strain blue colour from blue pea flowers
      Strain the blue colour extract for use as colouring for the dough.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - Glutinous rice flour
      Then, sieve glutinous rice flour into a large mixing bowl.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - add water
      Slowly add in lukewarm water.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - mix dough
      Mix the glutinous flour into a firm and stiff dough.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - knead dough
      Place dough on a work surface and knead well for about 10 minutes.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - divide dough
      Divide dough into two equal portions and keep one half of the dough for white glutinous balls.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - divide dough again
      Divide remaining half into 4 smaller equal portions.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - colour dough
      Add each portion with a few drops of the different natural colouring prepared earlier.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - knead colour dough
      Knead each portion of the dough separately until the colour is well distributed. Be sure to wash your hands each time after kneading a different colour to avoid discolouring.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - roll into long dough
      Then roll each portion of dough starting with the white dough into a long roll.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - pinch dough
      Pinch the dough into small pieces.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - roll dough balls
      Then roll each small piece firmly with the palm of your hands into the size of a marble ball.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - roll collour balls
      Repeat the same with the orange, blue, red and green dough. Place the rolled marble balls onto a plate lined with parchment paper. This can prevent the dough balls from sticking to the plate.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - cook rice balls
      Next, we need to cook the glutinous rice balls. First bring a wok or saucepan of water to a rolling boil.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - drop rice balls into water
      Gently drop the rolled glutinous rice balls into the boiling water.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - cook until float
      Cook until they float to the surface.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - cook more
      Once all the rice balls have risen to the surface, allow to cook for another 1 minute.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - remove with ladle
      Then, remove the cooked rice balls with a perforated ladle.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - cool water
      Drop the cooked rice balls immediately into a bowl of cool boiled water for about a minute.
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - in cool syrup
      Drain thoroughly the cooked rice balls and place in the cooled syrup. And we're done!
    • Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls Recipe (Tang Yuan) - serve with gingko nuts
      Serve the sweet glutinous rice balls in individual bowls with added gingko nuts. As always, Enjoy!

Enjoy!

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Notes

You can use any kind of syrup. Traditionally, only sugar and pandan leaves are used, making a clear, sweet soup. For taste, brown sugar and a crushed ginger are added together with pandan leaves.
You can also stuff the glutinous rice balls with fillings like ground peanuts, black sesame seeds or red beans.
Uncooked glutinous rice balls can be frozen and cooked only when needed.

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