Tang Yuan

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Tang yuan, which directly translates to soup ball, are usually homemade and consumed on special occasions like weddings and Winter Solstice Festival. Delicious colorful glutinous rice balls can be filled with black sesame paste, peanuts or simply as is!

Let's start cooking!

Ginger, pandan leaves and sugar in pot

Step 1 - Make ginger soup

  • In a pot, boil 1 L water with pandan leaves, rock sugar and ginger.

  • Let it simmer on medium heat for 15 minutes. Set aside.

Pour water in flour for dough

Step 2 - Make dough

  • In a microwave-safe bowl, mix glutinous rice flour and white sugartogether. Slowly stir in 235 ml water and mix well until smooth and no lumps. Cover bowl with plastic wrap.

  • Cook the mixture in the microwave on high (1000W), for 3 to 4 minutes. Leaving it covered, let the dough rest for 20 to 30 minutes until cool enough to handle.

  • On a clean flat working surface, sprinkle potato starch and place the cooled dough on the floured surface. Gently knead the dough for 2 minutes.

Colored dough

Step 3 - Color dough

  • Divide the dough into 3 equal portions. Dip 1 drop of red dye in 1 portion, 1 drop of green dye in another portion and leave the last portion as is. Knead each dough until dye is evenly distributed. You should have 3 coloured doughs, pink, green and white.
Use a glove when mixing dough with dye to prevent staining your hands. You can omit the food dye if you are short of time.
Wrap bean paste filling in dough skin

Step 4 - Make tang yuan

  • Divide each colored dough into 4 even balls. Coat each ball with potato starch and form it into a flat round disc.

  • Fill each disc with 1 tsp bean paste filling and seal it by rolling into a ball.

For many Chinese families, the act of eating tang yuan with family represents family togetherness.
Tang yuan in ginger soup

Step 5 - Cook tang yuan

  • To the boiling ginger soup, gently place the tang yuan in.

  • When tang yuan starts floating in the water, let it cook for another 1 minute before removing from pot. This will take 3 to 5 minutes.

Ladle and serve!

Colorful tang yuan with ginger soup in a bowl

Ladle colorful tang yuan and ginger soup in serving bowl and serve hot.

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