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Tangyuan (Rice Balls) in Ginger Soup

Lunar New Year is coming up and in our family we usually celebrate it with traditional food. One of my favorite food is 湯圓 (tangyaun), a dessert made from glutinous rice rolled into round shape. There are many variations of this dessert. In Chinese restaurants it comes in different type of fillings such as black sesame, peanuts, or red beans.

Ingredients:

Ginger Soup
1/4 piece brown sugar (or according to taste)
1 1/2 cups water
One 2-inch piece ginger, peeled and slightly pounded
Glutinous Rice Balls
2 cups glutinous rice (sticky rice) flour
7 oz water
Red and Yellow food coloring (optional)

Instructions:

Ginger Soup
Boil the water in a pot. Add ginger and bring it to boil on medium heat until you smell and the aroma. Add sugar and let it simmer for another 15 minutes minutes. Add more or reduce the sugar, to taste. Set aside.
Glutinous Rice Balls
1. Prepare: In a big bowl, mix glutinous flour with water and knead with hands to form a dough. The dough is done when it doesn’t stick to your hands anymore. Divide the dough into 3 portions, with the plain dough the biggest portion. (optional: Add 2-3 drops of each food coloring to make the pink and yellow dough).
2. Shape: Roll the dough into round balls. Set aside on a flat surface lined with paper or a slightly damn cloth.
3. Cook: Boil another pot of water, drop the rice balls into the boiling water. As soon as they float, transfer them into the syrup water. Serve immediately.
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@inthekitchen it's just for decoration, but it usually come in pink, yellow, and green (in stores).
Yum!! This sounds great. I want to try it.
If I have time I'll make this for dessert on Thursday!
My best friend/old roommate always invites me over to her house for lunar new year and her mom seriously stuffs me with rice cakes! So good!
I love the colors! Do they represent anything or is it just for decoration?
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