Tāngyuán (汤圆) is made from glutinous rice flour as a frequent metaphor for family-union, traditionally families have Tangyuan on Yuanxiao (元宵) Eve (15th Day of Chinese New Year), it’s also seen as an ending to the Chinese New Year celebration. Here we present a recipe with our festive greeting, you can follow to make it at home.
-100gr glutinous rice flour
-110ml water (55ml cold water, 55ml boiling water)
-65gr read bean paste
-75gr rock sugar
Make 16 small balls out of the red bean paste.
1. Place the glutinous rice flour in a bowl and add gradually water and stir it into the flour with chopsticks. Knead the flour until it forms a dough.
2. Put a small amount of rice dough in your hand (about 12gr) and roll it into a ball. Flatten it into a disk of a diameter of about 4,5cm and 4mm thick.
3. Place the red bean paste ball in the center of the wrapper. Fold the edges up so that the red bean filling is disappeared in the rice flour and it is proper sealed.
4. Repeat this till all the dough is finished (you have to work quick, because the more the dough cold down the more difficult it gets)
5. Bring 1L water to the boil: add the glutinous rice balls and rock sugar and boil for 6-7 minutes till cooked and sugar is dissolved.
6. Serve warm