Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Winter Solstice (冬至) 2016

21 December 2016
Winter Solstice, often celebrated on the last 15th of the Chinese calendar where most Chinese families gather together to have a bowl of glutinous rice balls aka "tang yuan". My childhood is filled with memories of my family huddled together in our kitchen making pink and white glutinous rice balls together. Now that Zoe has become slightly older, I am starting to create family traditions where it would be fun for her and us to keep. This is our first year making glutinous rice balls together, and as I made them with Zoe, I felt terrible homesick thinking of my dad whom I had the most fond memories of making these together with my siblings and I. I can't wait to see all of them this weekend, after 3 long weeks since our last meal together!

Sharing this really simple homemade "tang yuan" recipe here for any of you who wants to try them next year, or actually any time of the year!

Glutinous Rice Balls
1 cup glutinous rice flour
1/2 cup of water
Any coloring you want may want to add (optional)

1. In a mixing bowl, gradually add water into the flour and knead it till it becomes a soft and smooth dough.
2. Roll it into a long strip, pinch them off and roll it into a ball.
3. Bring a pot of water to boil, lower heat and add the rice balls in.
4. Scoop them up once they start floating up
5. Add them into any soup base you like - ginger, green bean soup, peanut soup, or for us it was red bean soup which was really yummy!

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