happy lunar new year

sesame glutinuous rice balls  
tong yuen – 湯圓 – symbolizes roundness/union….n often symbolizes family unions…n used in alot of gatherings…like weddings…
i had to redeem myself from having frozen ones n found this recipe sesame glutinuous rice balls
1. grind 4 tablespoons of black sesame seed until it’s glossy powder
2. on medium heat, bring the sesame, 1/3 cup of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of water and 1/2 teaspoon of salt (i would sugguest 1/4 teaspoon cuz my batch came out a bit salty)
3. boil and stir until you reach melted chocolate consistency
4. remove from stove into another bowl…refrigerate
5. 1 cup of glutinuous rice flour (GREEN bag!)
6. mix with 1/2 can of coconut milk…it should have a consistency of play doh..n not too sticky or watery…if it’s too sticky…add more flour….i made several adjustments throughout…so it’s all by feel
7. roll into balls on palm of hands
8. make an indentation into the ball and spoon in the sesame mixture (should be taffy like after removing from fridge…it was hard to work with…i used 2 spoons to drop into the dough)
9. carefully use the dough to enclose the sesame paste n roll into balls
10. boil water with 1 stick of peen tong (cane sugar) and 2 pieces of ginger
11. drop the tong yuen into the broth until it floats
the skin is perfect…smooth n tasty….the texture is there…but the filling was a bit salty…i like mine sweeter….next time i’m going to reduce the salt…
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One response to “happy lunar new year

  1. Totally gorgeous! Happy New Year!

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