Sweet Rice Balls (Yuanxiao)
1 hour 30 min. Recipe Yield:
18-20 pcs Difficulty:
Glutinous sweet rice balls (Yuanxiao or Tangyuan) – a Chinese cuisine recipe, balls are prepared on the day of the Lantern Festival, which completes the celebration of the Chinese New Year. In China, it is believed that the round shape of Yuanxiao and the special bowls in which they are usually served symbolize family unity. Eating sweet rice balls, they will bring family happiness and good luck in the New Year. By this very belief, these rice balls are also served at Chinese weddings and any other family reunion event.
While the filling hardens, you can cook the dough for yuanxiao. Pour rice flour into a bowl and add a small amount of water at a time, knead the dough until it acquires a texture similar to modeling clay, not too soft, but smooth and easy to handle. The recipe gives an approximate ratio of flour and water. Add flour or water if necessary.
You can cook rice balls just in water, but you can also cook in a sweet broth. For broth, tangerines peel and film, finely chop the ginger or grate. Remove the seeds from the cardamom boxes. Put all the ingredients in water and put on medium heat. Bring the broth to a boil and cook for about 10 minutes.