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Making tang yuan

Updated on December 21, 2012
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Tang Yuan

Tang yaun are traditional glutinous rice dumplings that are served in a sweet soup during the Chinese Winter Solstice festival known as Dong Zhi. I used to eat them in Malaysia and the pandan leaves give a Malaysian flavour to the dish.

The final result!
The final result!
The ingredients are really simple: Glutinous rice flour, caster sugar, warm water and food colour for the dumplings and Pandan leaves, ginger and brown sugar for the soup.
The ingredients are really simple: Glutinous rice flour, caster sugar, warm water and food colour for the dumplings and Pandan leaves, ginger and brown sugar for the soup.
I wanted to make white red and green dumplings so divided the dough into three.
I wanted to make white red and green dumplings so divided the dough into three.
Add a good squirt of food colour
Add a good squirt of food colour
Knead the colour into the dough.
Knead the colour into the dough.
Remember to rinse out the bowl so you dont get the colours mixed up, and then repeat.
Remember to rinse out the bowl so you dont get the colours mixed up, and then repeat.
Again knead the colour through the dough.
Again knead the colour through the dough.
Roll the dough into small balls and leave it to rest at room temperature.
Roll the dough into small balls and leave it to rest at room temperature.
Meanwhile get the soup going. I tie the pandan into a knot. I am not sure why! It's just how we did it in Malaysia. If you know why please put the answer in the comments! Add the ginger and sugar to taste. Bring to boil and then simmer for twenty min
Meanwhile get the soup going. I tie the pandan into a knot. I am not sure why! It's just how we did it in Malaysia. If you know why please put the answer in the comments! Add the ginger and sugar to taste. Bring to boil and then simmer for twenty min
Cook the dumplings separately as they make the water very cloudy (which you don't want the soup to be. When you start them they will sink to the bottom of the pan.
Cook the dumplings separately as they make the water very cloudy (which you don't want the soup to be. When you start them they will sink to the bottom of the pan.
When they are ready they will float.
When they are ready they will float.
The final result, add some dumplings to a bowl of soup and enjoy!
The final result, add some dumplings to a bowl of soup and enjoy!

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Serves about three people (who are not too greedy)

Ingredients

  • 200g Glutinous rice flour
  • enough to make a slightly sticky dough warm water
  • to taste caster sugar
  • 3 leaves at least pandan leaves
  • to taste fresh ginger
  • to taste brown sugar

A really easy recipe

  1. Weigh out about 200g of the glutinous rice flour and add some caster sugar. The sugar is the only flavour the dumplings have apart from the soup, so adjust to your own preference.
  2. Mix the flour and sugar and then slowly add warm water and mix until you have a slightly sticky dough.
  3. Divide the dough equally into the number of colours you want to have. Add one portion of the dough back into the bowl and add the first colour. Knead the colour thoroughly through the dough.
  4. Pull off small pieces of the dough and roll into small balls.
  5. Wipe the bowl so there is no colour left and do the same with the next main piece of dough, adding the next colour.
  6. When you have made all the dumplings, put a large pan of water on to boil and add the pandan leaves, ginger and brown sugar.
  7. Bring to boil and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Check the flavour during this time in case you need to add more ginger and sugar.
  8. Let the soup rest and in a separate pan boil water for the dumplings. You cook them separately because they make the water very cloudy. Put one batch of dumplings in when the water is boiling fiercely.
  9. At first the dumplings will sink to the bottom of the pan. They are done when they float.
  10. Pour some of the soup (without any of the pandan or ginger pieces) into a soup dish, add the dumplings and serve.
  11. You may want to change the cloudy water for boiling the next batch of dumplings
  12. Enjoy! If anything doesn't make sense ask me through the comments section.

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