Winter Solstice Is The Day For 湯圓 (Tang Yuan)

Today is the day for this Chinese dessert 湯圓 ( ㄊㄤ ㄩㄢˊ ; tang yuan), and it sort of sounds like 團圓 ( ㄊㄨㄢˊ ㄩㄢˊ ; tuan yuan) , which means reunite or reunion or family get-together.  As you can guess, that is what 冬至 ( ㄉㄨㄥ ㄓˋ ; dung zhi; the arrival of winter; winter solstice) is about, family getting together and having a dessert can’t hurt.

Now, don’t call it mochi, because this isn’t mochi.  I guess you can make it the traditional way using the mortar and pestle, or you can just buy store-ready rice flour, add water, and put in your favorite fillings.  Mine is the sweet black sesame filling.  Then you have to boil it in water.  Let it simmer for a good 5 minutes before taking it out.  Usually the water that the little things are boiled with are served with them, and I like to sprinkle brown sugar on top.

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About leneatiengo

Vegan, without onion, garlic, leek, coriander/cilantro, hing (asafoetida), scallion, green onion, chives
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