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.