Today is the Spring Lantern Festival in Asia, which takes place on the fifteenth day of the Lunar calender. This festival is also regarded as the Asian Valentine's day, a day celebrating love and affection between lovers. During the Lantern Festival, children would go out at night carrying paper lanterns and solve riddles on the lanterns. The most famous event is the Taipei Lantern Festival, the biggest and most diversified celebration of lantern crafts.
In addition to displaying and appreciating lanterns, it's the day to eat "tangyuan" which are little glutinous rice balls with a sweet center which symbolize family unity and love.
Hope you enjoy these sweet balls of love. Happy Asian Valentine day!
Serves: 2 -3
Estimated Cost: $5
Cook Time: 15 minutes
- 1 cups glutinous rice flour
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 1/2 cup of boiling water (or more if needed)
- 1 cup of room temperature water
- 1 can of Red Beans Paste
- Dissolve the sugar in 1 cup of warm water.
- Pour hot water into glutinous flour and using a wooden spoon, mix the dough. Slowly add sugar water mixture. Keep adding water untill you get a dough with right consistency.
- Roll dough into small balls. Flatten each ball in your palm, and place a pinch of red beans paste in the middle of each disc. Fold up the edges and press to seal. Once you have done this, lightly roll it into a ball.
- Bring some water to the boil in a large pot over high heat. When the water is boiling, drop the rice balls into the pot. Cook the rice balls for a few minutes. Once they float, they are cooked.
- Cook 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 cups of ginger slices and water to make a sweet syrup.
- Cool syrup before adding in the cooked rice balls. Serve at room temperature.
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