Dong Zhi is one of the seven major Chinese festivals, the other six being Lunar New Year, Lantern or Yuanxiao Festival, Qingming Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, Double Seventh Festival, Mid-Autumn or Mooncake Festival and Double-Ninth Festival.
The significance of Dong Zhi lies in the ancient belief that the yang, or muscular, positive things will become stronger and stronger after this day. As such, it should be celebrated.
Ever since my childhood, we have never let this festival slip by without tangyuan. This afternoon, Yian put her hands to come out with another version of tangyuan - chocolate-flavoured lotus paste stuffing with ground coconut covering. Wow! It sounds just so very tempting.
The fresh pandan juice-mixed glutinous rice flour is portioned out and flattened into wrappings. The wrappings are then stuffed and rubbed into ball-shaped tangyuan. After deep boiling, they are scooped up. Lastly, the tangyuan are covered with sugared ground coconut for perfect serving.
The picture shows the ingredients in use: Glutinous rice flour, fresh pandan juice, ground coconut, sugar, salt and chocolate-flavoured lotus paste.
The portioned-out fresh pandan juice-mixed glutinous rice flour is being flattened into wrapping and stuffed with the chocolate-flavoured lotus paste.
Rubbing with palms - it calls for certain skill!
Boiling and scooping - there is a lot of fun in it!
Finally, they are ready for serving!