Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Dong Zhi and Tangyuan - Part 2

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.

Yummy!

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!

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

i didnt know this recipe...wonder if i should try and copy and paste pics n post from yr blog hahahahahha...but i will probably face a law suit for copyright infringement hahahahahahah

bengbeng

Tony Hii said...

Bengbeng, you just go ahead with peace of mind.

Anonymous said...

Bengbeng must be really rich to afford a lawyer. Anyway, my dear Tony, sugar is bad for health. So may be you can alter the recipe. Coconut out. Sugar out. Lotus out. Keep the rest. Yeah, the way you explain it, Sibu people should eat a lot of those. Keep all the evil out.

Yan said...

Hi, Tony, that looks really yummy!

Yan

Anonymous said...

But if we follow anonymous and leave out the sugar, the coconut and the lotus...what are we left with? :)

Bengbeng

Tony Hii said...

Anonymous, we have cut down the sugar level by more than half in our recipe, so it is a lot healthier than the standard version. Anyway, Dong Zhi is only once - in - a - year affair - it is not really that unhealthy to pamper yourself moderately with healthy tangyuan. Seriously, life is not meant to be so restrictive!

Yan, thank you for your most encouraging remarks. Your blog is impressive- keep it up!

Denise said...

WOW! hahaha , this remind me of the malay kueh leh ! ahha, with gula melaka inside? haha I didnt know Tangyuan can be made in that way too ;D
*yum*yum*

Tony Hii said...

Denise, Yian was delighted to read your comments.

Anonymous said...

i tried to cook tang yuan and ended up with disastrous results ;) hahahahhahahaah.... Mrs BB said i should go take lessons from Yian before I try it again hahahahahahah


Bengbeng

Tony Hii said...

Bengbeng, you are most welcome.

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