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Dong Yuen (Glutinious Rice Ball Soup)

Dong Zhi is the thanksgiving of the Chinese calendar. "Dong Zhi" literally means "arrival of winter". Coinciding with the winter solstice, it is an occasion for the family to get together to celebrate the good year they have had. Tang Yuan is cooked and eaten to symbolise unity and harmony within the family. Dong Zhi occurs 6 weeks before Chinese New Year and would normally fall between 21st Dec and 23rd Dec. Look at my first attempt making this meaningful dessert....not bad right?..It's really easy and simple..I only watch my mom make it when I was at home years ago...I remember my mom said when we consume Dong Yuen ,we are older by one year old..."I said..oh!..No...No...I'm not going to get older by a year just eating Dong Yuen,then I refused to eat"!!..So I'm not a fan of "Dong Yuen"!!.hahaha!!..But now I have Mishu,so I want her to know and understand our culture and food...This is what I made yesterday.. Tang Yuan, sweet soup of glutinous rice flour balls, is indispensable during this festival.For good luck, families prefer to have some pink tang yuan to mix with the white ones.

I use some glutinous rice flour with some cold water to form a dough.Then separate the dough to 3 part.Each separated dough,mixed with my favourite food coloring.Roll it to a size of marble. Prepare 4 liter of water over the stove for boiling.Drop each of the marble coloring dough into boiling water and once it float is done. Scoop out and dip in cold water,so it's won't stick together.Cook palm syrup with pandan leaves in 3 liter of water.Drop the cooked color dough into the palm sugar syrup and serve hot or warm...Ta...da..."Dong Yuen" ready!!..Hmmmm...not too sweet ,the palm flavour is just nice!! Viola!!



Anonymous said...
December 23, 2007 at 11:08 PM

One year older? family don't quite like tong yun. Therefore, never made it. Wah, yours looks yummy yum-yum.

Merry Xmas and a Happt New Year!

Anonymous said...
December 24, 2007 at 12:01 PM

*claps claps* Well done for the first time! Very colorful tang yuans you have there!

Anonymous said...
December 25, 2007 at 3:04 PM

Gooossh!!! I gonna make it next year already! Visited lot of blogs and every one make their own Tang Yuen!
Yours look really GOOD!

Anonymous said...
December 25, 2007 at 9:07 PM

jadepearl:Thank you:)
I don't like 'tong yuen 'too...but once a year is

Thank you..lazy abit just made 3 bowls..hubby said "no Thanks"

Thank you:))*blushing*

Anonymous said...
December 26, 2007 at 7:55 AM

Wow, like the colours of the rainbow. I don't know how to make them. Hehe. I only remember rolling them as a child.

Anonymous said...
December 26, 2007 at 12:54 PM


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Hi!! My name is Lesley and I'm a simple SAHM(stay at home mom) who currantly live in Long Island,New York with my daughter Mishu and hubby Eliot .I'm Malaysian who live in US and A for many many moon and I'm also a person who love to eat, cook and bake. If you have any suggestions ,questions or comments please feel free to email me at beachlover1917(at)yahoo(dot)com. To know more about my life or my kitchen you can always hop over to my other 2 blog.