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Tangyuan (Glutinous Rice Flour Balls) in Sweet Ginger Syrup...


Tangyuan, as the unique name it has, is a famous Chinese dessert. Tangyuan are little round dumplings, made from glutinous rice flour. They are formed into small balls and cooked in boiling water prior to adding in sweet ginger syrup or just sweet broth. Some prefer to fill the balls with sesame paste, red bean paste or peanut paste. Some prefer unfilled, just plain balls. I belong to the latter! So do my Mum...she'd always tell me that this is her favourite dessert.

I love colorful unfilled Tangyuan. Some calls it Rainbow Tangyuan.





To make the balls, you will need glutinous rice flour and sufficient water. Add food colorings to make them attractive. Knead together and form small balls. You may also add little oil while kneading.
Boil water in a large pot. Add in the balls and cook until the balls float. Strain the balls and set aside.
There are few more ways, just google them ;)




Now, to tell you frankly, I'm little lazy to make these balls all myself. Unless there's a helping hand, I wouldn't mind rolling it. But why need to worry when there's ready made Tangyuan available in the store?

I found my favourite brand, KG Pastry's Mini Rainbow Rice Ball (Tangyuan), 320gm in Tesco. Lucky me, it's the plain type. They do sell the filled ones too. Can't remember what fillings though, lol!

Alright, let me share with you on how I made the Sweet Ginger Syrup. It's my kinda broth which I can just finish off in seconds. You can even drink it just like that, truly refreshing.









Firstly, I boiled some water and cooked the ready made glutinous rice balls until they float. 


Next, I prepared the syrup. Here's how.

SWEET GINGER SYRUP

  • 1.5 litres of water
  • 130gm granulated sugar (you may use rock sugar or palm sugar too)
  • 50gm ginger ~ thinly sliced
  • 1 inch long cinnamon stick
  • 1 pc lemongrass ~ slightly bruised
  • 2 pandan leaves (screwpine) ~ knotted

  1. Put all ingredients in a large pot.
  2. Cook and boil a few times. 
  3. Check for sweetness. 
  4. Gently add in the cooked glutinous rice balls. 
  5. Mix and turn off the heat.
  6. Serve warm.

 

I'm enjoying it!!! ^_^



I had no enough time nor patience while photographing my Tangyuan! Irresistible :)






Hope you enjoyed my post!
Much love,
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70 comments :

  1. Hi Sonia,
    Pertama kali saya kenali tangyuan semasa pameran makanan tradisional Malaysia yang diadakan di sekolah saya pada tahun 2008! Cantik, warna-warni!

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  2. Hi Love... Love sihat. Lama tak komen kat sini.
    Hari ni bukak2 tertarik tgk bola2 tu (hehehehee)... Sue pernah buat sekali. Sedap. Love punya tu comel ja..Senang nak makan. (^_^)

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    1. Sihat di sini Sue! Yeah, bebola KG Pastry ni memang kecik dan comel...senang nak makan bertambah2 :)

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  3. I suka tangyuan....srlup.....hehehe....rajinnya..

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    1. Hahaha tak rajin pun Rahel. Guna bebola ready made je. Kita hanya boil dia je...haha :)

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  4. Hi Love, tentu sedap kalau simpan dulu dalam fridge... ala-ala aiskrim...

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    1. Love suka kalau letak ais kiub jugak, tapi lebih suka panas2 ;)

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  5. Different dessert.
    Am new follower. Visit my space in u r free time.

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    1. It's very famous among the Chinese dear. Btw, welcome to my space!

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  6. interesting recipe.. love this colorful dessert

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  7. Hi Love missed you dear...like it very much...colouful dessert :)

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  8. Sis this is my favourite too...it has been many years since i had this.....will make these soon....

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    1. I'm having some again now dear sis...hehehe! :)

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  9. I like this simple way of tang yuan too, but i prefer to make it from sctrach!

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    1. Lol Sonia, I know making it from the scratch is the best. But I'm lil malas for that...haha! This brand tastes very good nevertheless ;)

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  10. This is something new to me. But looks so colorful and attractive.. :)

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  11. Beautiful colourful Tang Yuan :D...
    Our family tradition ~ first thing that goes in the mouth on CNY is Tang Yuan... start our year with something sweet :D

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    1. Thanks Lisa! Yeah, something sweet to start off the year na! :)

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  12. I remember helping my grandparents roll the little balls when I was a kid. I used to be naughty and made multi-coloured balls. I like eating the tang yuan, nice and chewy with the gingery syrup.

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    1. Hahaha you are a naughty kid then PH!!! Me too love it to the max!!! Heaven dessert ;)

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  13. Its very different dessert.. How about the taste of this akka? but looks so appealing...

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    1. The taste of the balls is soft and chewy ma. The syrup is sweet and gingery taste. You should give it a try ;)

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  14. a light and delicious dessert...the pictures are so tempting dear..!

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  15. They look so colorful and beautiful dear. yummy yum

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  16. Your kids must have loved these colourful balls, isn't it? Wow, these look so good! Something to try, for sure!
    (The recent FB pic of your daughter waving hand and saying "hi" was too cute!)

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    1. Hi dear, yeah my son loves this dessert unlike my daughter...lol. Owh thanks for the compliments dear ;)

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  17. Wow... This is the first time I came across a non-Chinese who loves tang yuan. Thumbs up to u!

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    1. Hello Ivy, owhhhh thanks dear, my mum loves it all the time. Same goes to me ;)

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  18. hi Sri...usually saw this dessert with filling...but plain surely tastes as nice...reminds me of onde2 too!

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    1. Hi kak, love tak minat yang with fillings. Suka yang unfilled je :)

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  19. Alahaiiiii lawonyerrr kiutnyerrrr sedapnyerrrr.... Geram akak nengok! Ada lg tak love??

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    1. Hihi karang dah takde kak. Hari tu kena buat dua kali...coz suka sangat :)

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  20. Hi Love..lama k.atie xsinggah kat sini.Cantik kalernya..tambah menyelera utk Love sekluarga menikmatinya kn?(^_^)

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  21. Wow, that looks so colorful and definitely sounds yumm!! What is glutinous rice btw? is it a special kind of rice?

    Regards,
    Manju
    http://manjuseatingdelights.blogspot.com/

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  22. Very new recipe to me,looks colorful!!

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  23. colorful dish..looks yummy..new recipe to me...
    new follower to your blog..
    If you get chance, visit my space..
    http://foody-buddy.blogspot.com

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  24. Colorful yummy looking dish...Very new to me..

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  25. oh..love terimakaseh sudi dtg ke dapur akak..Ingatkan love sudah lupa.maklum dah lama akak bercuti ..hehe
    nampak sedap dgn warna2 yg bercampur gaul gitu..
    boleh cuba nnt ni

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  26. Looks delicious! Wonderful snaps!! I am your new follower! Do follow/visit my blog at - http://www.rita-bose-cooking.com/

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  27. Hi Love, delicious tang yuan. I enjoy the refreshing soup more than the tang yuan. ;) :)
    Love your ideas add in the lemongrass, must be very fragrant. I will try that next time.

    Have a lovely weekend, regards. With hugs to you.

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  28. wowwww love, you ni al rounder..ini tangyuan pun you suka. i haven't tried this before ...i mean with this ginger syrup...and definitely not a hit at home. selalu buat glutinous ball ni berkuahkan santan.....maybe shud try this ginger syrup next time. Thx for sharing

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    1. Hihi thanks kak...kita kan 1Malaysia...:) Do try it with the ginger syrup kak...memang bes!

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  29. This looks so amazing - Love the clicks. I wouldn't get all the ingredients here though :(

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    1. Hi Priya, thanks dear. The basic you need for the syrup would be ginger and sugar ;)

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  30. Every pics speaks for itself dear..Have seen this rice balls in many stalls here in KL but never tried..droolicious..thanks for ur comment dear..glad to follow u as well

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    1. Hello Shanavi, thanks for visiting back dear. :)

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  31. Colorful dessert..great pictures :)

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