Tang Yuan | Chinese Sweet Dumplings
A delicious Chinese dessert made with glutinous rice dumplings in a sweet ginger broth!
Tang Yuan | Chinese Sweet Dumplings
A delicious Chinese dessert made with glutinous rice dumplings in a sweet ginger broth!
Servings Prep Time
2people 15minutes
Cook Time
20minutes
Servings Prep Time
2people 15minutes
Cook Time
20minutes
Ingredients
  • 1/2cup Rice Flour
  • 1/4cup Cane Sugar¼ cup
  • 1.5cups Water1 ¼+ ¼( or less for making dough)
  • 2″piece Fresh Ginger(pounded slightly)
  • 2 -3 drops Red/Yellow Food Colors(optional)
Instructions
How I made –
  1. In a thick bottomed pot, add ¼ cup of cane sugar and slightly crushed ginger.
  2. To make sugar syrup, add 1 ¼ cups of water to the pot, mix it well.
  3. Bring the sugar syrup to a boil on low flame and keep boiling for another 3-4 mins until nice aroma comes up.
  4. Meanwhile, in a bowl add rice flour and add water little by little.
  5. Mix it well and let the dough come together.
  6. Knead it for 2-3 mins until the dough is smooth and pliable.
  7. Separate it into three equal parts of dough.
  8. Add yellow and red food colors to two balls of dough.
  9. Pinch a small piece of dough and make 1 cm sized balls out of the dough, making sure there are no cracks.
  10. Prepare equal rice balls with rest of the dough.
  11. Gently drop the rice balls in the sugar syrup and bring it to a slow boil.
  12. As the rice balls get cooked, they float over the top. Remove from heat.
  13. Remove the ginger pieces and serve this dessert either warm or cold.
Note –
  1. Do use sticky rice flour or glutinous rice flour if available.
  2. I used cane sugar for making the syrup, but regular white sugar can be used.
  3. Adjust the amount of sugar depending on the sweet preference. This dessert is slightly on the lower side of sweetness.
  4. Food colors are optional.
  5. Some versions of this dessert have rice balls stuffed with black sesame or peanuts. I kept it very simple and loved it as it is.