Happy Solstice or Dong Zhi “冬至节”everyone! Today is the first day of winter and in tradition, Chinese eat Tang Yuan and reunion meal on this day. This year I made a pumpkin tang yuan or pumpkin glutinous rice balls. I used the leftover dough from making the Chinese Pumpkin Sesame Cakes to make this. I will show some before and after pictures in the next page.
At first I thought of serving it in a thick sweet syrup but later changed my mind and served this in my Red Bean and Black Glutinous Rice Sweet Soup. Just have to make it sweeter as the tang yuan is plain.
A nice bowl of tang yuan to warm you up!
Shape it into small balls with your palm, I don't have exact recipe, basically mashed pumpkin mixed with glutinous rice flour.
Then, drop in batches in boiling water until it floats on top. Dish out and put them in cold water. Preferably, add some glutinous rice balls in a bowl and then top with red bean and black glutinous rice sweet soup to serve. You can add a dollop of coconut cream to fragrant it up if you like.