03 December 2013

Homemade Tang Yuan (Glutinous Rice Balls) 汤圆

Tang Yuan a bouncy chewy glutinous rice balls is traditionally eaten during Yuan Xiao 元宵 and Chinese Winter Solstice Festival 冬至. It has the meaning of family reunion. The Tang Yuan is cooked in a pot of boiling water then serve with sweet ginger soup. My family always cook the Tang Yuan without any filling in it, I like it that way too. 

Time flies, is end of the year again. This coming Chinese Winter Solstice, I will be living in Qatar, Doha and reunion with my family, lets celebrate it by eating the Tang Yuan! 

This recipe is a keeper as the Tang Yuan is very chewy and it doesn't turn hard when it cool down. I changed the original recipe for the sweet ginger soup with winter melon tea cubes, it turned out very nice too! 




Recipe adapted from Noob Cook Recipe with minor changes
(3 small serving)

1 cup glutinous rice flour (250g)
1/2 cup water, add gradually
1/2 tbsp super fine sugar
food colouring: 1 drop pandan paste, 1 drop strawberry paste, 1 red+1 yellow food colouring to make orange

Sweet soup:
80g ginger, thinly sliced
1 litre water
80g gula Melaka chunk (use 50g Taiwanese Winter Melon Tea cubes, you can add more if you like the soup to taste sweeter)
2 pandan leaves, ties in knot

1. In a bowl, add the glutinous rice flour and sugar. Gradually add in the water. Knead the mixture into a smooth dough. The dough should feel wet and smooth with hands. 
2. Divide the dough into four, one plain, one with pandan paste, one with strawberry paste and one with orange food colouring. Set aside.
3. In a small soup pot, boil the water, ginger, pandan leaves and drop in the winter melon tea cube. When the water is boiling, discard the pandan leaves and set aside.
4. Prepare a bowl of drinking water (room temperature), and boil another pot with water. Divide the flour dough into smaller balls, roll it in your palms to make it round. Drop the balls into the boiling water in step 4. When the glutinous rice balls floated on the water, it means it is cooked, keep it in the boiling water for another 1/2 min. Scoop the glutinous rice balls out from the boiling water and place it in the bowl of drinking water. Let it be there until serving. 
5. Serving: Scoop out the Tang Yuan (glutinous rice balls) and place it into the ginger winter melon soup you prepared in step 3.  


  1. 我也先预祝你和家人冬至快乐,团团圆圆 :)

  2. 就早些祝你与家人冬至快乐!

  3. 我也预祝远方的你。。。冬至快乐。

  4. Hi Tze, Take care and 冬至快乐!

  5. Hi Tze,

    We are never the Tang Yuen people... I have asked my husband if he wants to eat these but he said no...??? Cooking just a bowl for yourself is kind of silly and so I gave up cooking Tang Yuen at home :p

    Sad that I can only admire yours... Nevertheless, 冬至快乐


  6. i love these mini glutinous rice balls....you can open a shop in Doha!!

  7. Hi Tze, 我也于祝你冬至节快乐。Take care and enjoy.

  8. hi tze, you already in dubai! i hope everything is going good so far...i may not be makiing tong yuen this year...i want to try the packaged ones that contain all sorts of fillings :))

  9. Hi Tze, thanks for sharing this post and idea that I can deviate a little when preparing 'traditional' dishes like this. Hope when I deviate, my MIL can accept it, hehehe!. Wherever you are, take care Penang lang

  10. Tze,也预祝你冬至快乐,汤圆搓的很圆很美。

  11. Hi Ah Tze,
    Happy New Year!
    Have a great 2014!


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