Yuan Xiao is celebrated on the 15th day of Chinese lunar new year. It is also the first full moon marking the return of spring. Tang Yuan is eaten on Yuan Xiao with loved ones because Tang Yuan (literally meaning soup rounds) is pronounced similarly to Tuan Yuan (gather round). Tang Yuan are ball-shaped dumplings made with glutinous rice flour, stuffed with different fillings such as sugar, sesame seeds, nuts, bean paste, and dates. The dumplings are usually boiled, but can also be fried and steamed. Both the round shape of the dumplings and the bowls symbolize wholeness and togetherness.
First of all, two separate coloured glutinous rice flour dough is prepared. One is just glutinous rice flour with water, the other has cocoa powder added.
No kneading necessary, just mixing water with glutinous rice flour until the dough becomes cohesive. Divide dough into smaller portions and shape according to your liking.
We made small cubes, discs, and animal shapes.
Drop the dumplings in boiling water. They are ready when they float to the surface. Drain them, and eat them as is, or serve them with red bean soup.