Tang Yuan with Ground Peanut in Ginger Syrup
Submitted by Amoimoi
- 400g white glutinous rice dough (ready-mixed), or see Versatility Note for home-made method
- 2-3 tablespoons beet juice for colouring
- 300g peanuts
- 50g roasted sesame seed
- 150g brown sugar
- 2-3 inches fresh ginger, crushed
- 400ml water
- 5-6 pandan leaves, bent and tied together into a knot
- 5-10g mandarin orange peel
- Separate the glutinous dough equally into 2 parts. Add the beet juice with 1 part
and mix it thoroughly to make a pink-ish coloured dough.
- Divide both white and pink doughs into 2-cm portions, and roll them into ball-shaped
dumplings between your palms.
- Fry the peanuts in a wok (or frying pan) without oil, till all peanuts are browned but not burnt.
- Grind the toasted peanut into fine bits, mix it with the roasted sesame seed
and 50 gram of the brown sugar.
- Now fill up the middle of each dumpling with similar amount
(to the size of each dumpling) of the peanut mixture. Wrap and seal it up nicely
till either the dough or the filling is finished.
- To prepare the syrup, bring 400ml of water to a boil in a deep saucepan with the pandan leaves,
mandarin orange peel, and ginger. Add the remaining brown sugar and let it simmer
on low till the sugar is dissolved. Discard the pandan leaves and the ginger.
- In another large pot, put 1 litre of water to boil.
- Place these dumplings into the boiling water. Let it boil till the dumplings float to
the surface. Transfer them from the boiling water and into the syrup.
- Serve 5-6, hot or cold.
- You can prepare the dumplings the night before or hours before you make the soup.
But you would have to ensure that they do not dry up in room temperature. Cover them with
cling film and place them in the refrigerator.
- You can re-adjust the amount of brown sugar used in the syrup depending on your preferred taste,
but bear in mind that these dumplings are filled with sugar too, so do it wisely.
- Do not boil the dumplings in the syrup, or the syrup will turn murky after a few boils.
- My grandmother used to buy the glutinous rice, mill it, and mix it into dough,
manually. If you can't find someone who can mill it for you, you can also get some glutinous rice
flour and mix it with water to make your own dough..
- You can use factory-made food colouring but we do prefer to use beet juice as it
is from a natural source.
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