Basically, all you have to do to make the glutinous rice balls is to pour half a cup of cooled boiled water, little by little into a cup of glutinous rice flour. Mix together until they form a soft dough ball that peels easily from the hand. You can divide the dough and add some colouring but it is not necessary.
Pinch enough to make little glutinous rice balls or big ones up to your own liking. I prefer small ones so you are not eating lots of flour at one time. We also made cut tiny pieces of gula melaka (palm sugar), placed them on a flattened ball and sealed them shut.
Cover the tangyuan and the rest of the unmoulded dough with a piece of damp towel to prevent it from drying out. If it gets to dry, you can always add a little water and work on it again.
|Result of leftover dough|
Once the syrup is ready, we can cook the glutinous rice balls by placing them into a pot of boiling water. The balls are cooked when they start to float onto the surface of the boiling water. Scoop them with a slotted spoon and place them into the ginger syrup and serve immediately.
I am so glad that we get to celebrate and experience such diversify and rich culture in our country!
This Mama: Drank and ate up the bowls of tangyuan and completely forgot to take pictures of the end product!