Tang Yuan

January 31, 2017

Kuih ee

Tang Yuan/ Kuih Ee / Glutinous rice balls in syrup to welcome Chinese New Year
Wishing my family, friends and beloved readers

Gong Xi Fa Cai  
Kong Hee Fatt Choy 
Xīn Nián Kuài Lè 
Happy Chinese New Year! :D

May the Rooster brings us good health, prosperity and peace :D

Hope everyone had a good feasting with family, near and far :).

Its another year celebrating Chinese New Year, away from family and grand feasting. 

Tang Yuan recipe

Red and white glutinous rice balls known as Tang Yuan is a must for hubby family.

I remembered my late mother-in-law would prepare these red and white balls on the Chinese New Year eve, and we would have a bowl of Tang yuan first, before anything else. She believed in starting the new year with something sweet! A tradition I have been keeping, in remembrance of her!

The only addition to my mom-in-law tradition is that ~ I get everyone involved :P.

My daughter and I, did a quick video (above and below) on 'How to make Tang Yuan'.
Hope you enjoy the video as much as we enjoyed making it :).
red and white glutinous rice flour balls serve in syrup

yield: 4-6 servingsprint recipe

Tang Yuan

Tang Yuan is made from glutinous rice flour and water, knead into a dough, roll into marble size balls, cooked in boiling water. Tang Yuan in syrup is serve during Chinese New Year or winter solstice.


Tang Yuan
  • 200g glutinous rice flour
  • 150 ml water (add water a little at a time if dough still firm)
  • food colouring (optional)
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 knotted pandan leaf


Tang Yuan
  1. Mix glutinous rice flour and water in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add water a little at a time if dough seems a little on the firm side.
  3. Divide into 2 (or 3 for tri colours tang yuan)
  4. Add food colouring
  5. Roll into marble size balls
  6. Bring 1 litre of water to boil
  7. Roll again and drop tang yuan into boiling water (always start with white tang yuan)
  8. Tangyuan is ready when it floats up. Scoop into a bowl of cold (or ice bath) water.
  9. Repeat with the coloured tang yuan.
Sugar Syrup
  1. Mix sugar, pandan leaf and water in a small saucepan
  2. Bring to boil and stir for 5 minutes or until sugar has dissolved
  3. Remove from heat and leave aside
Enjoying Tang Yuan
  1. Strain tang yuan and dish into individual bowl.
  2. Pour syrup over... enjoy :D
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