Sunday, 30 December 2012
Last week, it was the Dongzhui also known as the Winter Solstice. During the Winter Solstice, most Chinese families always makes savory Tang Yuan also known as glutinous rice balls.
The Tang stands for reunion and yuan means round or complete. Eating tang yuan is symbolic of family unity or harmony.
You can eat it either savory with meat and vegetables or sweet with stuffed sweet filling. For dinner on December 21st, my mom made the savory tang yuan with pork broth, mushroom,pork, cabbage, and shrimp. The yuan (glutinous rice ball) is soft and chewy and has a gummy texture.
Tang yuan is one of my favorite cultural foods as well as winter food, because it's hearty, hot, and just very tasty! The soup is a thick soup and just very rich and flavorful.
There are restaurants that makes tong yuan too, but the homemade version of it is better. It's comforting, tasty, and refreshing!
Have you ever ate Tang Yuan? If you did, do you prefer the savory or sweet kind?