Sweet Rice Dumplings With Red Dates

Traditional Chinese New Year foods and recipes
Tangyuan

Photo courtesy of Ogilvy

You’ve probably heard of jiaozi, or dumplings, the ubiquitous Chinese food that nearly every family eats during the week-long celebration of the Chinese New Year. Boiled, steamed, or pan-fried, the dumplings are easy to make ahead and can be frozen in large quantities to preserve the tradition of fun and relaxation that characterizes a New Year’s holiday spent at home with family. 

Tangyuan are small, glutinous rice balls or dumplings that can be filled with sweet or savory fillings, or eaten unfilled. They are often served in a sweet syrup or broth, and are a traditional food served at festivals or during the Chinese New Year, or any time when family is celebrating together. They can also be eaten for breakfast. 

2
Servings
536
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 100 Grams glutinous rice flour
  • 80 Grams water (or any ratio of 4 parts water to 5 parts rice flour)
  • 1 Cup rice wine
  • Sugar, to taste
  • Red dates

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, combine rice flower with warm water.

Stir well with chopsticks until it forms a ball that does not stick to the sides of the bowl.

Roll out the dough into a tube about 1–2 inches in diameter.

Pinch off small pieces around ½-inch wide.

Sprinkle the balls with dry rice flour and roll them gently into round dumpling shapes.

Add dumplings to boiling water in a pot.

Cook until the dumplings float to the top. Pour in around 1 cup of rice wine (this can be done with cold water if you are making plain-flavored dumplings) and bring to a boil again.

Add several red dates to the boiling water.

Add sugar to the mixture according to how sweet you would like the broth to be, and turn off the heat.

The mixture should be served hot in a bowl, like a soup.

 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
8g
11%
Sugar
2g
2%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Carbohydrate, by difference
105g
81%
Protein
13g
28%
Vitamin A, RAE
52µg
7%
Calcium, Ca
64mg
6%
Choline, total
2mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
6g
24%
Folate, total
54µg
14%
Iron, Fe
4mg
22%
Magnesium, Mg
182mg
57%
Manganese, Mn
7mg
100%
Niacin
9mg
64%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
475mg
68%
Selenium, Se
23µg
42%
Sodium, Na
408mg
27%
Water
62g
2%
Zinc, Zn
3mg
38%