Today, I have the pleasure of having Claire Ruiz from SumoChef as a guest blogger on VegFusion Peoples! She is sharing this incredible dessert: Sticky Rice Sweet Dumplings. Now the stage is hers…
An Awesome Sticky Rice Sweet Dumplings Recipe to Explore Chinese Cuisine!
For a baking lover like me, I try to do my best to find the excellent dishes I want to whip up after a nice trip abroad. After a trip to China, I discovered this fantastic snack called Tong Yuan, which is also known as sticky rice sweet dumplings! You’re probably wondering how rice can end up being sweet, but it’s possible and used in many Asian dishes. All thanks to glutinous rice flour! So to celebrate the Lunar New Year or if you want a new twist to snack time (or even dessert) for the family, then try this recipe out!
Sticky Rice Sweet Dumplings Recipe
Also called Tong Yuan, these sticky rice sweet dumplings are usually enjoyed during the Chinese (or Lunar) New Year and Lantern Festival. The soft and chewy dumplings are swimming in light ginger syrup, with a hint of spice but a whole lot of sweet, perfect for your family and friends!
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
This recipe creates about 9 to 12 dumplings.
For the dough:
• One cup of glutinous rice flour (you can find this in the store as sweet rice flour as well)
• Half a cup of water
For the fillings:
• Half a cup of mung beans
• One cup of water
• A tablespoon of fried shallots
• Quarter teaspoon salt
• A tablespoon of beet sugar or raw cane sugar
For the ginger syrup:
• Two cups of water
• A few slices of ginger (about two tablespoons is enough)
• 1/4 cup of beet sugar or raw cane sugar
How to Proceed:
1. Prepare the syrup first by combining all of its ingredients in a pot over high heat. Let it boil before switching the heat off.
2. To prepare the filling, wash the mung beans well, rinsing it in the rice cooker bowl until the water is clear. Add the cup of water and let the beans soak for about half an hour. Use a Japanese rice cooker and adjust it to the softest setting, cooking it for 10 to 15 minutes or until it’s ready. Mash the mung beans until pureed. Add the salt, sugar, and shallots, mixing everything until well incorporated.
3. Form small balls out of the mung bean mixture, about half an inch in diameter. Once you have created enough small balls, set it aside.
4. Prepare the dough by combining the flour with water, mixing well using your hands to knead it until it becomes a smooth dough. Take small pieces of dough to form balls with about an inch in diameter.
5. Add the filling to the dough balls by pressing your thumb on the center of the ball, creating a well. Place the filling inside and pinch the dough to enclose it. Roll the dough until it becomes a smooth dumpling, continuing with the others.
For dumplings you want to freeze for future use: Let the dumplings freeze for about an hour, spacing it out on a baking sheet (you can also use a freezer-safe dish). Then put it in a freezer bag (no air) and store it.
5. Cook the dumplings by bringing the ginger syrup back to a boil, this time with a lower temperature to gently boil it. Add in the dumplings to the boiling syrup, ensuring that they are spaced out. Cook the dumplings for five minutes or once it begins to float to the top.
6. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Pro-Tips to Follow
If you’re new to Chinese cuisine and would like to make or store your sticky rice sweet dumplings better, then here are some tips you can follow:
– Do NOT make the pan too overcrowded with dumplings. Be sure to space them out to avoid the dumplings from sticking together or undercooking it.
– I don’t recommend that you store cooked dumplings in the fridge, as it loses its consistency and taste. But if you need to, you can put it in an airtight container and leave it for about three days. If not, consume while warm or freeze the uncooked dumplings until you do use it (don’t forget to thaw it before cooking).
– Serve the dumplings right away, pouring it with a tiny bit of syrup. Put the ginger syrup on the side so the people you serve it to have the choice to cut back or add more of the syrup (which I bet they would!).
Whether you’re looking for a delicious dessert for your family or want to improve your skills and master the Chinese cuisine, then let these delicious sticky rice sweet dumplings be a start! It’s easy to do and doesn’t require so many ingredients, making it budget-friendly and an effortless way to explore Chinese dishes!
Claire is the founder of SumoChef, and her passion is cooking. Her unique approach to cooking is the result of her varied experience and travel abroad. She believes that food is what actually unites people and the dining table is where we set aside our differences. SumoChef is where she finds expression to her passion and she hope be able to contribute to your cooking experience through this. Be sure to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram