Dec 30, 2013

8 The Winter Solstice Glutinous Rice Balls : How I Cheated

Old year out, new year in! Get-togethers and marvelous meals ~ It has me wondering whether I should take it as all good or good-bad. Good because I'm bonding with family and friends. Bad, because I'm getting chubbier.

I guess I should look on the brighter side of things *wink*. I am getting "choo bee-er"! Choobee means cute in Hokkien, by the way.

December and January are my busiest months. Many festivities fall within this period. It begins with the Winter Solstice Festival, is followed by Christmas, then New Year and finally, Chinese New Year. This, not counting Birthdays and .....Valentine's Day, weeks after!

We celebrated the Winter Solstice Festival (DongZhi Festival) with the customary eating of tangyuan (glutinous rice balls). I've always wanted to make my own but never found the time. The festival falls on a date days before Christmas. Perhaps next year.

I celebrated the occasion with a small packet of ready-made ones. We usually pair the glutinous rice balls with sweet syrup boiled of honey rock sugar and ginger.This year, however, is a year of cheats.

Glutinous Rice Balls

"Holy macaroni! You're a genius!"
exclaimed excited Hubby. It's weird and funny at the same time. I don't remember hearing the same vigour in his compliment when I whip up a really drool-worthy luxurious meal. Mmm...

Anyway, I cooked the frozen glutinous rice balls as instructed on the packet and ladled it out into a pretty pink bowl.

Usually, I would boil sweet ginger syrup to go along with it (a family tradition) but I was a little lazy this year. Before I knew it, I reached out to tear open a sachet of my favourite drink. And this is the secret ~ NONA Honey Ginger Drink.

Honey Ginger Drink
I emptied the contents into a cup and added hot water as instructed. It was ready in under a minute. Then, I poured this drink over the cooked glutinous rice balls. Voila! Serve and eat.

Cheating? Hah! Shortcut!
I wonder if anyone else does this...yum stuff, the quick way!


  1. I didnt make any tang yuan this year. Lazy.

    Hubby loves to buy those frozen tang yuan too esp those filled with peanuts. Usually I just add with sugar syrup. Nothing else.

    Happy new year! CNY is just a month away!!!

    1. Hah! Me too. These come with peanut filling. Happy New Year to you too, Rose.
      By golly, we should start hunting for CNY clothes ;)

    2. I have bought my cny clothing in Sibu. Haha. Dont want to get caught with those shopper crowds. Lol

      Could you email me your mailing address?

    3. Oh no...I will be one of those stuck with the crowd. I haven't found my 'red' baju
      Have just emailed you, Rose :)

  2. Gosh, I haven't eaten tang yuan in years!

    1. I just eat two every year to keep the ^.^

  3. Just a new bloom spreads fragrance and freshness around...
    May the new year add a new beauty and freshness into our lives.
    Happy New Year.

    1. Happy New Year to you too. May 2014 be filled with peace and joy :)


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