Rice Balls/汤圆/元宵

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On the 15th day of the new year, Chinese will celebrate the 15th day of the first month by eating rice balls with different kind of stuffings. I like the one with savory meat inside.

Rice ball :

Sweet sticky rice flour 3 cups

Cold water 1 cup

Hot water 5tbsp

Regular rice four 4tbsp

Oil 1tsp

Peanut stuffing:

Roasted peanut 50g (finely grounded)

Peanut butter 2tbsps

Pork fat 4tbsp

Sugar 2-3tbsps

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Sesame stuffing:

Roasted sesame Powder 50g

Pork fat 3tbsp

Sugar 2-3tbsps

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Meat stuffing:

Ground pork 120g

Light soy sauce 1tbsp

Dark soy sauce 1 tbsp

Sugar 1/2tbsp

Scallion 3tbsps (finely chopped)

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Add hot water to the rice flour and mix them with a pair of chop stick first, then roll them with hands.

Add cold water to the dough, when the flour almost come together, add oil and knead the dough for 2 minutes.

Mix all the ingredients for peanut stuffing, sesame stuffing and meat stuffing separately in separate containers.  Then roll each of them into 10 small balls and freeze them in freezer for about 1 hour.

Cut the rice dough into 30 even pieces.

Roll the rice dough into small round ball first then use your thumb and index finger roll the ball into a deep bowl shape, then add one of the freeze flavored stuffing inside the bowl shape rice ball then close the opening , hold your palms together and roll it into a round ball again.

Bring a big pot of water to boil, add the rice balls to the boiling water and cook for about 3 minutes, when the balls float to the surface, turn the heat to medium and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes.  If the meat is frozen, then cook 1-2 minutes more. Don’t cook too many at a time, you should cook not more than 10 at a time, it all depend on the size of your cook ware and the amount of water.

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糯米团︰

糯米粉 3 杯

冷水 1 杯

热水 5 汤匙

大米粉4 汤匙

油 1 茶匙

花生馅︰

熟花生 50 克 (细磨过的)

花生酱 2tbsps

猪油4 汤匙

糖 2-3汤匙

芝麻馅︰

熟芝麻粉 50 克

猪油 3 汤匙

糖 2-3汤匙

肉馅︰

碎猪肉 120 克

生抽 1 汤匙

老抽 1 汤匙

糖 1/2 汤匙

葱花 3汤匙

将热水加到粉里先用筷子搅拌一下,然后用手揉。

再往面团里加冷水,当面团快成型时加油 再揉2 分钟。

混合所有做花生馅、 芝麻馅和肉馅的原料在不同的容器里。 然后将每种馅都分成 10 个小球并放冰箱里冻约 1 小时。

粉团平均切 成30 份。

用手掌将粉团搓圆,难后用你的拇指和食指将粉团搓成一个跟深碗一样的形状,加一颗馅料在碗内,难后把开口合上,再用你的手掌搓成一个圆圆的球。

烧开一大锅水,加入做好的汤圆/元宵到煮沸的水里,煮大约 3 分钟,当汤圆/元宵浮到了水面时,转至中火,继续煮 2-3 分钟。 如果是冷冻的肉,多煮 1-2 分钟。不要一次煮太多,应该不超过 10 个一次,这也取决于你的锅的大小和水的量。

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