lantern festival, also known as yuánxiāojié, is the last day of the chinese new year celebration as well as the first night to see a full moon in that lunar year. traditionally, people gather around after dinner to watch the moon and all the colourful lanterns that are hung against the sky. they also solve puzzles and quizzes and eat yuánxiāo or tāngyuán. these little glutinous rice balls floating in sweet ginger soup resembles unity in the family, and they are delicious too!

Mini Yuánxiāo in sweet Ginger Soup
200g   glutinous flour
125 ml    water for the flour
800 ml    water for the soup
5tbs   ginger juice
approx. 3 lumps of rock sugar
a drop of red food colouring

  1. peel and grate ginger then squeeze out all the juice.
  2. bring 800 ml of water to the boil, turn the heat off  and add the rock sugar and ginger juice.
  3. sieve the glutinous flour into a mixing bowl and add 125ml water to make a soft dough.
  4. knead the dough for several minutes for a more elastic texture when cooked.
  5. place half the dough in a separate bowl and add a drop of red food colouring. mix well.
  6. make little balls from the dough and place them onto a lightly floured surface.
  7. bring the ginger soup back to the boil and cook the mini yuánxiāo til they float.
  8. serve immediately.