Saturday, February 8, 2020

元宵节快乐!【梅花汤圆】Happy Chap Goh Meh!【Plum Blossom Rice Balls】

2020 年春节是这么多年来过得最闹心的,天天捧着平板电脑看新型冠状病毒的新闻,跟着一则则新闻流泪难过。


The Chinese New Year of 2020 is a very difficult one for all the Chinese in China and around the world... I spent a lot of time following the news of the 2019 coronavirus, I cried reading some of the heroic acts of common people in, and around China. We are all common people trying hard to live a meaningful life...

Today is the last day of Chinese New Year, I decided to write a post on this beautiful Plum Blossom rice balls, with it I pray for safety and health for people in the world.

Happy Chap Goh Meh to all that are celebrating!

1 杯 糯米粉
1/2 杯 温水
1/2 小勺 红糟 或 几滴 红色素
冰糖/糖 适量

1 cup Glutinous rice flour
1/2 cup warm water 
1/2 tsp of Ang Chow  or a few drops of red food coloring

Rock sugar/sugar to taste

1. 把糯米粉和温水和成一个软粉团后把粉团分成两半。在一半的粉团里加入半勺的红糟揉成粉红色的粉团。

2. 把粉团分成几份,揉成长条后切成小块,揉成珍珠丸子大小的丸子。取一只白色的摆中间,六只粉红色的沾点水围着白色的形成花的形状。

3. 再用牙签或者竹签在“花瓣”上压出印痕,做出梅花的样子。

4. 在一口锅里把半锅水煮滚,加入冰糖/糖煮滚,可以加两片姜调味。

5. 取另一口小锅煮滚半锅水把汤圆入锅煮至浮在水面就熟了,捞出汤圆放到糖水里吃即可。

1. Knead the flour with warm water to form a soft dough, cover with clean cloth.

2. Divide the dough in half, add half tsp of Ang Chow to one of the portion and knead into pink/red color dough. 

3. Roll the dough into small balls the size of pearls. Put 6 pink color balls around one white ones with the help of little water to stick them together. You can repeat these steps to make white flowers with red bud.

4. Lightly press the balls to flatten it to form the shape of plum blossom/sakura flower,use a tooth pick to make prints around the flower to make it looks even more like a blossom.

5. Bring a half pot of water to boil, add some brown sugar/sugar/rock sugar and 1-2 pieces of ginger if you like.

6. In another pot, bring a half pot of water to boil, drop the flower shape rice balls into the water and cook for 3-5 minutes or until the rice balls started floating on water. 

7. Take the cooked rice balls out and place into the syrup, serve warm.

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