“Dong Zhi?” You say…
I remember making a post about Dong Zhi a year ago which gives you an insight into what this day is all about. It’s good to have a read to reflect on old writing. LINK
In a nutshell; it is a night where families come together for a reunion to reconcile lost friendships and catch up with each other at dinner. It serves a very good purpose for our generation of Chinese kids living fast paced lives in different cities and who are constantly traveling for business and work. You’d think that modernization and technological advances in communication brings people closer together. I personally have some doubt in what modernization has done to families. Highways are longer; wider; new cities are found and a vast number of developing countries are becoming more and more assessable. Whilst chasing our dreams and life goals; it’s not difficult to unintentionally take relatives we love for granted. This is why I feel Dong Zhi is such a significant day for families to get together.
Every Dong Zhi season; Chinese families have glutinous rice balls as after dinner dessert. They are generally filled with deliciously indulgent sweet peanut or sesame fillings and served in a ginger syrup infused with pandan leaves.
This year I decided to give the ol’ traditional recipe a little twist in temperature and texture. I was inspired by a dessert café in
Follow the recipe guide from this link for the dough.
Shape the dough into tiny 1 inch balls. Dust your hands lightly with a tiny fluff of glutinous rice flour. Drop the tiny balls into a pot of boiling water and wait till they come afloat. Scoop them out with a strainer and roll these sticky little babies in scattered black sesame seeds.
I’m not certain if many of you out there have seen these Chinese peanut brittle cookies from asian grocers; but it’s good to crush a handful of these to serve with your black sesame tong yuen icecream! For those who might find this difficult to source; you can always substitute this with roasted crushed peanuts or even the western version of caramel peanut brittle broken into big chunks.
Scoop in some green tea ice cream; top it with crushed nuts and glutinous rice balls! YUM!