Thursday, January 15, 2009

Tang Yuan Festival

Im not really sure of the origins of the Tang Yuan festival. But one thing is for sure, there is sweetsome balls of sugar up for the eating =)

Dont play coy with me la. I know you all also dont know when or why this whole Tang Yuan eating fiasca took place. So you know what? Im gonna copy and paste an excerpt from wikipedia (my best friend!) bout Tang Yuans. Sue me why dont you.

"The 15th day of the 1st lunar month is the Chinese Lantern Festival because the first lunar month is called yuan-month and in the ancient times people called night Xiao. The 15th day is the first night to see a full moon. So the day is also called Yuan Xiao Festival in China. According to the Chinese tradition, at the very beginning of a new year, when there is a bright full moon hanging in the sky, there should be thousands of colorful lanterns hung out for people to appreciate. At this time, people will try to solve the puzzles on the lanterns and eat yuanxiao (glutinous rice ball) and get all their families united in the joyful atmosphere."

To show our Aimst enthusiasm for any Chinese related festivals (what being in an Indian empowered area and all - no pun intended), we decided to for-go one day of STUDY to make Tang Yuans!

Honestly, this would be my first time ever making Tang Yuans. Usually mum will just buy those ready made tang yuans in packets from TESCO or Giant and all we have to do was boil it with sugar broth.

But thank God I had the very much needeD assistance from experts aka Yi Shan and Angeline. We the 3 others (all from Sarawak somemore) were like complete amatuers. See pics of tang yuan below.

But first off! Let me introduce you to the

-'cause nobody can make TangYuans like we do (literally).'

The Pink Machine. (cause all her Tang Yuans were PINK!)

The Pros

Look at my Glutinous rice balls! Nice lehhhhhh.... (Got heart shape summore^^ And No. You can't have any. Bwahahahaha.)

The Process

1) Ball making

Ingedients: Some special kind of flour, water, and coloring.

2) Ball boiling

3) Ball scooping

4) Ball gathering (What?! Balls cannot gather la now?)

5) Ball eating!!! (yummy!)

And so my dear friends, you now can no longer say that I cant cook. Cause I SO CAN COOK NOW :)

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