New Year Dumplings

元宵

Preparation info

  • This recipe serves

    4

    .
    • Difficulty

      Easy

Appears in

The Key to Chinese Cooking

By Irene Kuo

Published 1977

  • About

Symbolic of good fortune because they are round, smooth, and full, these small dumplings are a traditional New Year treat as well as a year-round snack or dessert. The dough is smooth and satiny and a little chewy. The filling is sweet and nutty, with the fragrance of the cassia blossoms.

Ingredients

Filling

  • 1 tablespoon sesame paste
  • 1 tablespoon oil

Method

Filling

Scrape the sesame paste into a bowl. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a small skillet until hot; then pour it over the sesame paste and stir it in until the sesame paste is soft and pasty. Add the red bean paste and cassia blossoms and stir in circular motions until well blended. Put the b