Glutinous rice balls in sweet syrup is a popular dessert among Chinese families during the winter solstice. Photo: Shutterstock
Glutinous rice balls in sweet syrup is a popular dessert among Chinese families during the winter solstice. Photo: Shutterstock
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

How the Chinese eat tangyuan, or tong yuen, at winter solstice, the shortest day of the year – a state holiday in China for over 2,000 years

  • Winter solstice sees Chinese families the world over gather for special meals and typically involves a religious element, such as prayers to one’s ancestors
  • Tong yuen – spherical lumps made from glutinous flour – are served in savoury broth or light syrup; pandan leaves give the latter a wonderful fragrance

Glutinous rice balls in sweet syrup is a popular dessert among Chinese families during the winter solstice. Photo: Shutterstock
Glutinous rice balls in sweet syrup is a popular dessert among Chinese families during the winter solstice. Photo: Shutterstock
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