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Savory Tang Yuan
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Savory Chinese Tang Yuan with meat filling
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Tang yuan
Servings: 3 making 16 middle size tang yuan
Calories: 536 kcal
Author: Elaine
For the filling
  • 1/4 cup ground pork
  • 1/4 cup ground shrimp
  • 2 soaked wood ear mushroom
  • 1 fresh shiitake mushroom
  • 1/4 cup chopped cabbage
  • a small pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon whisked egg
  • 1/8 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
  • 2 teaspoons light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced green onion
For the wrapper
  • 2 cups sticky rice flour+ more for dusting
  • 1/4 cup boiling hot water +3/4 cup cold water
Serve with chicken broth
  • chicken broth as needed
  • chopped green onion
Serve with cook soup
  • a small pinch of salt
  • chopped green onion
  • one mall piece of dried seaweed
  • 2 drops of sesame oil
making the filling
  1. Pre-soak wood ear mushrooms in hot water for around 5 minutes. Remove the ends and set aside.
  2. In large mixing bowl, mix shrimp and pork with all the seasonings. Stir in one direction until the meat becomes sticky. Rest for 10 minutes.
  3. Cut all the side ingredients including cabbage, wood ear mushroom and cabbage into small pieces. Squeeze the water out.
  4. Mix the side ingredient with the marinated meat. Combine well and divide them into 16 portions.
making the wrapper
  1. Dig a hole in flour and pour in around 1/4 cup of boiling water. Stir the flour around the hole to absorb the boiling water. Wait for several minutes and then stir in 3/4 cup of cold water. Wait until the dough cool down completely. Knead with hands until smooth and divide into 16 equal portions. Cover them with a wet cloth to prevent drying out.
assemble Tang Yuan balls
  1. Take one piece and press it into a around wrapper. Place one filling inside and seal the ball completely. Slightly press the ball with one hand to make the wrapper uniform in thickness and then shape it as round as possible. Repeat to finish all.
  2. Bring water to a boil in a pot (the water should be at least 2 cm higher than the balls); cook the rice dumplings for 5-6 minutes (you need to continue cooking 1-2 minutes after they float on the surface.)
  3. Serving 1: place chicken broth in serving bowls with chopped green onions and scoop cooked Tang Yuan in.
  4. Serving 2: place a small piece of dried seaweed with salt, chopped green onion and sesame oil, scoop some soups along with the balls.
Recipe Notes

If you need to freeze them, dust and then place in plastic wrapper. Boil them directly next time.

Nutrition Facts
Savory Tang Yuan
Amount Per Serving
Calories 536 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 58mg19%
Sodium 335mg15%
Potassium 148mg4%
Carbohydrates 101g34%
Fiber 3g13%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.