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Tang Yuan Recipe-Black Sesame Filling
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Classic Chinese festival food-Tang yuan with black sesame filling

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Tang yuan
Servings: 16 Making around 12 middle size Tang Yuan
Calories: 853 kcal
Author: Elaine
For black sesame filling
  • 1 cup toasted black sesame around 100g
  • 1/4 cup toasted peanuts
  • 1 cup sugar powder around 100g
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 5 tbsp. lard or butter
  • 3 tbsp. water
Tang Yuan dough
  • 2 cups glutinous rice flour
  • 1 cup warm water , around 50 to 60 degree C.
  • vegetable color powder purple sweet potato powder, pumpkin, carrot and spinach.
To make the black sesame filling
  1. Toast black sesame in a pan or oven (detailed guide can be find here).

  2. Add black sesame, powdered sugar, salt and peanuts into a blender. Blend well.

  3. Add melted lard and water. Mix well. Then chill until hardened and then shape 1/2 tablespoon of the filling into round balls. Cover with plastic wrapper and chill in fridge again.

To make the dough
  1. Stir warm water to sticky rice flour and then knead to form a smooth ball.

  2. Shape to a long log and shape into 6 portions. Cover 4 portions with wet cloth.

  3. Halve the remaining 2 portions and turn into 4 portions. Add vegetable color powder one by one and knead until the color is well mixed. Sprinkle water whenever necessary.

  4. Mix the colored dough with the white dough roughly (to create the marbled surface). Take a 20g portion and then shape to a small ball, place the dough in and wrap well. Squeeze the ball in turn in two hands to make sure no cracks on surface. If you feel the dough is hard to handle, wet your hand before assembling. Slightly dust the ball with sticky rice flour for further storage. They can be frozen in air-tight bags.

  5. Bring water to a boiling in a pot (the water should be at least 2 cm higher than the balls). Continue cooking for another 1-2 minutes after they float on surface.

  6. Scoop out with the soup and serve with sugar, or sweet osmanthus or syrup.
Recipe Notes

Note 1: When shaping the bowl, we need to make the bottom thicker while the other parts uniform. If the bottom is too thin, the balls might break during the shaping process.

Note 2: If you are not skilled at sealing balls, try to shape the filling into balls too. This will make the process easier.

Note3: If you want the filling to have a liquid texture, increase lard in the filling.

Nutrition Facts
Tang Yuan Recipe-Black Sesame Filling
Amount Per Serving
Calories 853 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 277mg12%
Potassium 198mg6%
Carbohydrates 124g41%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 665IU13%
Calcium 261mg26%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.