Happy Winter Solstice everyone!
Winter solstice marks the shortest day/longest night of the year.
In Chinese households, we celebrate with tong yuan (not exactly sure why…maybe to represent the moon?).
Tong yuans are basically glutinous rice flour balls in a soup of sorts. There are so many different ways to have them. They can be served sweet or savory depending on the syrup or broth it’s in. I love both versions.
The sweet ones my mom makes is usually in syrup made with cane sugar and ginger. I have also seen others served it with sesame paste filling. My mom’s savory version has the tong yuan in a light broth flavored by mushroom, chicken slices, dried shrimp, and cabbage.
Here’s a recipe for sweet stuffed version if you want to try it out: Peanut, sesame, and coconut filled Tong Yuan
Do you guys celebrate the Winter Solstice in any particular way? Let me know in the comments 🙂
Til next time,