Happy Winter Solstice

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?).

Sweet tong yuan in a sugar ginger syrup

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,

11 thoughts on “Happy Winter Solstice

    1. to be honest, i usually help my mom form the balls after but i’ve never actually made the dough itself. i think it might take a few tries with the dough to get the correct consistency and whatnot but other than that, shouldnt be too hard.


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