Rice Balls

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Chinese Tang Yuan

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These are delicious treats that can be eaten during or after a good Chinese meal. Sometimes I add them to the meal as variety. When you eat it, you will experience a delicious gooey mass in your mouth.

Unfortunately, I don't know how to actually make these. However, I thought you might find useful these buying and preparation tips.

First, take yourself to your local Chinese or Asian market. Then, make for the freezers. You will see a collection of rectangular plastic packages with small white circular treats inside. They will most likely be labeled "rice balls" or "tang yuan." Now, select your flavor. The most common will be red bean. Highly recommended! What's inside is a paste of sweetened red beans. It doesn't really taste beany. More of a dessert thing. Another option is sesame. It will be filled with a sweet black paste. Then there's peanut. Frankly, they're all delicious.

Once you get them home, boil some water in a pot. At the last second, take the rice balls out of the freezer and add them to the boiling water. Cook over a low boil until the balls float to the top of the water, about 10 minutes. Serve in bowls with the cooking liquid. Eat with great caution! The inside can be quite hot.

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