Mini glutinous rice dumplings in sweet rice wine

Item: Mini glutinous rice dumplings in sweet rice wine, 酒釀圓子
Date: December 10, 2016
Location: 蒸芝膳, Shanghai, China

These little glutinous rice balls are slightly smaller than marble balls and are pretty much tangyuans without stuffing. Cooked in fermented rice wine, this dish is a specialty of the Shanghai region and a must-have during my latest trip to China, especially after trying a home-made version in Glasgow. I think it’s supposed to be eaten as a dessert but we had it in self-serve style as part of a larger meal. The rice balls were extremely soft, and I loved the smell and taste of the rice wine, which gave the originally tasteless rice balls and extra dimension. I now have to perfect the recipe at home and remake this!

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