Usually my family would have sweet dumplings / Tangyuan in the morning of 7th and 15th of January in Lunar Calendrer. Chinese consider 15th of January the end of Chinese New Year holiday. Like dumpling, sweet dumpling is also a symbol of family union. Unlike people from northern part of China, Cantonese don’t eat dumpling in new year. We don’t have a custom of having dumpling. But sweet dumpling is.
Red bean paste and sesame seed paste are two common dumpling stuffings. The sesame seed one is much easier than the red bean one. And I would make the sweet dumplings prettier this year.
Black and white sesame seeds, 100g;
Glutinous rice flour, 2 cups;
Hot water, 1 cup;
Cocoa powder, 2tbsp;
Candied osmanthus, for garnishing, optional.