It’s still feel like Chinese New Year to me even though the week is over.  Traditionally, Chinese New Year Day 7 is considered as everyone’s birthday.  And mom would usually make some sweet rice balls.  It’s symbolic to have these sweet round treats to symbolize a sense of  completeness.  I love rice balls since I was a kid.  I only got to have that around new year.  We didn’t usually have desserts after dinner.  If you haven’t realized yet, there are not too many Chinese desserts.  Even if you order some, don’t expect they are anywhere near as sweet as the western desserts.  One time I invited my American buddy and his wife over for dinner.  I thought I should include some desserts.  Back then I haven’t learned how to make any desserts from scratch like apple pie, cheesecake etc.  I bought a bag of black sesame sweet rice balls from a Chinese grocery store.  I cooked and served them.  Of course they looked weird to my friends.  They were small and round in shape, white outside and had a slight translucent black color inside for the sesame filling.  My buddy asked me what they were.  Even though he said they looked like monkey eye balls, he did try them and he loved it.  Tonight, I cooked some peanut rice balls.  On the package they suggested to put them in soy milk, even I found it weird. LOL.  But I give it a try, and it turned out pretty good.

Frozen rice balls
Frozen rice balls
Rice Ball in Soy Milk - Weird but Good.. LOL
Rice Ball in Soy Milk - Weird but Good.. LOL

Ingredients (Serves two):

  • Frozen rice ball, 1 pack
  • Water, 6 cups
  • Soy milk (optional), 3 cup

Steps:

  1. No need to defrost the rice balls.
  2. Add water to a small pot.  Bring it a boil.
  3. Add rice balls to the pot.  Make sure there is enough water so that the rice balls are totally submerged.  Use medium heat. Cook them for 10 mins.  Stir occassionally to make sure they don’t stick to the pot.
  4. Remove the rice balls and put them in a serving bowl.
  5. If you don’t want to try the rice balls with soy milk, you can disgard half of the water, and then add 1 tablespoon of sugar to the remining water in the pot to add some sweet taste to it.   Mix it well.  Pour the water over the rice balls.
  6. If you are brave enough to try the rice balls with soy milk.  You can heat up the soy milk in a microwave or cook it on the stove.  Pour the soy milk over the rice balls.

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