元宵节快乐 (Yuánxiāo jié kuàilè)! Happy Lantern Festival! It’s tradition for everyone to celebrate the Lantern Festival with Tangyuan (sometimes called Yuanxiao).
But do you know that the traditional white rice ball can be more fun and non-traditional too? Rank these creative Tangyuan!
You decide which of them is the most unexpected, creative or even weird!
Many native Chinese people don’t even know that Tangyuan can be salty.
The Mapo Braised Pork flavor is definitely among the wildest flavors. They even recommend boiling them in the hot pot soup and eating them with 老干妈 Laoganma, a Chinese chili sauce!
Are you getting tired of the regular-plain-ball Tangyuan?
If you are interested in making cute little cartoon Tangyuan by yourself, you can find tons of tutorials online.
Handpainted Mahjong Tangyuan! Perhaps you will have better luck with Mahjong after eating these.
Durian, love it or hate it? It’s a fruit that food writer Richard Sterling once described as: “turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock.”
In China, passengers are not allowed to carry durian on flights because of its odor. But for those who enjoy it, it’s heaven!
Rose, jasmine and sweet osmanthus? Yes, they can all be made into Tangyuan! Although they look pretty, it is hard to imagine their taste.
Instead of rice flour, the translucent Tangyuan skin is made of lotus root starch.
It looks dark from the outside, but it’s not the traditional sesame filling! Oreo Chocolate Tangyuan sounds legit, doesn’t it?
Everything goes well with Oreos, whether it’s mousse cake, cheesecake, brownies or even Tangyuan!