You can make your own rice cakes or rice balls or use store bought as I did now, but I also provide you with the recipe for the home made rice balls.
For other versions you can add sweet potato or taro balls as well in the cooking water.
GF Vegan Chinese Sweet Stewed Rice Cake (ZhuNianGao, 煮年糕)
- 150 g rice cake slices
- 15 g dried goji berries
- 1–2 tbs white sugar
- 2 x 160ml warm water
- 200 g glutinous rice flour
To make your own rice cakes:
Pour 160ml warm water into glutinous rice flour, in the meantime, stir with chopsticks until large pea sized chunks form. Knead dough with your hand, add water if it’s too dry, add flour if too sticky, until a non stick, smooth dough forms.Pinch off dough and roll mini balls (any size you like in fact). Put in freezer if you can’t finish at once.
Pay attention to the amount of water when adding to glutinous rice flour. You should gradually add water when kneading the dough. If adding too much water can make the dough too thin; less with water can cause it no sticky.
For the sweet stew:
Bring the other 160ml water to boil in a small saucepan, add rice cakes, keep stirring.
When all glutinous rice balls float to surface or the bigger rice cakes soften, switch to low heat, add in sugar, dried goji berries, simmer for about 2 min.
Serve hot, it’s gonna warm up your body, your heart, your soul.
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