How to make the BEST Tang Yuan

These delicate tang yuan have a chewy exterior and rich black sesame filling that gently float in a warm sweetened ginger broth. Let me show you my fool proof method!

These ingredients are easy to find at your local Asian grocery store or easily online for some of the dry goods.

📝 Ingredients

Pulverize Sesame Seeds


Pulverize the black sesame seeds, salt, and sugar into a powder.

Pulverize Sesame Seeds


Blend in the peanut butter and butter.

Freeze Filling


Shape filling into 1/2 inch thick brick and freeze.

Shape the Filling


Cut the brick into even blocks, roll into a ball, then freeze again.

Create the Dough


Slowly mix in water to form a dough before mixing and resting.

Divide the Dough


Divide the dough into 20 balls, then take one and create a cavity for placing the filling.

Wrap the Filling


Pinch and wrap the dough around the frozen filling.

Finish Assembling


Place assembled tang yuan under plastic to keep them from drying out.

Boil and Enjoy


Boil until the tang yuan float, then cook for an additional 30 seconds.

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