Today’s Lantern Festival, did your family eat Yuanxiao or Tangyuan?

  Today is the annual traditional festival-Lantern Festival, with the traditional custom of eating Yuanxiao in the north and glutinous rice balls in the south. In many people’s minds, many people think that Yuanxiao and Tangyuan are different names for a kind of food, which are silly and confusing. In fact, there are still some differences between Yuanxiao and Tangyuan in practice, hardness, size and taste. Do you know the difference between Yuanxiao and Tangyuan?

  Yuanxiao and Tangyuan: Different production techniques.

  Tangyuan is wrapped, while Yuanxiao is "shaken".

  North Lantern Festival, first mix the stuffing, the stuffing is hard, cut into cubes smaller than table tennis. Then put the stuffing into a dustpan, pour a proper amount of glutinous rice flour, and sprinkle water while rolling until the stuffing is covered with glutinous rice flour, and the Yuanxiao gets bigger and rounder. It’s slightly bigger than glutinous rice balls.

  Southern dumplings are made like buns. The stuffing of glutinous rice balls is soft. Put glutinous rice flour into a ball with water, pull a small ball of wet noodles by hand and squeeze it into a round shape. Pick a ball of stuffing with chopsticks and put it on the glutinous rice slice, then turn and close it with both hands. It is slightly smaller than Yuanxiao.

  Yuanxiao and Tangyuan: Different tastes.

  Yuanxiao tastes rough, and the fillings are mostly sweet, usually white sugar, sesame, rose, chocolate and other fillings. The cooking time is relatively long. After cooking, the water will be a little turbid, the glutinous rice will taste thick, the skin will be soft, and the filling will be "biting".

  Tangyuan has a soft and glutinous taste, while the stuffing is sweet and salty, with rich taste, mainly black sesame, red bean paste, fruit, vegetables, meat, etc. The cooking time is relatively short, and the soup is relatively clear after cooking, and the taste of glutinous rice is relatively light.

  Yuanxiao and Tangyuan: Different distribution areas.

  Yuanxiao is common in the north, and it can often be seen that it is sold on the street, processed on the spot, and now eaten and shaken, because Yuanxiao needs to be quickly wrapped with powder, which is relatively ready to eat, and has certain requirements on temperature. Fresh Yuanxiao can only be eaten in the north!

  In the south, dumplings are mainly used, but the temperature requirement of dumplings is not high, so prepackaged dumplings can be eaten all over the country.

  For thousands of years, Yuanxiao/Tangyuan has been an indispensable delicacy on the dining table of every household, and it is also a witness to the traditional culture of the Chinese nation. No matter how different the taste is, the same is everyone’s good wishes and expectations for reunion.

  Do you like Yuanxiao or Tangyuan?

  Yuanxiao and Tangyuan have diverse tastes.

  What wonderful fillings have you eaten?

Source: Henan Education Broadcasting