Sesame Ball Jian Dui 煎堆By Ellen L. Published: 2016-02-21
This little ball of golden goodness took a few tries to get right. I wanted to make these light as air sweet treats for the Chinese New Year as they are a lucky symbol, being golden and perfectly round (golden coins, anyone?) and fortuitously expanding to several times their original size (yeah, your little venture is going to go through the roof!) I mentioned to my 媽媽, who is in town at the moment visiting, that I was going to make the wonderfully crispy yet chewy Sesame Balls also known as Jian Dui (煎䭔 or煎堆) or Matuan 麻糰. She said to me, 'Oh, those are easy, just like how you make tong yuan except you fry it!' Well, sorry to say, dearest 媽媽, you were a wee bit wrong. It wasn't really that easy at first to make these; however, once you get the trick of it, it's easy enough and you can make gorgeous, hollow, perfectly round and yummilicious Sesame Balls!