Thursday, May 26, 2016

Jian Dui (Red Bean Stuffed Sesame Balls)


One of my husband's favorite things whenever we go to dim sum is the sesame balls that end the meal. I always preferred the egg tarts to end the meal, bu this is his favorite. That's one of the things I miss most about California...the dim sum (and the Mexican food). Ever since I moved to the East Coast, I miss little things from back home like this. We tried getting dim sum here one time and we arrived at 11:30am on Sunday and the restaurant wasn't even half full. That's how we knew it wasn't going to be good. If you don't have to arrive by 1030 to wait half an hour for your table (and you're so hungry that you go to the Russian bakery across the street) then it isn't a real legit Sunday morning. At least, this is how we always did it when we went to dim sum. I used this Recipe and it was absolutely fantastic. Just how I remembered

I'm going to miss Virginia when we leave in about a month, but we're also in for our next great adventure. I can't wait to be close to our families, close to a place that really feels like home, close to our Cal Bears and close to all the foods I've missed. It will be good to get home.

Until then, you can all make some Sesame Red Bean Balls.

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups sweet glutinous rice flour
  • 70 grams sugar
  • 100 mL water (more as needed)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • red bean paste
  • 1 cup toasted sesame seeds
  • oil for frying
Directions
  1. In a small bowl, mix together 2 large Tbsp of the rice flour with 10 mL of your water to form a smooth, stiff dough. Drop dough in boiling water and cook for 3 minutes, moving as needed. Remove to a bowl of cold water to cool
  2. In a different bowl, mix together remaining rice flour, sugar, baking powder and water. Break up the pre-cooked dough into small pieces and mix that in as well, kneading until everything comes together in a smooth mass. You can add more flour or water as needed.
  3. Divide dough into 20 pieces. Fill each piece with 1 tsp red bean paste, roll into balls and set aside.
  4. Dip each ball in fresh water and roll in sesame seeds. 
  5. Heat oil to 300 degrees Fahrenheit in a small deep pot. Deep fry sesame balls until well browned on all sides. Remove and let drain on paper towels.
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