Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Chinese New Year...Sesame Balls...

These delicious sesame balls of glutinous rice flour, are filled with sweet red bean paste and rolled in sesame seeds. They are especially popular during the Chinese New Year. What makes sesame balls special is the way they expand during deep-frying. I have to warn you to be careful frying these in hot oil and turn the balls carefully to retain their shape. According to Chinese tradition, this symbolizes the way your luck may expand throughout the New Year.

There are lots of recipes for this treat in cookbooks and they seem to differ slightly. I am still searching for the perfect recipe. If you have the perfect family recipe I would love for you to share it with me.


  1. I'm going to enjoy your Chinese special this week. Very interesting to know a little more about this culture and it's food.

  2. I'll bet those are really good.

    Hope you are having a very happy day.

    I've posted more snow pics in case your kiddos
    aren't keeping you up to date....lol.

    Becky K.

  3. I hope you are happy, now I am craving them. I LOVE EM! LOL

  4. Hmm...looks interesting. I am totally against the grain today and making lasagna...hubby's request

  5. These are so cool! I definitely would love to give one a try.

  6. GREAT!!! post, I love the idea of celebrating Chinese New Year all week.
    THANKS!!! for sharing and stopping by and leaving a SWEET!!! comment.

  7. Are you kidding? A family recipe for those?
    I am Irish, remember..not too many family recipes, LOL..
    They looks good...I don't know about bean paste, though!

  8. I love these! I eat them all the time and they're yummy!..Christine

  9. I want one! They look very interesting and yummy, gonna have to check it out. Shhhhh~~we won't tell the Doc about anything fried!!!

    God bless and enjoy this glorious day!!!

  10. I'm so enjoying scrolling down through all these posts!


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