Sweet dumplings, known as Tong Yuen or Tangyuan in Chinese, are glutinous rice balls with peanut, sesame or red bean fillings. It is a common tradition among Chinese families to eat Tong Yuen during the Chinese New Year, as they symbolize reunion and togetherness.

Follow this easy recipe by Little Steps to make peanut butter-filled Tong Yuen during this festive season. They are yummy and easy to make, perfect as a CNY celebration activity with the fam! 



2 cups glutinous rice flour 

1 cup of water

1.5 tablespoon vegetable oil


1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

4 tbsp crunchy peanut butter

2 tbsp caster sugar

2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)

Sweet ginger syrup

4 cups of water

80 grams sliced ginger

80 grams of brown sugar


FillingWhisk together filling ingredients until even and smooth. Divide into 15 equal portions. Freeze in the fridge until needed. 

DoughPut glutinous rice flour in a large bowl and add in vegetable oil. Add in water a little at a time until the dough becomes soft and smooth. If the dough is too wet (or dry), add in more flour (or water). Divide the dough into 15 equal portions. Cover with cling wrap to prevent the dough from drying out. 

Make your Tong Yuen: Flatten a dough piece and place filling in the middle. Fold the edges, roll it and make it as round as possible. Make sure your fillings are completely covered. Dust with extra glutinous flour to prevent it from sticking on the plate. Repeat with the rest. 

Cook and Serve: Prepare the sweet ginger syrup by bringing the water, sliced ginger and brown sugar to a boil. Gently drop your Tong Yuen with a spoon into the syrup. Cook for around 4 mins until they float to the top. Serve immediately when still hot - yums!

Tips from Little Steps

  • Tong Yuen can be big or small, filled or unfilled. If you wanna make it easier for your littles, let them make unfilled ones. Simply roll the dough into small balls. 
  • These amazing peanut butter goodies can be kept frozen for later!