Taiwanese dessert

Sweet sticky dumpling balls with peanut icing

Preparing the sticky rice dough


3 cups of glutinous rice flour (sticky rice flour), 1 ½ cups of water


1. Mix all the sticky rice flour with the water, to make dough.
2. Put 20% of the dough into boiling water, and cook for about 2 minutes.
3. Put the cooked dough back together with the remaining uncooked dough.
4. Knead the dough until it's smooth and elastic.
5. Allow the dough to rest for about half an hour.
6. Divide the dough into 3 portions.
7. Roll each portion of dough into a sheet 1cm thick, then slice that into 3cm x 3cm pieces.
8. Roll each dough piece in your hands, and make it into a round ball.

Preparing the peanut icing


1 cup peanut powder, ½ cup of caster (superfine) sugar – you can adjust the amount to your taste.


1. Mix the peanut powder and caster sugar together well.

Taiwanese wedding dumplings

sweet dumplingsWhen a couple are getting married in Taiwan, the bride's family, neighbors, and friends traditionally get together to make small dumplings from sticky rice. During the engagement and wedding celebrations, the bride's family serve the sticky dumplings to everyone who visits them. The dumplings aren't flavored, but they're usually served with a sweet soup (or sweetened in some other way).

The handmade sticky dumpling balls are a gift from the family and all the friends and neighbors nearby. When they get together making the sticky dumpling balls, it's always a happy atmosphere. The dumplings aren't hard to make. It's like a kind of party, with everyone talking, laughing, and eating. A daughter getting married is everyone's business. So making the dumplings together is a blessing they all prepare for the bride. They put their happiness into making the sweet sticky dumplings, and share it with everyone.