Tong jyun for the holidays
Tong jyun, or tang yuan, is a traditional dessert for the Lantern Festival, which is the 15th and final day of the Chinese New Year celebration. The round shape of the tong jyun balls mimics the roundness of the full moon on this day.
Tong jyun always brings up an important Chinese saying, 團團圓圓 (tyun tyun jyun jyun), because of the character 圓 jyun, which means round. The auspicious saying refers to the togetherness and completeness of a family, and evokes the imagery of a whole, complete family being together at a round dinner table, happily enjoying a meal, especially during holiday reunions.
Thankfully, it's not limited to holidays any longer! This simple dessert is enjoyed all year round.
Now, as a dessert, tong jyun is world-famous, but if you'd like to try tong jyun as a savory main course, that's actually a Toisanese regional specialty. Our family's tried-and-true recipe for it is right here. Check it out!
Tong jyun or tang yuan?
You might see the name of this dish written as tang yuan. Tong jyun is the pronunciation in the Cantonese language, and tang yuan is what you'd call it in Mandarin. Don't worry, it's the same thing.
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