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Various Different Ways to Make Yuanxiao (Tangyuan) or With Alternative Ingredients

Today we are going to show you how to make Yuanxiao (or Tangyuan), sticky rice balls. Since you may or may not have the original Chinese cooking devices or ingredients, we are going to show you several ways to make Yuanxiao and some alternative ingredients.

As candy canes are to Christmas, Yuanxiao dumplings are to Lantern Festival, the last day (which falls on the first full moon of the New Year) of the traditional Lunar New Year celebrations. Lantern Festival has also since commercialized into a sort of Chinese Valentine’s Day. The Chinese believe that the round shape of the Yuanxiao symbolizes family togetherness. By eating the rice balls, they will bring their family happiness and good luck in the New Year. For this reason, Yuanxiao are also served at Chinese weddings and any other occasion of family reunion.

We had great success in making these – not even one filled rice ball broke open. The tastiest filling was the traditional black sesame. Other nuts and the chocolate filling tasted great as well. We tried adding avocado to some but did not particularly like the result.

Yuanxiao dumplings
Lantern Festival
Alternative Ingredients
Lunar New Year
family togetherness
of Chinese Valentine’s Day
coffee grinder
mortar and pestle
sticky rice flour
Glutinous rice flour 

High definition video may help you see all of this better. This video is shot in 4K UHD setting (if you have 4K TV, you may select this youtube Setting/Quality).

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How to Use Chopstick To Open A Wine Bottle

How to Use Chopstick To Open A Wine Bottle? Very easy and fast.

Please use the comment section below to share what is your favorite way to open the bottle.

A more comprehensive wine bottle technique can be found here:

10 Ways To Open A Wine Bottle

10 Ways To Open A Wine Bottle

If you don’t have a corkscrew, there are still many possible different ways to open a wine bottle. I classify various methods into 3 categories. Which one of the 10 ways is easier, safer & available? To save you the time, I review 10 different ways to open the bottle, make a few experiments to verify that they are working and compare the merits & effectiveness.

Toward the end of the video, at time 8:09 I will present the top ranking of the 10 methods. My chopstick method is the winner because it is usually available & easy to use although it has its limitations. The limitations of other methods are also discussed.

We can never skip fun in any video, if you want to impress your friends at the party and if your cork is inside the bottle, I will show you a way to take the cork out.

Please use the comment section below to share what is your favorite way to open the bottle.

How To Make Noodle Using Flour

How To Make noodle Using Flour?

I wanted to try to the technique of La Mian (using hands to stretch to make noodles). So one day I offered to cook a meal. I had experimented adding salt, adding soda, adding oil etc. However, even though I gained knowledge on the topic of lamian, I found out without using the high protein flour, it is very difficult to do lamian with regular flour.
Since I did not have the time to run to the store for different kind of flour, and the dinner time was approaching, my plan B was to make regular noodle using flour. A lot of people in China know how to make noodle, but my kids have never seen using regular flour to make noodle before. Even though this task may seem trivial, I hope this video can help those who have never seen this before.