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Sweet Ginger Light Syrup with Glutinous Rice Balls

Course Dessert
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword chinese new year, dessert soup, sesame, sweet
Author Lokness


  • 6 cups water
  • 4 - 5 ginger slices (cut the skin off)
  • 1 - 1 ½  brown sugar pieces (brick) or 2 – 3 pieces rock sugar (golf ball size)
  • 6 - 10 frozen glutinous rice ball


  • In a medium pot, bring the water to boil in high heat.
  • Meanwhile, put the ginger slices on the chopping board. Hit the ginger with the side of a knife to release the ginger juice and flavor.
  • Once the water is boiled, put in half of sugar and the ginger slices. When the sugar has melted, taste to try. Adjust the sweetness to your likeness.
  • Take out the glutinous rice balls out of the freezer, and put them in the boiling light syrup directly. Reduce the heat to low. To make sure the balls are not stick to the bottom of the pot, use a spoon to scoop them lightly. Wait until they float on the water. Once they are floating, cook for 3 - 4 more minutes. Serve immediately.


  1. You can glutinous rice balls from most Chinese supermarkets, like 99 Ranch.