How To Make Tang Yuan Soup Without Artificial Colouring

The Singapore Women's Weekly Tang Yuan Recipe

Traditionally eaten on the last day of Chinese New Year, these jewelled dumplings in a sweet soup base have been given an all-natural twist.


Tang Yuan Balls

300 g glutinous rice flour

3 tsp sugar

2 pandan leaves

1/2 red dragon fruit

Sweet Soup

1 liter water

80 g ginger

80 g rock sugar

1 pandan leaf


1Divide flour and sugar equally into 3 bowls. Gradually add water to first bowl and knead the dough until soft, smooth, easily pliable yet not sticky to the touch (too wet), nor crumbly (too dry).

2Blend shredded pandan leaves with water and strain to get pandan juice. Add to second bowl of flour-sugar mix and knead as above.

3Purée dragon fruit and add to third bowl of flour-sugar mix and knead as above.

4Roll out the dough into strips, cut up into even-sized pieces and roll into balls.

5Start preparing the sweet soup base by bringing 1 litre of water to a boil. Then add ginger, pandan leaf and rock sugar to taste. Reduce heat to a simmer until sugar dissolves.

6Add the tang yuan balls into the water and cook until they float to the surface.

7To serve, transfer the tang yuan and its soup into individual bowls.