Tonight is New Year’s Eve of the Year of the Dragon when families gather together for a Chinese New Year reunion dinner. As Foodies, we look forward to this scrumptious meal but the best part is the dessert, glutinous rice balls, tang yuan (湯圓).

Many Chinese dishes have names with homophones that signify prosperity. In Chinese, glutinous rice balls sound like reunion. The round shape of the balls and the round bowls in which they are served also represent unity of the family. Glutinous rice balls often have peanut or sesame fillings. Tonight, we are having ones with peanut fillings. They are boiled and served in sugar water.

Here’s to a healthy and prosperous Year of the Snake!