Winter Solstice 冬至 falls on every 22 December of the year, except for the year where there are 29 days in February, which happens every 4 year. If that happens, Winter Solstice will be on 23 December instead.
On this day, Chinese like to prepare Glutinous Rice Ball 汤圆. it's usually cooked in a water with Chinese brown sugar, ginger and pandan leaves.
This year I have plans to do something different and try to replicate a 'seasonal' promotion item from 鼎泰丰. It's like 汤圆 except it's steamed and rolled on dessicated coconut to give a subtle aroma. However, I find it more 'Q' (chewy). Due to it's slight opaque outlook. I suspect it might have Wheat Starch, those used to my Chinese Dim Sum, Har Gow 虾胶.
Bring water to a gentle boil. Add sugar and melt it. Remove from heat.
Add in wheat starch and glutinous flour. Mix well till dough become smooth. Divide into balls of 25g - 30g each.
Flatten the ball and put some peanut powder in the middle. Fold and roll the dough back into a ball. If your dough is not smooth and is with 'crease' lines, wet the surface with a drop of water and roll. Place peanut dough on a oiled dish.
Prepare your steamer or boil water in the wok. When the water starts to boil, place your dish of prepared peanut dough in. Steam on high fire for 10 mins.
Remove immediately and roll in desiccated coconut. Best if served while hot.
When mixing the dough, use a spatula first. Once the dough is cool enough to handle, use your hands to mix and knead it. When removing the steamed peanut ball from the steamer, remember to wet your hands or utensils, otherwise it will stick.