For instance, one is not to do any of the following on or during the New Year grace period:
- Sweep your house.
- Wash or cut your hair.
- Cry (which is the only day of the year where statistically the fewest number of calls are made to child protection services from Chinese*).
- Break dishes.
- Leave debts from the previous year.
- Handling sharp objects, such as scissors or knives
To hopefully counter my predisposed bad luck, I hoped that
|[These GD sesame balls better bring me good luck this GD year...]|
|[Mung bean-based "sweetened black bean paste" in a can. Safe cause it's from Taiwan. Otherwise made of childrens' socks in China.]|
Anyways, here's how to generate your own good luck (in good Engrish).
Sesame balls (Zin deui)
Makes 10-12 small balls
- 1.5 to 2 cups (~175g) glutinous rice flour (best to weigh this because the metric measurement is more accurate)
- 1/2cup (125ml) water or a scant more
- 2 Tb (25g) sugar
- 1 tsp (5ml) baking powder
- 1/2 cup (~50g) sweetened black bean (like the stuff in mooncakes), red bean or lotus seed paste
- Sesame seeds for coating
- Vegetable oil for deep frying
Do it here:
- Heat oil to a balmy temperature, prefer 350°F, in a pot deep enough to allow the balls to swimming.
- Dissolve the sugar in water.
- Merge baking powder into the glutinous rice flour.
- Mix sugar water in with the flour mixture until it gathers into a ball.
- Disconnect dough into 10 or 12 pieces same size. Roll each one out into a ball, about 0.5cm thick. Keep them covered with a humid.
- In hand, place one flattened ball, poop one scant teaspoon of black bean paste in the middle.
- Pinch sides together as evenly as possible, making sure there are no cracks or whores.
(Chow note: ensure the ball is well-sealed; if there are cracks, they will end up looking like a pubescent pimple—volatile yet strangely fascinating, comme ça:)
[Exploded sesame ball]
- Roll ball in sesame make cover.
- Hot oil frying to float the ball and delicious gold tint.
- Drain on dish lined with paper towel. Best eat fresh.
Gung hei fat choi! 恭喜發財!
*Statistically made-up but likely true.