Stuffed Red Dates in Salty-Sweet Syrup
pick the large ones
Glutinous rice paste
For glutinous rice paste:
glutinous rice flour
(tang mien fun)
For salty-sweet syrup:
shelled gingko nuts
steamed till soft
dried longan flesh
shredded and knotted
To prepare dates:
Remove seeds from the dates with a small slit – do not cut through. Soak the dates in water for 15 minutes.
In a mixing bowl, combine the glutinous rice flour, wheat starch, sugar and salt. Pour in hot water followed by water, and mix into a soft dough.
Pinch a small piece of dough and stuff it into the date through the slit. Press the dough in gently.
Bring a pot of water to boil and drop the dates in. Cook for 4–5 minutes, or until cooked through. Dish out with a slotted spoon and soak them in ice-cold water.
To prepare syrup:
Bring water and all the ingredients to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15–20 minutes.
Serve the stuffed dates with the syrup.