Stuffed Red Dates in Salty-Sweet Syrup
For glutinous rice paste:
For salty-sweet syrup:
To prepare dates:
  1. Remove seeds from the dates with a small slit – do not cut through. Soak the dates in water for 15 minutes.
  2. 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.
  3. Pinch a small piece of dough and stuff it into the date through the slit. Press the dough in gently.
  4. 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:
  1. Bring water and all the ingredients to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15–20 minutes.
  2. Serve the stuffed dates with the syrup.