This is one of the many southern Chinese New Year snacks. "Jian Dui comes, gold and silver comes (煎堆碌碌,金银满屋)."

  • 1½ tbsp shortening
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2½ cups glutinous rice flour
  • 1 cup sweet red beanpaste (or sweet lotus seed paste)
  • 1 cup white sesame seeds
  • oil for frying
  1. Heat the shortening gently until it has just melted,
  2. add the sugar to 1 cup water in a small pan and boil until the sugar has dissolved, combine the shortening and the sugar syrup with the flour, blending very thoroughly.
  3. Break off small pieces of the mixture, just large enough to shape roughly into 4 cm (1 ½ in) cubes.
  4. Break off much smaller pieces of sweet bean paste and roll these between your palms to form little balls, scoop out a small "plug" of the rice flour dough cubes(or hollow this out with your little finger or a suitable utensil), insert the the sweet bean paste ball deep inside, and plug the hole.
  5. Roll the cubes between your palms or on the working surface to shape into balls. Roll these balls in the sesame seeds to coat all over, pressing lightly to ensure that they adhere.
  6. Heat plenty of oil in the wok for semi deep frying or in a deep fryer, to 170ºC (340F) and fry the rice balls in several batches until golden brown all over, drain well and serve hot or cold.
from the Great Book of Chinese Cooking.