Sticky Rice Balls with Peanuts

The process of crafting sticky rice balls with peanuts is both enjoyable and straightforward, resulting in a delectable treat that can serve as a satisfying snack or a delightful dessert option! These delectable treats are incredibly sweet, delightfully chewy, and generously coated with a generous amount of ground peanuts and toasted sesame seeds, making them absolutely irresistible!

Every single instance that I engage in the activity of procuring ingredients at our local Asian supermarket, I unfailingly make it a point to acquire a quantity of one or two packages of glutinous rice balls that have been infused with peanuts, which are commonly referred to as Tong. However, it is noteworthy that the Cantonese term for luck is also associated with the action of going or moving forward. I have an immense fondness for indulging in these chewy and sticky glutinous balls, and my willpower is no match for the temptation to consume them in rapid succession. It is a rare occurrence for any of these delectable treats to survive the journey back to my abode.

Sticky Rice Balls with Peanuts

These delectable treats are simply irresistible with their delightful sweetness, satisfying chewiness, and an abundant coating of finely ground peanuts and toasted sesame seeds.

Thankfully, I am able to satiate my yearnings without the hassle of a cumbersome trip to the market since they are incredibly effortless to concoct and require only a handful of minutes to assemble.

Much like the traditional Filipino delicacy known as palitaw, these delectable treats are crafted by skillfully blending glutinous rice flour with water to create a smooth and pliable dough. The dough is then expertly molded into perfectly round balls and gently boiled in water until they gracefully rise to the surface. On the other hand, Tong But Luck are not covered with grated coconut. Instead, they are coated with finely ground peanuts that provide a pleasant and satisfying crunchiness and fragrance.

Cooking tips

  • I use 1 cup of water to 2 cups of flour ratio which I find yields the chewy texture I like. The mixture will look dry at first but keep on mixing with your hands until it gathers into a smooth, soft, and pliable dough.
  • Once the balls rise to the surface, they’re done. Use a slotted spoon to remove them from the water right away to keep from over-cooking and drain well to prevent from wetting the peanut coating.
  • Let them cool just enough to touch and begin immediately to roll in the ground peanuts as they’ll coat better when still warm.

How to serve

  • These glutinous rice balls are delicious as a midday snack or after-meal dessert. Pair with coffee, tea, or hot chocolate for the ultimate treat!
  • They’re best enjoyed at room temperature as they tend to harden when cold.
  • If refrigerated, warm them up in the microwave for a few seconds or until softened.

Sticky Rice Balls with Peanuts


  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 cup ground peanuts
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups glutinous rice flour
  • 1 cup water
  • water for boiling


    • In a pan over medium heat, toast sesame seeds, stirring frequently, for about 30 to 45 seconds or until lightly browned and fragrant. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
    • In a bowl, combine toasted sesame seeds, peanuts, and sugar. Set aside.
    • In a bowl, place glutinous rice flour and slowly add water. Combine to form a soft, pliable dough. Knead dough until no longer sticky.
    • Portion about 1 teaspoonful and between palm of hands, roll into 1-inch balls. Repeat with remaining dough. While working, cover the formed balls with a damp cloth to prevent from drying out.
    • In a pot over medium heat, bring about 4 to 5 inches deep of water to a boil. Add balls and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes or until they float to the top. Do not overcrowd the pot, cook in batches as needed.
    • Using a slotted spoon, remove rice balls from the pot using a slotted spoon, shaking off excess liquid.
    • Roll balls in the peanut mixture, pressing down peanuts to fully coat. Serve immediately.


    Nutritional info calculated at 2 pieces per serving.

Sticky Rice Balls with Peanuts

FAQ Sticky Rice Balls with Peanuts

Here are some frequently asked questions about sticky rice balls with peanuts:

Q: What are sticky rice balls with peanuts?

A: Sticky rice balls with peanuts, also known as tangyuan or yuanxiao, are a traditional Chinese dessert made from glutinous rice flour dough filled with a sweet peanut filling. They are usually served in a sweet syrup or sometimes with a ginger-infused broth.

Q: How are sticky rice balls with peanuts made?

A: To make sticky rice balls with peanuts, glutinous rice flour is mixed with water to form a dough. The dough is then divided into small portions, flattened, and filled with a mixture of crushed peanuts and sugar. The dough is then shaped into balls and cooked by boiling in water until they float to the surface and become soft and chewy.

Q: Are sticky rice balls with peanuts gluten-free?

A: Traditional sticky rice balls with peanuts are typically gluten-free since they are made from glutinous rice flour, which is gluten-free. However, it’s essential to ensure that the glutinous rice flour you use is labeled gluten-free to avoid any cross-contamination.

Q: How do you serve sticky rice balls with peanuts?

A: Sticky rice balls with peanuts are usually served in a sweet syrup made from sugar and water. The cooked rice balls are added to the syrup and gently simmered for a few minutes to infuse them with flavor. Some people also enjoy serving them in a warm ginger-infused broth.

Q: Can I make sticky rice balls with peanuts in advance?

A: Yes, you can make sticky rice balls with peanuts in advance. Once they are cooked, you can store them in the refrigerator for a day or two. When you’re ready to serve, reheat them gently in the syrup or broth until warmed through.

Q: Can I freeze sticky rice balls with peanuts?

A: Yes, you can freeze sticky rice balls with peanuts. After cooking, let them cool completely, then transfer them to an airtight container or freezer bag. They can be stored in the freezer for up to a month. When you want to eat them, thaw them in the refrigerator overnight and reheat them gently before serving.

Q: Are there any variations of sticky rice balls with peanuts?

A: Yes, there are variations of sticky rice balls with different fillings and flavors. Some common variations include black sesame paste, red bean paste, or a combination of both. You can also experiment with different coatings, such as crushed peanuts or sesame seeds, to add texture and flavor.

Remember, cooking techniques and ingredients may vary based on personal preferences and regional traditions, so feel free to adapt the recipe to suit your taste. Enjoy your sticky rice balls with peanuts!

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