By far one of the most important holidays for the Chinese people, Spring Festival (or the Chinese Lunar New Year) falls on February 3 this year.
As a country covering 9.6 million square kilometers, China has a massive variety of different foods traditionally consumed during this big event. North China has its "Tang Yuan (Glutinous Rice Dumplings)", while the south China city of Guangzhou has "You Jiao" (Deep Fried Dumplings) and "Jian Dui" (Deep Fried Sesame Balls with peanut filling).
In the past, local Cantonese would heat a pan of oil for the "You Jiao" and "Jian Dui", which is believed to bring the whole family good luck at the beginning of the New Year.
Preparations for the Spring Festival often begin as early as one or two weeks before lunar New Year's Eve. Families become very busy not only preparing food, but also with the traditional cleaning and decoration work that welcomes a "new beginning". During this time the familiar smell of New Year dishes emanate from every kitchen.
Jin deui (Deep Fried Sesame Balls with peanut filling) 煎堆
Jian dui is a type of fried Chinese pastry made from glutinous rice flour. The pastry is coated with sesame seeds on the outside and is crisp and chewy. Inside the pastry is a large hollow, caused by the expansion of the dough. The hollow of the pastry is filled with a filling of peanuts or other things.
Ingredients: sticky rice powder, brown sugar, peanut crumbs, sesame seeds and oil