Winter Solstice festival is here and as part of the celebration, "Tang Yuen", which are simply glutinous rice balls cooked and served in sweet brown sugar syrup is eaten. I still remember when I was young, I would help my grandma and mother to roll these riceballs mixed with green, yellow and red food colouring (some are also without any colouring for white ones) the night before. Each riceball is actually rolled at least twice to ensure that it would stay round after it was cooked and served. My mom also used to make 2 types of syrup, 1 which is actually just with sugar and pandan leaves, and the other type was with dark brown sugar.
Tang stands for reunion and yuan means round or complete. Eating Tang Yuan is symbolic of family unity and harmony. Also according to Chinese customs as well, we are supposed to grow a year older after eating these Tang Yuen. However, I know of a stall in Magazine Road near KOMTAR that sells these Tang Yuen nightly. Guess those who always frequent that stall must be all very old. :D