I don’t know when my love for tang yuan (rice flour balls) started, but I suspect it must have been long long time ago as a kid, when I would roll these little balls with my great-grandma and cousins, and boil them in a sweet ginger soup.
Anyway, my favorite is “75 Ah Balling Peanut Soup” and they have an outlet in Nex Mall (Serangoon). I used to satisfy my sweet cravings at their Beach Road outlet or in Chinatown, but now I can have it in the comfort of an air-conditioned mall.
They come with a few fillings – peanut, red bean, yam, sesame or green tea. And you can have a combination of these in peanut or ginger soup. I always go for peanut filling, in peanut soup.
The flour balls are cooked perfectly so they are firm – not too hard or too soft. Once you bite into it, you immediately get the taste of the filling, without the flour sticking to your teeth or mouth. The right balance of flour and the amount of filling is also critical.
The beauty of the peanut soup is that it’s filled excessively with soft peanuts, and it’s not too sweet. The ginger soup is good for days when you want something lighter.
75 Ah Balling Peanut Soup
#03-K9 (just at the entrance of NTUC supermarket)
Nex Mall, 23 Serangoon Central
Opens 11am – 9.30pm daily
Outlet in NEX has closed, please visit their outlet in Golden Mile Food Centre:
505 Beach Road
#01-75 Golden Mile Food Centre