Wednesday, 20 February 2008

汤圆 – tāng yuán – Rice flour dumplings

Rice flour dumplings are made of glutinous rice and are served in soup.

The first character is 汤, tāng meaning soup or broth.

The second character is 圆, yuán meaning spherical or round. Clearly this character is not round! It certainly doesn't look like a dumpling.

tāng is pronounced tang, with a 1st or high, level tone.

yuán is pronounced you-wan with a 2nd or rising tone.