Glutinous rice cake is a centuries-old dessert originally from Beijing. It’s pretty famous in China because of its great flavor and its funny name. It’s called “lv da gun” in Chinese, which literally translates to English as “Rolling Donkey.”
It’s a rice roll made from steamed glutinous rice (sticky rice), filled with sweet red bean paste and scattered with cooked soy flour. The soy flour gives it a yellowish color, which looks like a donkey rolling on the ground, raising dust. That’s why this dessert gets its name, lv da gun.
Chinese glutinous rice cake has become a favorite of people who’re visiting Beijing. They’re always so surprised that this lovely dessert is so yummy, light and healthy. It is sweet and sticky, with lots of soybean flavor that folks seem to love. Honestly, it is my favorite Beijing snack.
I hope you will enjoy this recipe. ^^
Chinese Glutinous Rice Cake (Rolling Donkey)
- Prep time: 30 mins
- Cook Time: 15-20 mins
- Total Time: about 50 mins
- Serving Size: 4
- 1 cup glutinous rice flour
- 1/2 cup sweetened red bean paste
- 1/2 cup soy flour
- 1 cup water
- Cooking oil spray
Step by step
- Mix glutinous rice flour with water into a dough.
- Grease a platter with cooking oil spray(to ensure a clean release after steaming), and place the dough on it. Steam in a steamer for 15 to 20 minutes or until fully cooked. Then remove the cooked dough from the steamer and let it cool down.
- Stir-fry soy flour on low to medium heat (do not add oil), until light brown. Set aside.
- Lightly dust a cutting board with cooked soy flour. Place the dough on the cutting board and flatten the dough into a rectangle shape, making it as thin as possible.
- Spread the red bean paste evenly on the dough and roll it up. Cut into small squares. Spread the cooked soy flour on rice cakes. Done! Serve immediately.
This glutinous rice cake (rolling donkey) is a quick and fun snack that you and your families will enjoy making and eating! If you try it, do let me know how it goes! 🙂