Glutinous Rice Cake (Rolling Donkey)

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.”

A photo of Chinese dessert Glutinous Rice Cake (Rolling Donkey, lv da gun)

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.

A photo of Chinese dessert Glutinous Rice Cake (Rolling Donkey, 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. ^^

A photo of Chinese dessert Glutinous Rice Cake (Rolling Donkey, lv da gun) flour

A photo of Chinese dessert Glutinous Rice Cake (Rolling Donkey, lv da gun) dough

A photo of Chinese dessert Glutinous Rice Cake (Rolling Donkey, lv da gun) dough

A photo of Chinese dessert Glutinous Rice Cake (Rolling Donkey, lv da gun) flour

A photo of Chinese dessert Glutinous Rice Cake (Rolling Donkey, lv da gun)

A photo of Chinese dessert Glutinous Rice Cake (Rolling Donkey, lv da gun)

 


Chinese Glutinous Rice Cake (Rolling Donkey)

  • Prep time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 15-20 mins
  • Total Time: about 50 mins
  • Serving Size: 4

Ingredients

  • 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

  1. Mix glutinous rice flour with water into a dough.
  2. 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.
  3. Stir-fry soy flour on low to medium heat (do not add oil), until light brown. Set aside.
  4. 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.
  5. 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! 🙂

See all Chinese DESSERT & BREAKFAST recipes

Follow:
Share:

21 Comments

  1. October 12, 2015 / 1:27 am

    Yum! Hmm I think a trip to the store is in order. I think I could actually make this and not mess it up! 🙂 lol Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • October 12, 2015 / 1:37 am

      Haha thank you! It’s really not that hard to make, it requires only a little patient flattening. I hope you will love it! 😀

  2. October 12, 2015 / 1:38 am

    such a cute thing!

  3. October 12, 2015 / 2:00 am

    Looks really delicious and fun! Since I moved to Hong Kong I’ve grown to like Chinese dessert a lot 🙂 We also have rice cake dessert in Korea, you inspired me to make some, thanks for sharing!

    • October 12, 2015 / 2:46 am

      Jin, thank you for liking Chinese dessert!! I like Korean food too. Since I moved to New York I’ve been to Korean town many many times. The soft tofu stew is so delicious that I eat almost every week!

  4. October 12, 2015 / 2:35 am

    Charlotte, your website is just gorgeous, not to mention mouth watering. The photography is just impeccable. It’s my first visit here and I’m already impressed. Thanks for sharing.

    • October 12, 2015 / 3:07 am

      Aw thank you so much for the kind words, I’m so happy you enjoy reading my blog! I love photography, really. 😀

  5. October 12, 2015 / 7:09 am

    This looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it. I really appreciate learning these types of recipes from you!:)

  6. October 25, 2015 / 10:55 am

    Thanks for this recipe and the explanation of the dish’s name. I had heard of it, I believe from my friend Darren who spent his honeymoon in China, but I knew nothing about the dish until now.

    It does look like a delicate and tempting sweetie dish.

  7. glutenfreeveganduo
    October 29, 2015 / 7:23 am

    Woaw! This looks amazing! I can’t stop looking at your blog, your pictures are amazing and everything looks delicious! Thank you for sharing all those gorgeous recipes 🙂

    • October 29, 2015 / 11:40 am

      Thank you so much for your comments! It’s my pleasure. I’m so happy you enjoy reading my blog! I do love photography, and these food were really delicious.:D

  8. December 1, 2015 / 5:49 am

    Yum! Could you send me some? 😀 😀 😀

    • December 1, 2015 / 10:38 am

      Haha no problem Jhuls! These rice cakes were soooo yum! Just don’t eat them all if they were in front of you.

      • December 1, 2015 / 10:49 am

        I’m afraid I couldn’t help myself! 😀

        • December 1, 2015 / 11:06 am

          That always happens to me! 😀

Leave a Reply