Cheap Eat of the Week: the fried sesame seed balls from Dynasty Chinese Cuisine


Published:

Dynasty's deep-fried sesame seed balls (Image: Gizelle Lau)

As a kid, one of my favourite parts of Chinese New Year — celebrated this year on Sunday, Feb. 10 — was getting the red envelopes stuffed with fresh, crisp money bills, given to children by parents and married couples. Today, be it old age or simply nostalgia, I consider the meals at Chinese New Year to be the highlight.

One popular Chinese New Year tradition is the deep-fried sesame ball. Available at dim sum restaurants like Dynasty Chinese Cuisine year-round ($5.55), it’s made with glutinous rice flour that’s covered in sesame seeds and then deep-fried. When it hits the fryer, the dough expands to create a crispy, chewy ball that’s hollow inside. It’s often filled with red bean, black bean or lotus.

At Chinese New Year, they say that eating sesame balls will give you good luck; that your fortune will expand like the dough does in when it’s turning golden in the fryer.

Dynasty Chinese Cuisine, 69 Yorkville Ave., 416-923-3323

Gizelle Lau is a food/travel writer and photographer in Toronto who lives from one meal to the next. Her column, Cheap Eat of the Week, highlights dishes that costs $10 or less. Follow her on Twitter for your daily dose of food from in/around the city.

For more cheap eats from Toronto, check out our Pinterest page

 

Edit Module

Join the conversation and have your say by commenting below. Our comment system uses a Facebook plugin. Please note that you'll have to turn off some ad-blockers in order to see the comments.

Edit Module

Follow us on Twitter @PostCity for more on what to eat, where to shop and what to do in Toronto.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

You may also like...

Uptown Dinesafe infractions from July

Uptown Dinesafe infractions from July

The uptown restaurants that received conditional passes on their Dinesafe inspections in July.
Posted 8 hours ago
At the Bar: Lavelle, the latest see-and-be-seen spot pairs swilling with swimming

At the Bar: Lavelle, the latest see-and-be-seen spot pairs swilling with swimming

Boasting 16,000 square feet of patio space and a rooftop pool (well three, actually) that puts much of North America to shame (it’s one of the longest), Lavelle is the cat’s pyjamas.
Posted 10 hours ago
Toronto restaurants join together to raise funds for Italian earthquake relief

Toronto restaurants join together to raise funds for Italian earthquake relief

A growing list of Toronto restaurants — including the Bucas, Campagnolo and Tutti Matti — have committed to donate a portion of the money they receive for every portion of pasta all'Amatriciana to the Canadian Red Cross Italy Earthquake Appeal.
Posted 1 day ago
From Lamesa to Lasa, this duo is leading a Filipino food revolution

From Lamesa to Lasa, this duo is leading a Filipino food revolution

A few months ago, Les Sabilano decided to transform his parents’ Midtown grocery store into his second culinary offering: Lasa by Lamesa, a quick-service joint serving traditional Filipino fare.
Posted 2 days ago
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleEdit Module