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


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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.

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