On yesterday’s 元宵节 (Yuánxiāojié), translated as Chinese Lantern Festival, which falls on the first full moon of the Chinese New Year and marks the end of the new year celebrations in China, my company prepares 汤圆 (Tāngyuán), sweet glutinous rice balls filled with sesame paste. It’s tradition to eat Tangyuan, which come in the shape of the full moon, on Lantern Festival.
When my co-worker comes into the kitchen and sees me with a bowl of Tangyuan, she says: “You shouldn’t eat too many of these. They are hard to digest when you’re pregnant – you know, with all the glutinous rice and stuff.”
Has anyone ever advised you on what and what not to eat? I’d love to read your comments.