In Chinese Lantern Festival, there has two traditional foods, Tangyuan and Yuanxiao. The round shape of the dumpling is a symbol of wholeness, completeness and comity.Tangyuan’s English name is named as glue pudding & sweet dumplings. Yuanxiao’s English name is named as ‘Lantern Festival‘.
Even in China, many Chinese people consider them to be the same food, but they are different certainty.
The difference between Tangyuan and Yuanxiao
The difference between Tangyuan and Yuanxiao is the way they are made and cooked. This is because that Chinese in different geographic areas prepare the food in different ways.
Most Southerners eat and make Tangyuan, its making way like making jiaozi [dumplings, they use wet flour wrappers to fold around a filling.Most southerners like briny taste food, so that the filling usually use meat filling.
Most Northerners eat and make Yuanxiao, its make way is contrary. Northerners always make filling first, and use the filling roll on the flour.Most northerners like sweet taste food, so that the filling usually use bean paste filling.
More details about Chinese Lantern Festival food:
‘The song of Tang-yuan’ in the post Chinese Lantern Festival Music.