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Making Edible Water Beads

These are cheap, easy and fun to make (for children and adults alike). Here’s what you need:

Glutinous Rice Flour,
Food Colouring,

1) Mix one cup of glutenous rice flour with diluted food colouring and mix it till it is damp and firm (like play dough).
2) Roll the dough into a long strip and cut it up into smaller bits,
3) Roll the bits of dough into small balls (my boys love doing this!) and place them on a baking sheet,
4) Repeat with different colors,
5) Bring some water to a boil in a saucepan and put the small round dough into the pot (be sure that there is enough water in the saucepan so that all the dough is completely immersed),
6) When the dough starts floating in the saucepan (in about 3 minutes), remove it and place them in a bucket of running water (the cold water prevents them from sticking together),
7) Put them in a tub (with or without water) for hours of fun.

These edible water beads are a delicacy in some Chinese cultures. They are often stuffed with peanut sauce or sesame paste and served in fragrant soup as a desert.

* These edible water beads lasts for a few days if stored in an airtight container and refrigerated when not in use.
* To view more pictures taken at every step of the process, please go to

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