In response to my post featuring gelati on brioche, one waggish EIT reader proposed calling that Villabate Alba confection a Sicilian gua bao. In that spirit, may I present a distant cousin to the southern Italian rice ball. Rather than being stuffed with a savory ragu, this southern Chinese item, unlabeled except for the price ($1), proved to be filled with sweet red bean paste. I dub it the Fujianese arancino.
Previously: The glutinous wrapper of the dumpling shown below ($1) was dyed green, perhaps by mugwort, and the filling might have been shredded daikon, though it had been sweetened beyond easy recognition. A set of nearly identical green dumplings from the same table, filled with sticky rice, each sported a red dot; the dumpling shown here in biteaway view was unmarked. Both types of dumplings may belong to a broad category of Hakka snacks called aiban.
Also shown: a skinny peanut-studded zongzi ($1).
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35 East Broadway (Catherine-Market Sts.), Manhattan