Thursday, May 21, 2009

Bak Chang Festival or Rice Dumpling - Zongzi is upon us!

I love Bak Chang or Rice Dumpling Festival, it'll soon be upon us :-) Thanks to Aunty Dr L for the two home-made dumplings :-) SLURP!

Step 1: Steam...

Step 2: Unwrap :-)

Step 3: Enjoy!

Zongzi (or zong) is a traditional Chinese food, made of glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings and wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves. They are cooked by steaming or boiling. They are known in Japanese as chimaki. Laotians, Thais, Cambodians, and Vietnamese (bánh tro) also have similar traditional dishes influenced by zongzi.
Zongzi (also known as rice dumpling) is traditionally eaten during the Dragon Boat Festival (Mandarin: Duanwu; Cantonese: Tuen Ng) which falls on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese calendar (approximately early to mid-June), commemorating the death of Qu Yuan, a famous Chinese poet from the kingdom of Chu who lived during the Warring States period.
Known for his patriotism, Qu Yuan tried unsuccessfully to warn his king and countrymen against the expansionism of their Qin neighbors. When the Qin Dynasty general Bai Qi took Yingdu, the Chu capital, in 278 BC, Qu Yuan's grief was so intense that he drowned himself in the Miluo river after penning the Lament for Ying. According to legend, packets of rice were thrown into the river to prevent fish from eating the poet's body. Another version states that zongzi were given to placate a dragon that lived in the river.


Precious Pea said...

You skipped the most tedious process of making bakchang la!! Hahaha! But of course, the best is still the unwrap and feast process.

CUMI & CIKI said...

i like mine full of fat, full of pork full of chestnuts... (ok la .. full of everything). I ALSO like the white on with the red bean stuffing.

mmmmmmmmm... now u making me crave ZHONG!