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Rice Dumpling Day
The 粽子, pronounced as ‘zong zi’ which means Rice Dumplings in Chinese are usually available whole year round. However, it is on the 5th day of the 5th month of the Chinese calendar that eating the zong zi is the highlight of the celebration called the 端午节, pronounced as ‘duan wu jie’ or commonly known as the Dragon Boat Festival.
Making the zong zi is a kung fu that has been passed on from generations to generations until today. Fortunately, my flat mates had this kung fu passed on to them from their elders, and today, I shall level up and acquire this skill of zong zi making!
Once the fillings are ready, comes the hard part which will put your kung fu to the test! Two bamboo leaves are placed on top of each other with the smoother surface facing you and with the sharper ends of the leaves at opposite sides, forming what looks like am empty cone. The rice is then placed into the ‘hold’ followed by the mushroom and pork fillings and then rice again all the way to the brim. The ends of the leaves are then folded over the top leaving you with what looks like a 3-sided pyramid shaped relic .
There’s Master Janis wishing you all a Happy Duan Wu Festival!