Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Happy Duanwu Festival or Dumpling Day!

Source: Redcook.net
The Chinese community celebrates a number of major festivals in a lunar year. We celebrate one today. Today, we celebrate Duanwu Jie/Festival - which literally means double five as in fifth day of the fifth month. It is also referred to as Dragon Boat Festival as racing dragon boats is one of the activities connected with this festival. The island of Penang holds annual dragon boat races and has been doing so for three decades. This year's races were held last weekend at the usual venue of Teluk Bahang Dam in Batu Ferringhi.

Besides the legend, Chinese festivals are usually associated with a specific food item. The food related to this Duanwu Jie is the conventional triangular-shaped rice dumplings or zongzi as they are called in Mandarin. Traditionally, these rice dumplings are made at home but these days, you can buy them from foodstalls in markets and eating places. They are now available all year round.

Zongzi is a traditional Chinese food, made of glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings and wrapped in bamboo, reed, or other large flat leaves. They are cooked by steaming or boiling, usually the latter.

If you are interested to try cooking/preparing zongzi, here's a traditional recipe to try on how to make savoury rice Zongzi.

And here's a recipe for making Alkaline Zongzi with Red Bean Paste Filling.


Also, see if you'd be able to get an egg to stand up. It is believed and proven that eggs can stand up on this festival or rather during summer solstice at noon. Try it and let us know.

Here's the proof..
Source:Cultureofchinese.com

Happy Duanwu Jie or colloquially, Happy Dumpling Day!
More information:
Dumpling Day or Duanwu Festival - June 24,2012
Dumpling Day - A Chinese festival - June 6, 2011

16 comments:

  1. Happy Duanwu Festival
    Happy Dumplings Festival
    Happy Dragon Boat Festival

    hmmm, i think dumplings festival may not be appropriate nowadays since we can get to taste it all year round huh?? haha~~ :D

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    1. My thinking is it's not the dumplings but more the tradition of celebrating a festival and the family gathering together for a festival meal. No?

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  2. oh really?? the eggs can stand on this day?? i thought only during the Spring Equinox, haha~~ BTW, there's actually a scientific explanation that eggs can stand at anytime like that, not only during those days~~~ :p

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    1. You're right that it's supposed to happen during either the spring equinox or the autumnal equinox. You're right too about the scientific explanation.

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  3. happy duan wu to you HS

    eggs can stand at noon? Hmm later will try...if i remember...

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    1. Small Kucing, maybe not this time. Try it in Sep.

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  4. Happy Row Row Your Boat Festival. Yeah eggs can stand anytime but take a much much longer time as compared to the special dates.

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  5. Have not eaten any Zongzi yet leh no got woh need to buy one not counted haha.

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    1. I remember we used to eat zongzi for lunch and dinner when I was little. My grandma used to make a lot. Missing that..

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  6. Nowadays older folks at home are too old to make them anymore and the young ones have not picked up the skills of wrapping so eventually not much chance to eat home-made zongzi in future.

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    1. So true and it's not easy to get good ones as most of them are loaded with far too much MSG. Inflation has driven up the price too. One dumpling can sometimes cost as much as a plate of noodles!

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  7. Have been eating bak zhang the whole week! Yummy! Happy Dumpling Festival! : )

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    1. Yum, if they are mom-made. :D

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  8. Happy duan wu jie~ XD

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    1. Hi! Trust you had a good time too.

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