Happy Dragon Boat Festival! Learn Mandarin for business Duanwu festival (端午节, also called Dragon boat festival) which is on the 5th of May according to the Chinese lunar calendar. This year it falls on the 14th of June on a regular calendar.
How do Chinese people celebrate Dragon Boast Festival?
TRADITIONAL FOOD FOR DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
Zongzi (粽子, Chinese sticky rice dumpling) is a traditional food for celebrating Duanwu festival (端午节, aka Dragon boat festival) which is on the 5th of May according to the Chinese lunar calendar. This year it falls on the 14th of June on a regular calendar.
Zongzi (粽子, Chinese sticky rice dumpling) is a traditional food for celebrating But Zongzi is definitely an indispensable delicacy that makes this festival very attractive and special.
IT’S STICKY, AROMATIC AND FLAVOURSOME
Zongzi is basically glutinous rice with sweet or savoury fillings wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves. After being cooked in water, all the ingredients stick together and stay in a particular shape when unwrapped. It’s a sticky, aromatic and flavoursome treat that involves some very specific preparation but it’s worth every bit of effort.
TWO VARIETIES: SWEET & SAVOURY
There is a large variety of Zongzi across China. They differ in size, shape and filling. Growing up with sweet Zongzi stuffed with red beans and/or Chinese dates, I encountered culture shock the first time I heard of savoury ones.
Having meat as the main filling is very popular in the southern regions of China such as Shanghai, Canton, etc. You may also find them filled with salted egg yolks, chestnuts, dried shrimp, etc. Obviously sweet and savoury Zongzi are very different in taste, but I think they are equally delicious!
HOW TO MAKE ZONGZI?
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