Today is the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, which happens to be the Dragon Boat festival or Rice Dumpling (zong zi, bak chang) festival because traditionally, it is at this period that we see these delicious packages appear. Traditionally. These days, these rice dumplings can be found the whole year round. Sort of makes them less special 😛
Still, I don’t eat them often, because I’m a bit of a traditionalist (and I’m not that much of a fan of commercial ones 😛 ) I grew up with my late grandmother’s rice dumplings which were to me, the best I’d ever had (every family will have a similar story I’m sure!) Each pyramid package was chockfull of goodies – braised meat, mushrooms, chestnuts, dried oysters… just barely held together with glutinous rice and wrapped in bamboo leaves, then boiled for hours to cook.
Are you a fan of these traditional rice dumplings, or what I call bak chang?