Dragon Boat Festival 端午節
My mom has been making zhonzi for the past 2 days for the Dragon Boat Festival ( in Taiwan we call it Duawu Jie, 端午節), which is a Chinese holiday that celebrate the death by suicide of Qu Yuan who is a poet and a statesperson.
The Duanwu Festival (in Mandarin Chinese pronunciation) or Tuen Ng Festival (in Cantonese Chinese pronunciation) is a Chinese traditional and statutory holiday. It is a public holiday in mainland China and Taiwan, where it is called the “Duanwu Jie” and a public holiday in Hong Kong and Macau, where it is called the “Tuen Ng Jit”. In English it is also referred to as “Dragon Boat Festival”, after one of the traditional activities for the holiday.
The Duanwu Festival occurs on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese calendar, giving rise to the alternative name of Double Fifth. In 2009, this falls on May 28. The focus of the celebrations includes eating zongzi, which are large rice wraps, drinking realgar wine, and racing dragon boats.
The Duanwu Festival has also been celebrated in other East Asian nations. For some equivalent or related celebrations in these countries, seeKodomo no hi in Japan, Dano in Korea, and Tết Đoan Ngọ in Vietnam.
And the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese calendar happens to be tomorrow, May 28th.
Here’s the ingredients you need to make zhonzi.
Some Lotus leaf wrap.
Some shrimp, mushroom, and meat stuffing.
A special kind of rice that is more sticky and tasty
That is basically what we normally put in a zhonzi.
Once we have the ingredients we needed we can start making zhonzi!
First you soak the leaf in the water to make them cleaner and softer so they won’t crack when you’re wrapping them.
Then you check each leafs to see if they have holes in them, if they do you can’t use them.
Now you have to cook the rice, and then set up very things close by. (like the image above)
You use 3 leafs for 1 zhonzi, and lay them over each others to make them bigger and thicker.
You fold half of the leafs to make a little triangle and put the rice in first at the bottom.
Then you put the stuffing in and after that you put another layer of rice on top.
After you’re finish stuffing them you wrap them with the other half of the leafs that is not folded, and ties it up with the string.
You can either hang the ones you’re finished or put them in a plate.
Once your finish making all the zhonzi, it’s time to cook them.
3 hours later…………………………………
When I was in Taiwan I use to watch dragon boat races and make zhonzi with my family on Duawu Jie every year, but ever since I moved to America my family stopped celebrating it. So this is actually my first zhonzi in 10 years (>.<)