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12. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

This is what I remember from seeing my mom making them since I was a kid.

1. Soak the leaves in warm water to soften them first before washing in cold water.
2. Wash the glutinous rice.
3. Stew the pork (cut into small pieces), chestnuts and mushrooms (pre-soaked) in soya sauce, salt, sugar, garlic, pepper (and probably more, I don't remember).
4. Fry the glutinous rice (washed, but not cooked yet) with thick soya sauce and maybe light soya sauce and sugar/salt to taste. (again, don't quite remember!)
5. The wrapping part is hard to explain. Take two leaves and make it into a cone shape. Put some glutinous rice to 1/3 full. Put the fillings (pork, chestnuts, mushroom) into it. You may add boiled salted egg yolk (part of it) if you like. Fill the remaining space with glutinous rice. Wrap up the zhongzi closely with no holes/opening and tie it with a string.
6. Continue doing this and you shall have about 6-10 in a bunch of strings tied up together.
7. Boil a big pot of water. Put them in and boil for about 30 minutes, depending on the size.

Hope the above make sense!

Good observation!Hien!

I ate 5 dumplings this morning when mum was out! Will give the rest to my students and the parents!

Lee

13. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

The festival is best known for its dragon-boat races, especially in the southern provinces of China, where there are many rivers and boats. This regatta commemorates the death of Qu Yuan ....

Perhaps one of our Chinese members can tell us about Qu Yuan

14. Posted by newguy (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

He's a famous poet who was banished by the Emperor and later commited suicide by throwing himself into a river. When the villagers heard of the news, they quickly threw rice dumplings into the river to prevent fish from eating his body and they searched for his body in their small boats which supposedly looked like the long and narrow boats u see today in a dragon boat race. That's how the legend goes..i think.

I'm not from that era so i find it difficult to understand why people would idolize someone who throws in the towel when the going gets tough.

Whatever, anyway the festival has lost its significance on me. I don't eat rice dumplings except the nonya type and worse still, in the past, i often mixed up this festival with the Lantern or Mooncake festival.

15. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting Jared

That's how the legend goes..i think.

Almost exaclty Jared! :)

Qu Yuan was a great politician and poet in the Warring States Period (476 BC - 221 BC). He was born in an aristocratic family of Chu State, one of seven powerful states at that time. Fully trusted by the king of Chu State, Qu Yuan served as chief assistant to the king. He carried out political reforms, set up strict legal system, and gave full opportunity to the able. Menaced by the threat of Qin State, Qu Yuan advocated the alliance with other states, fighting against Qin with combined force. The ruler of Qin, who viewed Chu State as the number one adversary, schemed to undermine the good administration of Chu under Qu Yuan. He sent his men to bribe the brother and favorite woman of the king of Chu, who were jealous of the authority of Qu Yuan. The two spoke ill behind of Qu Yuan to the king and the king took it for truth at last. Qu Yuan was exiled eventually. In the course of his banishment, he produced a great many poets, expressing his concerns about the country and his detestation toward the treacherous persons.

On the breakthrough of Qin army into the capital of his country, Qu Yuan threw himself into Miluo River in present Hunan Province and died with his country. At the news of his suicide, Chu people, who held him in high reverence for his integrity and nobleness, rushed to rescue by boats. But, they failed even to find his body. So they dropped rice balls into the river in order that the fish would not eat his body.
In memory of this great patriotic poet, people made it a custom that on the day of his death, the fifth day of every fifth lunar month, dragon boat race would be held and people should eat Zongzi, which is the glutinous rice ball wrapped up with bamboo or reed leaves. The tradition is still kept up to now, called the Dragon Boat Day.

16. Posted by ARway (Budding Member 18 posts) 11y

Quoting CupCake

Quoting Jared

That's how the legend goes..i think.

Almost exaclty Jared! :)

Qu Yuan was a great politician and poet in the Warring States Period (476 BC - 221 BC). He was born in an aristocratic family of Chu State, one of seven powerful states at that time. Fully trusted by the king of Chu State, Qu Yuan served as chief assistant to the king. He carried out political reforms, set up strict legal system, and gave full opportunity to the able. Menaced by the threat of Qin State, Qu Yuan advocated the alliance with other states, fighting against Qin with combined force. The ruler of Qin, who viewed Chu State as the number one adversary, schemed to undermine the good administration of Chu under Qu Yuan. He sent his men to bribe the brother and favorite woman of the king of Chu, who were jealous of the authority of Qu Yuan. The two spoke ill behind of Qu Yuan to the king and the king took it for truth at last. Qu Yuan was exiled eventually. In the course of his banishment, he produced a great many poets, expressing his concerns about the country and his detestation toward the treacherous persons.

On the breakthrough of Qin army into the capital of his country, Qu Yuan threw himself into Miluo River in present Hunan Province and died with his country. At the news of his suicide, Chu people, who held him in high reverence for his integrity and nobleness, rushed to rescue by boats. But, they failed even to find his body. So they dropped rice balls into the river in order that the fish would not eat his body.
In memory of this great patriotic poet, people made it a custom that on the day of his death, the fifth day of every fifth lunar month, dragon boat race would be held and people should eat Zongzi, which is the glutinous rice ball wrapped up with bamboo or reed leaves. The tradition is still kept up to now, called the Dragon Boat Day.

Wow~~~~CC, you are Great!!!!
My father's "Zongzi" are not bad, how about try it if you come to Guangzhou?

17. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 11y

Quoting CupCake

Quoting Jared

That's how the legend goes..i think.

Almost exaclty Jared! :)

Qu Yuan was a great politician and poet ...

Jos,

Did you actually write that or was that copied from somewhere?
If it's copied, it's always good to provide the source (URL or/and author) at the bottom as it is after all written by somebody. Plagiarism is on the rise on the internet. Let's give credit to the rightful owner. :)

18. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

Hien,

Since when do we have to include a bibliography in our posts?

Cupcake's post, whether her own opinion or not, gave me enough information to satisfy my curiosity. I'm not marking her university thesis.

19. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 11y

I was not stating that it is a must here. I was only suggesting that it'll be good to put some reference to something that was quoted. After all, if anyone out there feel the need to know more, he or she could simply go to the source to find out. :)

Maybe I shouldn't have used the word plagiarism in CupCake's case.

[ Edit: Typo ]

20. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Yikes! Sorry! I am ususlly sooo good about posting the URL!

http://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/history/zhou/eastern/quyuan.htm