Today is the traditional Dragon Boat Festival in China. Zong-zi is traditionally eaten on Duan Wu Jie, the Dragon Boat Festival to make the fifth day of the fifth lunar calendar. The poet Chu Yuan was loved and greatly respected by the people of China. Many mourned his death by throwing cooked rice wrapped bamboo leaves (known as zong-zi), into the river so that the fish would not feed on his corpse. On this memorable occasion, dragon boat races are held and zong-zi is eaten. Traditionally there are both sweet and savoury fillings. A sweet one would be a red bean paste; savoury would be egg yolk with braised soy belly pork. This modern adaptation was given to me by my grandmother and it is our family version of savoury zong-zi. They make a great meal or snacks served with soy sauce or sweet chilli jam. The full recipe is in my cook book China Modern. Enjoy! Love, Ching x
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