Donghzi is not far away, in fact it’s next Sunday, the 21st December. If you are Chinese, Taiwanese or Japanese you will probably gather your families together and eat the traditional tangyuan, balls made of glutinous rice, sometimes brightly coloured, or dumplings. The people from Southern China traditionally celebrate Donghzi (the winter festival) with tangyuan whilst the people from Northern China typically eat dumplings or dumpling soup to celebrate Dongzhi. But anyone is welcome to join in this delectable celebration.
If you are looking for a great selection of tangyuan, glutinous rice balls and dumplings you will be delighted at the range at TANG, The Asian Food Emporium (formerly The Great Eastern Food Centre) at 185 Russell Street, Melbourne. Tangyuan are traditionally cooked in a sweet soup or savoury broth whilst dumplings are served in soup or as they are. The flavours available from TANG are delicious, try cucumber, prawn and pork dumplings, leek, mushroom or vegetable dumplings, pork and prawn dumplings, chinese cabbage and pork dumplings, pork and spinach dumplings, fish, shrimp and pork dumplings, fish and pork dumplings, mushroom and chicken dumplings, mushroom and pork dumplings or seafood and pork dumplings. Rice balls come plain or filled; some of the scrumptious fillings are red bean, coconut and yam, sesame, peanut and taro.
Have you noticed that dumplings look a little like ears? The story goes that Zhang Zhongjing in the Han Dynasty saw the poor suffering from chilblains on their ears one cold winter day . To help warm them up he had dumplings made and fed to them. As Dongzhi is a winter festival, this is the significance of eating dumplings to celebrate and this is the reason dumplings are shaped the way they are. So, call in to TANG The Asian Food Emporium to check out the great flavours, open from 10am to 11pm daily.