Coming up this week is a favorite celebration the Dragon Boat Festival, or as it is known in China, Tuen Ng or Duanwu festival. Families and friends meet to commemorate an event from the period 340-278 BC that still resonates today in contemporary Chinese society. A loyal courtesan Wu Zixu was banished by the then King Fuchai and his advice ignored to the detriment of the kingdom. Wu Zixu suicided by leaping into the Miluo River. Much loved by the people, when his body could not be found, the local people dropped sticky rice balls into the river so the fish would not consume his body.
Today the tradition continues. This occurred on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. It is time to enjoy Dumplings and Sticky Rice Balls and the festival is sometimes called the Dumpling Festival. It is time to eat and prepare Zongzi, drink realgar wine and where possible race Dragon Boats.
This year the official dates for the Dragon Boat Festival are from the 9th of June until the 11th of June.
Zongzi, pyramid shaped glutinous rice wrapped in reeds or bamboo leaves is very popular. Various fillings are added to the rice such as jujube in the north of China and in the south sweetened bean paste, fresh meat or egg yolk.
Traditionally many families make Zongzi themselves but in these busy times it is convenient to be able to buy Zongzi ready made. Add to Zongzi a wide range of delicious dumplings and come to Tang: The Asian Food Emporium to make your selections.
Tang offer a wide selection of dumplings and Zongzi. Over the next few days we will provide you with a selection of tasty mouth watering Zongzi and Dumpling treats. Celebrate and enjoy.