when we left the Indonesian restaurant on Saturday, Fred noticed these string bundled, trianglular shaped treats at the counter. I was too full to think about more food, but he insisted I go back and buy some for still lifes. Just $2. each, I told the girl I wanted three. She explained that these were a special treat for the Duanwu Festival celebration the next day, and that I would really like them. Just heat them in the microwave she told me. I never planned to eat them, but after I did I wished I'd bought more. Now I must wait until next year.
On the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese calendar (June 8th this year) the dragon boat festival commemorates the death of the great poet Qu Yuan, 340 BC). These treats are savory, filled with rice and red bean, pork and mushrooms.