Sunday, June 08, 2008

zongzi for the duanwu festival

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.


Dan Allen said...

Didn't know what zongzi was, had to Google it. I'll consider it my word of the day.

As always, great photos!

Ramblings of a lunatic mom and lampworker said...

I'm off to google too. Fantastic pic. I love it.


Val Cox said...

hey Dan and Michelle! They were tasty treats, we had them for dinner last night. Thanks for the comments. I'll add some details of the traditional food on the blog.

I was posting and running yesterday and didn't get the text details in, just the photo and title!

Ricky Peterson said...

Very informative post. Duanwu Festival is commonly known as the Dragon Boat Festival.It is celebrated in Hong Kong as well as Macau. It is government declared public holiday in the province of Taiwan. Festival is generally celebrated on the fifth month’s fifth day according to the lunar calendar. For more details refer Dragon boat festival