Saturday, June 21, 2014

粽子 (Zongzi)... Food and a little history!

Zongzi (粽子) is a traditional Chinese food made with glutinous rice and wrapped in bamboo leaves. It's fillings can vary from a sweet bean paste, savory pork, and more depending on the region of China.

This Zongzi has fatty pork seasoned with soy sauce among other ingredients
Zongzi is traditionally eaten during the Dragon Boat Festival, which falls on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calender. The Dragon Boat Festival celebrates the death of Qu Yuan, a famous Chinese poet from the Chu state who was known for his patriotism and also his unsuccessful attempt to warn his king of the encroaching Qin state. When the Qin general took the capital of Chu, Qu Yuan drowned himself in the Miluo River. Legend says that locals dropped into the river packets of glutinous rice wrapped with bamboo leaves to prevent fish from attacking Qu Yuan's body.

Hehe, so here's a little history! Hope you enjoyed :) If you guys like learning cultural history, let me know in the comments below, and I'll have more posts like this!

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