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[Image: Wrapped 粽子; three tetrahedral and two cuboid packages wrapped in bamboo leaves and tied with red and white twine.]

As I hinted on Monday, the most obvious Chinese dish for me to cover at this time of year is 粽子 (zòngzi); glutinous rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves, strongly associated with 端午 (Duānwǔ), the fifth day of the fifth lunar month.

Today's post is a fairly brief one, I'm afraid; I had intended to say quite a bit more, and also to provide my own photo, but I've been both overwhelmed and under the weather for the past couple of weeks, so I'll just give you a couple of photos from my newest Flickr acquaintance, avlxyz, along with a few links to recipes and blog posts:

And finally several posts from the ever-informative Sunflower:

(Note that some of these sources use a different word, 糉子; this is pronounced the same as 粽子, i.e. zòngzi.)

Description follows.

[Image: Unwrapped 粽子; glutinous rice formed into shapes and stuffed with cooked pork, peanuts, and other delicious items. They rest on top of the bamboo leaves that were used to wrap them before cooking.]

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If you have any questions or corrections, please leave a comment (here's how) and let me know (or email me at kake@earth.li). See my introductory post to the Chinese menu project for what these posts are all about.

Date: 2011-06-10 03:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eatlovenoodles.blogspot.com
I'm not sure if it's a Cantonese thing, but lotus leaves are also used to make zongzi.

Date: 2011-06-10 04:11 pm (UTC)
trascendenza: jaden smiling. (Default)
From: [personal profile] trascendenza
Ah, those pictures make me so happy. <3

Date: 2011-06-23 02:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thenaturalstone.blogspot.com
My local dim sum menu has a glutinous rice in lotus leaves dish. It has been through at least three different forms since I've been going there but now appears as 鮑汁荷香粿. Literally abalone juice/sauce lotus fragrant rice-cake.

The english is given as:
Mixed Meat in Glutinous Roce wrapped in Lotus Leaf

Incidentally, abalone appears in quite a few of the dishes on the dim sum menu, either as a sauce or sliced, and they are all excellent.

Date: 2011-06-23 09:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thenaturalstone.blogspot.com
It's very like that first item in smaller parcels.

Date: 2011-06-24 11:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thenaturalstone.blogspot.com
Yes, like 糯米雞 but three smaller items in one steamer.

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