Wrap your festival spirit in Zongzi

The annual Dragon Boat Festival, or duanwu jie, is celebrated on June 7 this year. Zongzi, one of the most best-known Chinese snacks, is a must for the festival. 
Wrap your festival spirit in Zongzi
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The annual Dragon Boat Festival, or duanwu jie, is celebrated on June 7 this year. Zongzi, one of the most best-known Chinese snacks, is a must for the festival. They are made of glutinous rice stuffed with a variety of fillings and then wrapped in bamboo or other large flat leaves bound with string. 

How to make a Zongzi?

Wrap your festival spirit in Zongzi

Step1: Stack two Indocalamus leaves and fold the lower piece over.

Wrap your festival spirit in Zongzi

Step2: Wrap the two leaves into a cone and put the glutinous rice and fillings into it. 

Wrap your festival spirit in Zongzi

Step3: The fillings can be various, such as bean paste, pork, preserved dates, salted egg yolks and roast duck, depending on your taste.

Wrap your festival spirit in Zongzi

Step4: Bond the Zongzi with a thread. If you are making zongzi with different fillings, use threads with different colors to distinguish them. 

Other food for the festival table

Wrap your festival spirit in Zongzi

Yellow-fish, which usually are easy to catch in June when they breed in the offshore area

Wrap your festival spirit in Zongzi

June is the best time to eat eel.

Wrap your festival spirit in Zongzi

Cucumber, a seasonal vegetable

Wrap your festival spirit in Zongzi

Salted duck eggs, which are among the most popular breakfast foods for locals. 

Wrap your festival spirit in Zongzi

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