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?
Step1: Stack two Indocalamus leaves and fold the lower piece over.
Step2: Wrap the two leaves into a cone and put the glutinous rice and fillings into it.
Step3: The fillings can be various, such as bean paste, pork, preserved dates, salted egg yolks and roast duck, depending on your taste.
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
Yellow-fish, which usually are easy to catch in June when they breed in the offshore area
June is the best time to eat eel.
Cucumber, a seasonal vegetable
Salted duck eggs, which are among the most popular breakfast foods for locals.
Chinese people believe realgar wine can keep the evil, snakes and bugs away.
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Editor: Chen Jie