Dragon Boat Festival: How hard is it to make zongzi?

Andy Boreham
Duanwujie (the Dragon Boat Festival) is upon us, and that means you need to eat one thing: zongzi.
Andy Boreham
Shot by Ma Xuefeng and Andy Boreham. Edited by Andy Boreham. Subtitles by Emma Tang.

Duanwujie (the Dragon Boat Festival) is upon us, and that means you need to eat one thing: zongzi.

You may recognize zongzi by their pyramid shape and bamboo leaf wrapping. They seem like a pretty simple food, with only a few ingredients and relatively simple preparation, but just how easy are they to make?

I headed out to one of Shanghai’s ancient towns and sat down with a local ayi (aunty) to try for myself.

Check out Andy’s vlog as he tries his best to make a pork zongzi, right in time for the Dragon Boat Festival.

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