How to DIY Zongzi


Dragon Boat Festival this year is at the end of May. Well, as being a traditional Chinese, eat Zongzi at Dragon Boat Festival is very important. And what’s more, how about to wrap Zongzi by ourselves? That sounds cool~ isn’t it? 😎

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It seems quite delicious ~ right? Then let’s begin!

Step 1 First of all, prepare the materials we need.

No1:   Of course, we need bamboo leaves and some kind of grass rope (actually I don’t know what is the name of this grass).

No2:   And then we need the main stuffing : glutinous rice (糯米) also called sticky or sweet rice.

I had made the glutinous rice soaked in the water last night and then dry the water and fried them.

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I think that is for reducing the expansion after the Zongzi was boiled.

No3: Prepare the other stuffing such likes pork meat, quail eggs, mushrooms, dried shrimps, peanuts,mashed mung bean and so on.

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Those are common stuffing and you can add anything you like into it 😆 Step 2   Wrap the Zongzi by our hands~~

No1:  Pick up two bamboo leaves with similar size and curve them into a pocket shape.

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Then grasp this pocket in one hand and start the filling job~

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PS: Be careful with the first angle. For to have a good looking, you must fill it fully without any room. And then, put the other stuff evenly with the rice.

No2 : Close the “pocket ” and adjust the shape

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Fix two angle with your thumbs and bend down the rest of the leaves

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OK , It’s done. We can grasp the whole Zongzi by one hand now.

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Finished? No, no. Still not, the next step is the most important that even can decide the final result.

No3:  Bind the Zongzi with a grass rope.

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After Cutting away the odds we finally get a nice Zongzi~

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Very impressive~ But it sill can’t put into month now. We Need to boil them.

Step 3 Boil them and ~~~ Eatttttttttttttttt

No1: Take them into the pan or other cooker. You can choose pressure cooker like me to save time.

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After about 20 minutes (if you used the pressure cooker), we can take them out. And don’t be so hurry, they are still very hot.

No2:  Yeah, very good smell is flowing out. We are close to the finish line.

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Wait for a few minutes, we can take off their clothes now. 😈

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No3  Eating …

No need to tell anymore~~~ Thanks for reading.

Additional gift: History

Zongzi (also known as rice dumpling) is traditionally eaten during the Dragon Boat Festival (Mandarin: Duanwu; Cantonese: Tuen Ng) which falls on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese calendar (approximately early to mid-June), commemorating the death of Qu Yuan, a famous Chinese poet from the kingdom of Chu who lived during the Warring States period. Known for his patriotism, Qu Yuan tried unsuccessfully to warn his king and countrymen against the expansionism of their Qin neighbors. When the Qin Dynasty general Bai Qi took Yingdu, the Chu capital, in 278 BC, Qu Yuan’s grief was so intense that he drowned himself in the Miluo river after penning the Lament for Ying. According to legend, packets of rice were thrown into the river to prevent fish from eating the poet’s body.[1] Another version states that zongzi were given to placate a dragon that lived in the river.


May 18th, 2009 | Posted in Food
  1. Iris
    May 18th, 2009 at 13:35 | #1

    my mouth watering…
    hungry…
    we’ll try this out this weekend.
    thanks for sharing~

  2. May 18th, 2009 at 15:16 | #2

    that’s my favorite ! but long time to taste this in my home town 😕

  3. sunyitudou
    May 18th, 2009 at 19:37 | #3

    手模~

  4. May 18th, 2009 at 21:11 | #4

    @sunyitudou
    …… All I can say is “囧”.

  5. May 20th, 2009 at 05:46 | #5

    Excellent Post. Thanks

  6. May 24th, 2009 at 09:10 | #6

    I step ur site cause the delicious food,why i’ve seen it early~!

  7. May 24th, 2009 at 18:58 | #7

    @firendless Thanks for coming~ And happy Dragon Boat Festival~ 😎

  8. May 29th, 2009 at 06:53 | #8

    @Calcifer ah,i’m late for saying happy dragon boat festival to you cause somthing else…sorry,but there’s nothing,right?
    wish you can have good job & good luck every day~

  9. May 29th, 2009 at 22:30 | #9

    Just came back from 肇庆 for dragon boat festival :mrgreen: ,You also have a good time during these two days, right? Time to think about the feature about this tour~

  10. galacy
    May 29th, 2009 at 23:11 | #10

    @Calcifer
    waiting for the new feature!!
    how about “the original place of tzung tzu”?

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