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Monday, April 30, 2012

Easy Zongzi Recipe

The Dragon Boat Festival is fast approaching and what a great opportunity to eat Zongzi or Chinese Rice Dumpling. Some here in the US, especially here in California call it Chinese Tamales because it is similar to the Mesoamerican Tamale.

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Here is a quick and easy recipe for you to follow.

½ lb. pork (preferably with some fat)
½ lb. peanuts (boiled and shelled)
1 ½ lbs. glutinous rice – let this soak in water overnight for best result
40-50 sheets of dried bamboo leaves (20-25 sheets of dried banana leaves will do if you cannot find bamboo leaves)
Butcher’s twine or some strong cotton thread
3 tbsp. Chinese Soy Sauce
¼  tsp. salt
¼ tsp. brown sugar (or honey)
½ tsp. five spice powder

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1.   Cut meat into small cubes (you can use a meat grinder to make it easier or you can ask your local butcher to cut or ground your meat for you), then add the peanuts, Chinese Soy Sauce, salt, brown sugar and five spice powder and mix it together in a large mixing bowl and set it aside for an hour.

2.   Wash and drain the soaked glutinous rice.

3.   Soak the dried bamboo in warm water. Take two leaves with leaf stem or spine facing out. Overlap them lengthwise in opposite directions. With both hands hold leaves a little over a half of the way along their length. At that point bend them so that they are parallel lengthwise and also overlap each other. This should produce a leaf pouch. Hold firmly with one hand. Add about half way with glutinous rice then a two cubes of pork (or about 1 ½ tsp. of ground pork mix), don’t forget to add some peanuts. Then fill it up with more glutinous rice. Compress it with a spoon. Then overlap the leaves and tie with butcher’s twine or strong cotton string.

4.   Place dumplings in pot filled with water and boil for 2-3 hours. Be sure to check the water levels as to not burn the dumplings. After boiling, place in cold water for about an hour. You may serve hot or cold.

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You can use Chinese dates or sweet bean paste as a filling if you prefer a sweet treat.

So why not try to make your own Zongzi for the Dragon Boat Festival today.


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