端午節 (Duan Wu Jie) is the Dragonboat Festival and traditionally, we eat zhong (zhong zi, bakchang) which are glutinous rice dumplings that are so incredibly yummy that no words can describe it! Can you tell I absolutely LOVE zhong? haha.
Because we are always so busy with work and study, my nan is usually the one who makes zhong in our family. Her’s are very different – just glutinous rice, red beans (not red bean paste), and red dates, which we usually eat with sugar or honey.
BUT this year, we have 3 types!! Yes, THREE! Why so many types? Well, my nan made her usual ones. Mum likes to eat the red bean paste (hong dau sar)-filled zhong, so she made some really cute mini ones. Mum made them last year and they were really nice, and incredibly cute because they are only the size of your palm. haha. I wanted to try making Cantonese-style zhong with the pork belly, chestnuts, etc so I made some. Well, attempted to! haha. (I’ll have a post about that this week, along with some exciting news!).
So yes, we have a lot of zhong in our house now, but that’s ok because we don’t eat it often and we also give them away to family and friends =)
Have you all got your zhong/zhongzi/bakchang ready for 端午節? I’d love to see what kind of zhong you and your family eat!
Thanks for reading! ^^ Have a great weekend, and 端午節快樂!