Sunday, June 8, 2008

Happy Rice Dumplings Day Peoples!! :D

Before i start the post, i must warn Muslim friends that the post you are about to see is...


I`m Sorry if you felt offended,i apologize for that, i just wanna be careful and don`t wanna end up like WYWY :\

So what exactly is a rice dumpling?
A rice dumpling is a dumpling made of sticky rice wrapped around the stuffing inside. Then the whole thing is wrapped with lotus or bamboo leaves and cooked. Yummy!

It is said that originally, way back in the past, people made rice dumplings to worship the dragon. In some places people even collect rain on Tuan Ng, because they think it is holy water from the dragon and will cure diseases.

At first the rice dumplings were just plain rice cooked in bamboo stems. Later on people started adding more variety to it, like cooking it in bamboo leaves. Then they started using sticky rice and added stuffing to it, such as beans, pork and nuts.

Different Types and Flavours
Rice dumplings come in all sorts of different shapes: triangle, pillow, and axe. There are two flavours, the sweet and the salty.

The salty ones usually have:cross section of a rice dumpling
  • Pork
  • Egg york
  • Shrimp
  • Fried bean curd

  • The sweet ones have:
  • Beans
  • Dates

  • Some really crazy flavours have been "invented" recently like shark fin, roasted swan, vegetarian etc.

    Two more photos of Rice Dumplings,

    Mixed with Mee


    Other than eating rice dumplings and having lots of great food and wine. They also have dragon boat competitions. A dragon boat is a long, narrow canoe like boat with a dragon's head at the front. About twenty people row it and there is usually a drummer at the front to keep the spirit up and to help the rowers row together at the same time.

    The Dragon Boat Race

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