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How to Make Zongzi for Mobile Food Cart Sale

Zongzi is a traditional food of the Dragon Boat Festival. Here is how to make Zongzi for Mobile Food Cart Sale on Chinese Dragon Boat Festival for you.

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Knowlage about Chinese Dragon Boat Festival
The Chinese Dragon Boat Festival is a significant holiday celebrated in China on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month according to Chinese lunar calenda. It’s for honoring Qu Yuan-a famous Chinese poet known for his patriotism who drowned on that day. In order to prevent the fish from eating the rice rather than the hero poet, the Chinese citizens now throw bamboo leaves filled with cooked rice into the water. Later on, this turned into the custom of eating rice dumplings or called Zongzi.

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Customs and Activities of Chinese Dragon Boat Festival
Many traditional customs and activities are held on the specified day by people in China and even by some people in neighbouring countries. Among these customs are dragon boat racing, eating Zongzi, wearing a perfume pouch, tying five-colour silk thread and hanging mugwort leaves and calamus.
How to Make Zongzi?

Zongzi are often called “rice dumplings” or “Chinese tamales”, they are wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves which resemble Western tamales. Inside the zongzi is glutinous rice and a filling. While the preparation, filling, and even the way of making zongzi are different in various regions, this article shows you a general overview and some specific recipes so you can enjoy the delicious “Zongzi”.

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Step 1. Prepare the bamboo leaves, glutinous rice and filling. And soak them overnight.
There are many, many variations of Fillings: Skinless mung beans, Red bean paste, Jujubes, Char siu (Chinese barbecue pork), Chinese sausage, Chinese black mushrooms, Salted duck eggs, Chestnuts, Cooked peanuts, Green beans, Dried shrimp, Red-cooked pork, Curry, Chicken, etc.

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Step 2. Boil the bamboo leaves. Let cool and pat dry.
Step 3. Scoop the rice onto the bamboo leaves.
Step 4. Scoop the filling onto the rice.
Step 5. Fold the leaves around the rice and filling and secure with twine.
Step 6. Simmer the Zongzi ( the time will depend on the fillings).

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