Zong Zi – the traditional Chinese food

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There are lots of Traditional festivals in China, and inevitable you have to eat some festival traditional chinese food on that day, like eatting turkey on Thanksgiving day.

Zongzi is the must on Dragon boat festival, which is on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese calendar(Will play dragon boat in south of China). It is said to honor Qu Yuan, a pioneering poet and patriotic official in ancient China during the Warring States period (475-221 B.C.).
Here is a recipe for Zong Zi, but before you start, please realize that this is pretty work intensive and that you’ll need to start planning the night before. You’ll see that it’s worth it though because you can make a lot and it stores well in the refrigerator (or freezer), and heats up in the microwave nicely (just cover with wet paper towel).

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Ingredients:
1. 50 sheets of bamboo or reed leaves
2. Glutinous rice (1 kilogram)
3. Chinese dates (250 grams)
Cooking steps:
1.Soak the rice and the dates 12 hours or more till they are soaked thoroughly.
2.Wash the leaves.
3.A chopping board is necessary for laying out the leaves.
4.Fold the leaves flat at the leafstalk to make a sheet.
5.Hold the sheet, fold it round in the middle and make a funnel till both ends are laid over each other in one direction.
6.Use about 1/10 kg. of rice and 6 dates for each dumpling. The dates must be covered by the rice so that they won’t lose too much syrup in cooking.
7.Fold the leaves up to seal the open side of the funnel and tie the bundle with a band made of twisted leaves. Make sure that the bundle is tied neither too tight nor too loose. This helps make sure that the ingredients are well cooked.
8.Put the dumplings in a pot, cover with water and make sure they are pressed and kept still while being boiled.
9.Cooking time: 40 minutes in a pressure cooker; 2 hours in an ordinary pot.

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