Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling GourmetTM
The suave and debonair Travelling Gourmet tells you about the BEST Dumplings to…
MUNCH and savour as you celebrate the “Duan Wu Jie” or Dragon Boat traditional Dumpling Festival! The Festival is from 2 May to 2 June, 2014.
The Dumpling Festival
The Dumpling Festival (“Duan Wu Jie”) is a colorful festival celebrated by Chinese worldwide on the 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar calendar. During this period, Chinese will feast on many types dumpling called “zong zi”.
Why eat dumplings and take part in Dragon Boat races?
The legend behind theDumpling Festival goes like this… …Once upon a time n ancient Chiina, there was a Chinese poet by the name of “Qu Yuan” who served the emperor in the time of the Chu Kingdom. He was a good minister and was well loved by the people. However, evil court officials were jealous of Qu Yuan’s abilities and they successfully influenced the weak-minded emperor to dismiss and exile him.
Feeling disheartened, depressed and angry, Qu Yuan tied himself to a rock and jumped into the Mi Luo river in Hunan province in order to protest against injustice and corruption. When the people got to know of his death, they rowed their boats to the river to look for his body. When they failed to find his body, they started beating their drums and making loud noises on the river banks hoping to scare the fishes away so that they would not feed on his body. Still others started making rice dumplings to throw into the river hoping that the fishes will eat their dumplings instead of Qu Yuan’s body. Somewhat naive, but the emotions were heartfelt and sincere.Since then, the 5th day of the 5th month of lunar calendar was mmortalised as “Duan Wu Jie” ( Dumpling Festival) to commemorate Qu Yuan. Dragon Boat races commemorate the search for Qu Yuan after he jumped in to the river…
Personally, I detest the concept of martyrdom as being extremely negative and foolish…However I do love dumplings!
Pan Pacific Dumplings
I really like the Chinese Herbal Salted Chicken Dumpling by Chef Lai Tong Ping of the Pan Pacific Hotel. Tasty Chicken thigh and Thai premium glutinous rice all wrapped up in a big pillow like dumpling is a meal in itself! An not overly salty or oily either! I recommend this to meat and chicken lovers. Pan Pacific’s Traditional Cantonese Dumpling with chunky Belly Pork, Shitake Mushroom, cute Mung beans and Chestnut is also a delight to eat! The rice is infused with the aroma of the bamboo leaves. Below is a photo of Pan Pacific’s Chinese Herbal Salted Chicken Dumpling…
Park Palace Restaurant Dumpling
The Traditional Cantonese Dumpling from the Park Palace restaurant in Grand Park City Hall Hotel is also very good. Chef Chan’s flavoursome dumpling is moist and not oily. It has loads of chunky pork belly, salted duck egg, Shitake mushroom and chestnuts!
Yum! Yum! 🙂