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Sticky Rice Dumplings (Zongzi)

Zongzi is a traditional Chinese food that's made of sticking rice and dates wrapped in green leaves. Eating Zongzi during the Dragon Boat Festival is a traditional custom in China that has existed for a long time.


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How to Make Zongzi

In China, there are many types of Zongzi. There is also a big difference in Zongzi in South China compared to North China. In northern China, people like to make Zongzi triangular and put rice outside one or two dates. Sometimes they eat Zongzi with sugar. 

In the south of China, however, Zongzi tends to come in the form of a cylinder with its contents mainly being meat wrapped in rice. Therefore the flavour and the way it is eaten is totally different to how it is eaten in north China. 

Even though the methods to make it are different, generally it requires the special green leaves, some sticky rice and anything you want to put inside. First you need to soak the rice in the water for a few hours to make it soft. The leaves also need to be wet to bend. Then put the rice and other ingredients in the leaves and use a string to tie it together. Remember to not put too much rice in as it expands in the heat. The typical size of it is as big as an adult's fist. Finally put the Zongzi in the pot and boil them for about 20 minutes, after which you will be able to feast on a tasty yet traditional Chinese food.