Friday, June 10, 2005

端午节 Duan Wu Jie or Dragon Boat Festival

Tomorrow is 端午节 "Duan Wu Jie" or Dragon Boat Festival.., the 5th day in the 5th month in the Chinese Lunar calendar,(commemorates Qu-Yuan, one of China’s greatest poets and patriots, who protested against a corrupt government. ) I'm sure most of u know the stories behind this..

Well, I don't really celebrate all these festivals for many years already. Anyway, I'm on call tomorrow, and my colleague(she's on call as well tomorrow) promised to bring her "home made 棕子 chang"/"zhong zhi"/"chung" for me :) Things are different when I was back home last time ... I still remember during my secondary school times, I used to help my mother to wrap up the "zhong zhi", eg.. "bak chang" or "ham yuk chung", 'kee chang" or "kan sui (alkaline) chung", etc etc... Got special technique to wrap the rice and ingredients up with bamboo leaves ... Those were the days.. Haven't do that for more than 10 years already...

There is one old Chinese sayings that if visitors come to your house when u are boiling or cooking the "chang" or "zhong zhi" then 'part' of the chang, especially the 'corner' won't be properly cooked... I don't know how true is that.. but somehow, when visitors come, really, some of the corners of the chang is really uncooked.. funny... don't know whether is it just coincidence or ????? (Something which I don't understand..)

Well, nowadays, these "chang" or "zhong zhi" is available all year round ...

Anyway, my husband bought few "bak chang" yesterday.. from his secondary school friend's mother...She made "bak chang" for sale every year during the festival.. But quite expensive, RM3.60 per piece..But worth it, cos it's nice...

By the way, my colleague(she's my good friend as well), gave me one "bak chang" this afternoon ... that one is home made "bak chang" by her grand mother.. Nice & delicious as well :D That's my simple lunch for today...

14 comments:

Gasman said...

Chen,
3.60RM is ok alreadi loh... try the Pulau Tikus 'Ban Chang Kuih' seller one, 4.10rm!! man! or try the burmah road, beside the Telekom Shop oppside the Kwan Yin temple... best man...

Chen said...

gasman

I haven't try the chang in Burmah Road yet... Will give it a try one of these days :)

Sometimes, I wonder how much preservatives they put inside the "chang" ... cos I dunno the chang was made how long ago? Just curious :D

truth said...

I love bak chang!! I love Duan wu jie. Its the only time can easily buy bak chang.

Chen said...

evol,

I do agree that during duan wu jie we can get "nicer" bak chang.. :)

dr reb0rn said...

what's a bak chang? blur...

Chen said...

reborn
bak chang = ham yuk chung :D

John Guinness said...

Cheat price dumpling rice

dr reb0rn said...

oooo... sound so different one
hokkien word ar?

Chen said...

reborn,

yeah.. bak chang = hokkien word
ham yuk chung = canto :)
zhong zhi = chinese/mandarin

dr cheat said...

kena cheated liao... in my semi-hometown they're about 1.50 a piece nia... ekekekeke

Chen said...

cheat,

depends mah.. on the size and quality and content of the chung as well.. different prices for different "qualities" one loh.. :D Can get cheaper one as well, but not so nice & smaller in size.. :)

dr reb0rn said...

semi-hometown? kekekeke...

Chen said...

oh.. I didn't notice the word "semi-hometown" earlier on.. what does that means? :D

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