Duan Wu Jie (端午节) or Dragon Boat Festival falls on 31/5/2006 this year (5th day of the 5th month in the Chinese Lunar calendar), which commemorates Qu-Yuan, one of the China well loved poets and patriots, who drowned himself in a river. To stop the fish from eating his body, people made rice dumplings and threw them into the river.
Nowadays we can savour zongzi (粽子) or chang or chung or rice dumplings or "whatever you called it" all years round. The most popular one is Bak Chang or Ham Yuk Chung (Steamed glutinous rice with soya sauce stuffed with fatty pork, sausages, chinese mushroom, dried prawns, chestnut, salted egg yolk and beans which are wrapped up in bamboo leaves. Another oily and sinful delight.
I still remember helping my mother preparing the ingredients and wrapping up & tied the chang prior to cooking. Those were the good old days.. Haven't do that since I left home to further my studies more than a decade ago. Nowadays everything becomes more expensive. One huge Bak Chang cost RM 4.
Albie Kor, since no lormaikai, bak chang or ham yuk chung also will do, right? Since the taste is similar ;)