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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Rice Dumpling Day

Last Thursday, 25th June, was Rice Dumpling Day aka Dragon Boat Festival.

More info about the festival here.

Pre Covid-19, we would be practising the tradition of dumpling exchange with our neighbours, friends and relatives. All the cousins would gather at my elderly aunt's house for a dumpling feast to savour the different versions of our fruits of labour.

For the first time this year, we decided to give the custom a miss. Instead, we stayed home to enjoy our store-bought dumplings.
The tradition of making these dumplings dates back more than 2000 years!

I can never get used to the element of surprise in uncovering these bamboo leaf-wrapped treats. You never know what 'gems' are buried in each parcel as the fillings vary from cook to cook.
Sweet, savoury, spicy, pillow-shaped or triangular, cream-colored and yes, blue(!), the dumplings are made of glutinous rice and packed with an assortment of fillings, from oysters to abalones to durians!

The *Peranakan blue ones are tinted with a natural dye that comes from the butterfly pea flower.

*Peranakan - A sub-ethnic community of Malay-Chinese ancestry.

48 comments:

betty said...

They all look delicious!

betty

Lin said...

We are learning how to accept the things we cannot do this year and embrace what we CAN do instead. I think it helps to stay positive.

I'm glad that you got to celebrate with dumplings, even if that meant in a very different way than usual.

We are planning our annual trip to a cabin in a few weeks, but we will be staying to ourselves and avoiding the group gatherings. As sad as that is, at least we can get away for a little break.

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Oh my, this post made my mouth water! I adore dumplings and the thought of all those different flavoured ones sounded so good. However, I'm glad you put off that get together; better to be safe than sorry. Time for that again in the future.

NCSue said...

Gorgeous! So interesting!
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Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

I love the idea of sharing dumplings with friends and neighbors - here's to next year's celebration

Sandee said...

Yummy. I'll be right over for some.

Have a fabulous day and week, Veronica. Hugs. ♥

sherry fundin said...

MMMMM nice pics
sherry @ fundinmental

Hena Tayeb said...

So interesting.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The dumplings look so good...it’s smart to carry on the tradition in this new way right now.

junieper/Jesh said...

In Europe dumplings are made from flour and mostly put in a soup - not my favorite. Can't help but think that these, made from rice with other ingredients, are more flavorful than flower. Wish I was right there, to try them:) Many thanks for exposing All Seasons to different food, different customs and culture! Makes blog life so interesting. Have a insprrational week, Jesh

stevebethere said...

Can I have some please heheh!

Have a safe dumplingtastic week 😷😷😷

Phil Slade said...

I must admit to never having tried Asian dumplings but I'm sure they are very tasty, especially with those varied fillings.

Jackie McGuinness said...

LOVE dumplings.

italiafinlandia said...

I can imagine a lot of spicy delicacies...
:)

NanaHood said...

I've never seen those! Interesting!

Karen said...

THey look yummy!

magiceye said...

Seem delicious!

XmasDolly said...

... and check you out even a recipe! Thanks much for sharing and the wonderful pictures and video! Very cool! I hope all is well with you and yours! mmmmmmmmmmm sure looks good! HUGS

aspiritofsimplicity said...

Yum! they look delicious.

Tom said...

...they look wonderful, bu they are something that I've never tried.

Stef Rof said...

Culinary art, but also the taste is appropriate, Happy WW, Vero !!!

Monika Ohson | TravelerInMe said...

This is so interesting. Its great to learn about different festivals and traditions. This year things will be different but then we can be happy that we can celebrate it with family within the safe walls of home. Warm wishes on the festival dear Veronica.

Suzana said...

A very interesting menu! First time I saw this.
I confess that appears too complicate for me, but I suppose is delicious!
Happy WW and thank you for the visit!
All the best!

Sandee said...

Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

Alana said...

Perhaps, when this is over, you will go back to your tradition - or maybe what you do this year will become the new tradition. Maybe there will even be a dumpling flavor created that will remind us and future generations of this time. Interesting video!

mail4rosey said...

I think the dumplings are delicious. These look pretty tasty.

Dr Roshan Radhakrishnan said...

These look absolutely lovely... we have something similar in Kerala, India.

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Calendula said...

They all look yummy! I don't know that kind of food!
Stay healthy!

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Those dumplings look so good!

pilch92 said...

Those look really good.

betty-NZ said...

What a fun way to celebrate!

'My Corner of the World' is happy to see you this week! Thanks for linking.

Peabea Scribbles said...

Sounds like a fun get together each year. Hopefully, next year things will be better. Looks like fun idea and surprise foods. Food exchanges are always a good way to get a variety.

Kayni said...

Yummy. I get this at one of the bakeries nearby. I've actually been looking at a good recipe for Zongzi. I want to make my own.

Zinaida Strinu said...

The dumplings look good, appetizing.
I'm glad you're sharing some of Malaysia's traditions. They are interesting and are a novelty for us, those from so far away! ☺

Have a great day, dear Veronica!

Mica said...

I've never seen these before, they look so delicious! Thank you for sharing! :)

Hope you are having a lovely week! :)

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The Candid Cover said...

Those dumplings look delicious! It is definitely hard to miss out on our traditions and get-togethers at this time. We "celebrated" Canada Day yesterday and it was strange not to go out and see the fireworks and partake in local festivals. One day we will get to the light at the end of this very long tunnel. :)

Powell River Books said...

Interesting. Kind of like a tamale from Mexico where you can get either sweet or savoury. - Margy

XmasDolly said...

Yummmmmmmmmmmm and I bet it's sweet isn't it? Sure looks yummy! How are you & yours? Fine I hope. I think I would like the sweet ones for sure. Coming from Italian, English & German decent I've never really heard of things like this, but sure looks yummy. Thanks for sharing! Hope all is well with you & yours for sure. May the Lord watch over you & yours my friend. Hugs!

yonosoymillenium said...

que comida mas interesante, nunca la había visto.

NCSue said...

I'd never seen/heard of these. I'd love to try one!
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bill burke said...

They look delicious, I certainly would be glad to try one.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Rice dumplings of this type are among my favourite treats, and the sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaf too. They are available here at a couple of Asian supermarkets, one quite close to our home. I was there yesterday, in fact. When Hong Kong was first turned over the China by Britain thousands of Hong Kong residents emigrated to Canada, and we have benefitted by an expansion of wonderful cuisine.

handmade by amalia said...

Yum! I love rice dumplings, I've never tried making them.
Amalia
xo

Yvonne said...

Checked out all the links for the history and ingredients used, and the YouTube on how to make the Zongzi's. Enjoyed it all. Now you have me hooked on wanting to try some.

Esha said...

Hugs, Veronica! I know how that feels. But at least you had a celebration of sorts. Btw, the dumplings look utterly delicious. I bet they tasted as yummy!!
It's a wonderful idea of sharing food with friends and neighbours. e have it in so many cultures. Just that the times we are living in won't allow us the joys of togetherness! Hopefully, there'll be many more in the years to come, Veronica.

Thanks for joining us last week, Veronica! Hope to see you this week too.

Natasha said...

Thank you dear Veronica for taking us on this delectable treat.
Love the idea of the festival. <3

I miss the rice dumplings and these are lip-smackingly irresistible.

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Great-Granny Grandma said...

I love dumplings. Sounds like a fun way to celebrate.

Bohemian said...

Those look delicious and remind me of mini Tamales. Each Chef has their own recipe for those too. An exchange would be wonderful to try many different recipes and to share with Family and Friends, Neighbors and anyone else who wants to participate.