It will be Duanwu/Dragon boat festival in a week's time. One of the
ways to celebrate the festival is to make and enjoy some
Zongzi is traditionally made with glutinous rice and different kind
of fillings wrapped in leaves of bamboo or Reed leaves, which give
very unique aroma to the glutinous rice and its
Choices of fillings vary vastly in China in regions. Northern
regions in China prefer sweet or dessert-styled zongzi. Southern
regions in China prefer savory zongzi, with a variety of fillings
including marinated pork belly, salted duck eggs and
As I am a southern Chinese decent, I have only had the savory type
of zongzi back home, it was not until I came to the USA that I
learnt there are many other types of Sweet zongzi, including this
Red date zongzi.
30 片 粽叶 （洗净泡热水一晚上）
1000 克 圆糯米 （洗净泡水一晚上）
60 只 红枣 （洗净泡水一晚上）
1/2 杯的 葡萄干
1 卷 棉绳
Ingredients: （Makes 30 zongzi）
30 pieces of Dried Zongzi/Bamboo leaves （Clean and soak in hot water)
1000 g of Glutinous rice (Short
60 Dried red dates （Clean and soak overnight）
1/2 cup of raisins
1 roll of Cotton cooking twine
1. 把粽叶洗净后泡热水一晚，糯米洗净泡水一晚，红枣洗净泡水一两个小时, 不喜欢有核的可以去核。
4. 把左右两边的粽叶用双手拇指往中间推，然后顶部的粽叶往下盖。一边盖一边顺着粽子的形状围好抓紧，用棉绳缠好绑稳。 （裹粽子的方式和手法用文字不好叙述，有兴趣的朋友们可以到网上找教程和视频观摩。）重复以上步骤把所有的粽子都裹好。
1. Soak the bamboo leaves and rice overnight, the next morning, clean and soak dates for 1-2 hours, pit to remove seeds if you like.
assemble , take one bamboo leaf
Bring together the two sides of the leaf towards the center over
the rice, then fold the top of the leaf down to cover the rice
completely. Wrap the rest of the leaf around the shape. Tie with a
cooking twine string.
5. Place Zongzi in a deep pot with water that submerge all the Zongzi. Place a ceramic or heavy plate on top to prevent zongzi from floating. Bring the water to a boil then leave to simmer for 3-4 hours, turn the stove off and let the zongzi sit in the water for another hour before taking it out.
This dumpling is equally delicious both warm and cold. Serve with some honey or sugar to sweeten it if you wish.