Posts Tagged ‘Zongzi’

Zhong Zi, Revisited

Back in July, I posted about zhong zi, the Chinese steamed glutinous rice packages (see 9 July 2010 post). At that time, I didn’t have pictures for “plain” zhong zi. I do now. I’ve always known this as “plain” zhong zi but the Wikipedia article calls it jianshui zong. The rice is treated with lye water (aqueous sodium carbonate), giving them their distinctive yellow color (information from Wikipedia). This a picture of the wrapped zhong zi.

Wrapped Zhong Zi

In comparison to the zhong zi with filling, this “plain” zhong zi is “rectangle” shaped instead of “triangle” shaped. Here’s the zhong zi after its been disrobed.

Zhong Zi, Disrobed

The rice has a yellow color from the treatment with lye water. Here’s the dissected view.

Zhong Zi, Dissected

The rice in the middle is colored red from the piece of stem/stick that placed in the zhong zi (upper left of the zhong zi). I’ve asked what the coloring is for years and I’ve still not found the answer.

Growing up, I always choose the “plain” zhong zi over the filled ones. I used to (and still do) eat it with a sprinkling of sugar. The Mouse has a sweet tooth.

Here’s the Wikipedia article (if you missed it the first time): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zongzi.


The Mouse


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Zhong Zi

The Cat loves to eat zhong zi.  Zhong zi is sticky rice packets, filled with savory or sweet ingredients, and steamed in leaves or bamboo.  The sticky rice can also be plain.  A better explanation is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zongzi.

A recipe can be found here: http://eula.wordpress.com/2010/06/18/zong-zi-or-chinese-rice-dumplings/.

Zhong Zi

The Cat likes the savory ones usually filled with salted pork, beans, and a salted duck egg.  I grew up eating plain ones that I dipped in sugar.  We usually buy our zhong zi at Chinatown.  Because we seldom go to Chinatown, we buy extra and throw them in the freezer for future cravings.  Each zhong zi is pretty substantial.  The Cat usually makes two meals out of one zhong zi.

Zhong Zi Unwrapped

Zhong Zi, Interior

At a restaurant in Shanghai (the same one that hosted former President Clinton), they make mini zhong zi, just enough for two bites.

Mini Zhong Zi

It took longer to unwrap these little packages than to eat them.  They did not contain very many ingredients, I think there only the sticky rice and bits of pork, but they were delicious.

Mini Zhong Zi, Naked

At our local Japanese membership warehouse store, they were selling their Japanese/local version of zhong zi.  These were filled with Chinese style barbecue pork similar to the filling in baked manapua.

Zhong Zi, Japanese Style

Zhong Zi with Chinese Style Barbecue Pork

The Cat like the variation but preferred the Chinese ones with the salted duck egg (The Cat likes salted duck eggs and Chinese preserved eggs (thousand-year eggs)).

Have a good weekend.

The Mouse

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