Dragon Boat Festival: DIY Gourmet Zongzi
Date: Monday, 14th June
Time: 10:30 – 13:30
Cost: 350 RMB, 300 RMB for members
It’s not just a day off work! The Dragon Boat Festival commemorates the death of Zhou Dynasty poet Qu Yuan, who drowned on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month in despair over the capture of his kingdom. Legend says that his admirers dropped sticky rice wrapped in bamboo leaves in the river, so delicious as to keep the fish from eating his body – these treats, of course, became the zongzi we know and love today.
Despite their somewhat morbid origins, zongzi are a delightful Dragon Boat treat that is loved throughout China.
The Hutong is offering a session to learn how to prepare these delicious treats yourself, from folding the leaves, to picking a traditional filling, to tie it up just right.