Make Your Own Zongzi

Authors: Go Chengdu


Making zongzi is a difficult proposition. Even some experienced Chinese cooks find it challenging to fold two bamboo leaves into a funnel and put an appropriate amount of fillings into it.
Zongzi differs in shape and taste from one place to another across China. There are mainly two tastes: sweet and savory. Nowadays people even make Zongzi with mixed sweet and savory fillings.
Want to make Zongzi yourself? Follow these easy steps:
Step 1: Prepare the glutinous rice and fillings. Soak the rice and bamboo/reed leaves into cold water overnight.
Step 2: Boil the bamboo/reed leaves, and let it cool down and pat dry.
Step 3: Fold two bamboo/reed leaves into a funnel, make sure to leave the open side long enough to cover the top completely, and to keep the bottom gap-free.
Step 4: Scoop the rice and fillings into the funnel.
Step 5: Fold the open side down to cover the top of the funnel, and lower the two edges and roll the longer leaves left outside along the funnel. Then wrap it with twines.
Step 6: Boil or steam the Zongzi for about 2 hours.
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