Crafted by Chinese executive chef Li Chi-wai, The Legacy House is offering two types of traditional-style dumplings in a gift set ($558) this year. The savoury rendition is a steamed rice dumpling featuring an auspicious amount of ingredients, or ‘eight treasures’, including South African abalone, pork belly, chestnut, lotus seed, conpoy, chanterelle, porcini, and shiitake, all of which have been seasoned with Shao Hsing Hua Diao wine, soy sauce, sugar and five-spice for deep flavour before it’s wrapped and slow-boiled for seven hours. Meanwhile, the sweet dumpling is made the traditional way by soaking the glutinous rice in alkaline water, before it’s stuffed with sweet chestnut and lotus seed. The dumplings are available until June 11 (a three-day advance order required) at The Legacy House and Rosewood’s online shop.
This year, Dragon Boat Festival lands on June 14 and we all know what that means: rice dumplings, or zongzi, galore. Traditional rice dumplings tend to lean on the rich and indulgent side with pork belly and salted egg yolks packed inside, but there are now new products out there that are more creative and even some that are healthier for you. Are you ready to get your dumplings on?
The legend: For those who aren't familiar, the festival is held annually on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month to commemorate the death of Qu Yuan, a patriotic Chinese poet that drowned himself in the Mi Lo River in protest against corrupt rulers during the Warring States Period. It’s said that local people raced out in their boats to try and retrieve him – hence dragon boat racing – and when they couldn’t find him, they threw sticky rice into the river in hopes that fish would leave his body alone. This eventually turned into the tradition of eating rice dumplings on this day.