Dragon Boat Festival means zongzi – but where does the wrapped sticky rice treat come from? Photo: @xlbcr/Instagram Dragon Boat Festival means zongzi – but where does the wrapped sticky rice treat come from? Photo: @xlbcr/Instagram
Dragon Boat Festival means zongzi – but where does the wrapped sticky rice treat come from? Photo: @xlbcr/Instagram

Why do we eat zongzi during Dragon Boat Festival? The history behind the rice dumpling, plus 10 ways it’s prepared throughout Asia

  • In China, zongzi commemorates the historical poet Qu Yuan – but the dish appeared 5,000 years ago, with some considering it the first ‘fast food’ for farmers
  • Chinese provinces have their own versions – such as Guangzhou’s ham, salted egg and chestnut rendition – so do Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia

Topic |   Hong Kong Origins Stories
Dragon Boat Festival means zongzi – but where does the wrapped sticky rice treat come from? Photo: @xlbcr/Instagram Dragon Boat Festival means zongzi – but where does the wrapped sticky rice treat come from? Photo: @xlbcr/Instagram
Dragon Boat Festival means zongzi – but where does the wrapped sticky rice treat come from? Photo: @xlbcr/Instagram
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