Frankly, I’ve never celebrated Dragon Boat Festival before, and neither have I eaten a SINGLE rice dumpling in 22 years of my existence. I didn’t know it’s such a big deal until I realized that everyone else has actually eaten a dumpling before!
Since it’s my first year celebrating this festival, I’ll share the history of the celebration of this particular day, just in case you have been blindly eating rice dumplings all your life, just like what I would have done. HEHEHE! This festivals stems from an incorruptible minister named Qu Yuan, from Warring States era of China. He was banished by the emperor because the emperor was screwed up. Out of his despair, Qu Yuan committed suicide by throwing himself into the river. Because he was well-loved by the villagers, they did not want the man-eating fish to feed on his body. Hence, fishermen began to beat their oars against the water in an attempt to scare the fishes, while others threw cooked rice wrapped in leaves, in hopes that the fishes would eat these instead. Hence, this festival has its 2 defining items: Dragon boat races and rice dumplings. I still don’t understand why they will throw rice to fishes. Wrapped in leaves some more, how the fish open and eat.
This year, I gave my dumpling virginity away to Din Tai Fung, and I certainly did not regret a single bit.
Available from 1st May to 30th June 2015, DTF has launched its all-new Pearl Rice Dumpling with Pork and Yam in Lotus Leaves Wrap, and available all year round, is its Red Bean Rice Dumpling.
1) Pearl Rice Dumpling with Pork & Yam in Lotus Leaves Wrap ($12.80)
Exclusively available at 10 restaurants from 1 May to 30 June 2015
The Taiwan glutinous rice used in this dumpling was so soft and managed to soak up the the flavors of the ingredients used. I could just have the rice on its own! Within, it consists of the melt in your mouth pork belly that has been braised for 4 hours, and the deep-fried pork chop, which split so perfectly, to my surprise, when I tried to halve it. Tenderness at its best. Besides the meats, there are also Japanese Shiitake mushrooms, yellow beans, Tian Jin chestnuts, yam and dried shrimps to elevate the flavors and textures of the dish. I was blown away by the flavors in this rice dumpling, and I’m indeed lucky to have such a quality and indulgent rice dumpling for my first taste at it.
This premium dumpling is only available at ten outlets: Paragon, BreadTalk IHQ, JEM, Junction 8, Jurong Point, Marina Bay Link Mall, Marina Bay Sands, NEX, Raffles City and Tampines Mall! Hurry go get them before they run out! While stocks last!
2) Red Bean Rice Dumpling ($5.50)
I’m so glad to have the opportunity to have a taste of both the sweet and savory rice dumplings on my first try! This red bean dumpling was really fragrant, and the natural sweetness of the red bean was not too overwhelming, which went absolutely well with the soft glutinous rice! This is available at ALL DTF outlets, all year round! Be sure to have it!
Don’t say I bojio!
1) Citibank cardholders will receive a complimentary Red Bean Rice Dumpling with a minimum spending of $90!
2) While all other customers will receive the complimentary Red Bean Rice Dumpling with a minimum spending of $100!
3) All customers may also purchase a Limited Edition Insulated Picnic Bag at $8.90 nett only, with any purchase.
So, what are you waiting for? GO GET YOUR BAZHANGS NOW! Stay tuned for more rice dumpling posts! (: