Sunday, June 20, 2010

Question - What's hidden within the newspaper?

What's hidden within the newspaper wrappings??
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No lah!! I did not commit murder by chopping the head off a human (or non-human) and hanging "it" up!!
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Hint: It has something to do with a festival celebrated by the Chinese. Another indication is hidden within the pixelated picture above!
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Answer
Rice Dumplings
(aka Zong Zi)!!

When i was young, i loved to eat Zong Zi with ketchup.

Back then, it was exciting to unwrap each dumpling and see, with anticipation, what we can find within!

Would it have more meat? Or would it contain more chestnuts (my nemsis!)?

In the kampong, we only had the normal Zong Zi we termed as Rou Zong (meat rice dumplings).

The contemporary mixed world we live in nowadays changed a lot of things; we have so many varieties now!

My two favourites are the Nonya Zong and Jianshui Zong (shown above in their unwrapped forms).

Unlike the normal Rou Zong, the peranakan Nonya Zong has meat that tastes sweeter and instead of the conventional bamboo or reed leaves, pandan leaves are used as wrappers.

Jianshui Zong is more commonly known as Kee Ah Zang (Hokkien term) in Singapore.

The only zong zi classified as a dessert, the rice has a distinctive yellow colour and frequently contains no filling!

So how do we eat this small dumpling? Plain eating is so BORING right?

I like to dip mine in Kaya but other options include sugar, honey and even fruit jam!

Psssssttt
Don't ask me why my mom wrapped the hanging dumplings with newspapers!! She told me it was to prevent the wind, dust and dirt from getting to them.

Doesn't sound right to me!!
They were already wrapped right?

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