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Zongzi ( Taiwanese Tamale in Bamboo Leave )

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The history behind this special food....

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The Dwueen Ng Festival ( also known as Dragon Boat Festival every lunar calendar year on May 5th ) originated in ancient China. One traditional view holds that the festival memorializes the high official Qu Yuan ( c. 340 BC-278 BC ) of the ancient state of Chu ( Warring States Period ). Qu Yuen committed suicide by drowning himself in a river because he found out that Chu had lost a vital battle to Qin ( the state later on built the first Chinese Empire and the Great Wall ). The local people, knowing him to be a good man, decided to throw food into the river to feed the fish so that they would not eat Qu's body. They also sat on long, narrow paddle boats called dragon boats, and tried to scare the fish away by the thundering sound of drums aboard the boat and carved dragon head on the boat's prow.

Today, people eat bamboo-wrapped steamed rice dumplings called zongzi (the food originally intended to feed the fish) and race dragon boats in memory of Qu Yuen's death.

Many Taiwanese ancestors immigrated from mainland China during the 16th century. Therefore, Taiwanese inherited the custom of celebrating Dwueen Ng Festival. However, to adapt for local diet, zongzi has been evolved into Taiwanese own version. The zongzi I'm serving is a tweak of Hakka people's verison from Taichung ( a city located in west-central Taiwan ). It's an traditional flavor passed down by my father's family.

Reference:
Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_boat_festival
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