Monday, January 10, 2011

Ba Zhang/Zhongzi 粽子 (Glutinous Rice Dumpling)

Fold two bamboo leave into a cone
Scoop a tablespoon of rice into the cone
Add one slice of pork, 2-3 dried shrimp,1 mushroom, yellow bean in the rice
Top it with another spoon of  rice and ready to wrap
Fold the leave down and wrap it
Hold it tight and make sure the three triangles is closed by the bamboo leave
Tie and secure it with hemp string tightly,tie 2 rounds
Done with the 1st one
Tie 7-8 bak chang in a bunch
One bunch of bak chang

*Preparation :-
Boil the bamboo leaves until it turns soft (approximately 10-15 minutes), then remove and wipe them with paper towels on both sides.

Marinate Pork with, 1/2 tsp 5 spices powder( ng heong fun)1/1/2 tsp salt,11/2 tsp sugar, 1/2 tsp oyster sauce, 3 dash pepper powder, 2 cloves of garlic(mince)

Pre-soak peeled Split Mung Bean(Wong Tao) for 3 hrs or overnight, cook in a small pot for 3- 5 minutes, add 2 dash pepper powder,1/2 tsp salt,1/2 tsp sugar, 1/2 tsp shallot oil, if too dry add 1 tbsp water. Remove and set aside.

Marinate mushroom with 2 dash pepper powder, 1/2 salt.
Fry shallot until it's fragrant and golden brown, then remove the shallots and set aside.
Use the same oil to fry the dried shrimp till aroma or golden brown,remove and set aside.

Pre-soak the glutinous rice for 2 hrs,drain,on the wok or deep skillet on medium heat with 21/2 tbsp cooking oil or the leftover shallot oil,pour the sweet rice in to fry, stir well, add 2 tsp salt,1/12 tsp sugar, 2 tsp dark soy sauce ( if you prefer white bak chang omit this) 2 tsp 5 spies powder (ng heong fun) 3 dash pepper powder. Lastly put the minced garlic, remove and start to wrap bak chang. Before you start to wrap, bring a big pot of water to boil; enough to boil all the bak chang. Use a 12 quart pot.

Boiling Method   :

Gently put the Bak Chang inside the hot boiling water to boil 31/2 hours. Leave the heat on high for the           
first 1 hour, then reduce the heat to medium to high 2 hrs and raise the heat to high 1/2 hour before the
Bak Chang is ready. Yummylicious Bak Chang will be ready, soon. By the time your whole house 
will be full of aromatic flavors of Bak Chang.
Glutinous Rice Dumpling

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