In a couple days, it will be 端午节 (duān wǔ jié) or the Dragon Boat Festival. As we’ve learned in our last article, eating the traditional treat 粽子 (zòng zi), or zongzi is an important custom of this Chinese holiday.

Back in Shanghai, my mom and I would always buy some pre-made at the nearest supermarket. But in America, zongzi are much harder to find, especially if you don’t live near a Chinatown. 

This was when my legendary aunt called and said: “Why buy them? I make them myself every year, come and help me out!”

Our end product!

So we did! Follow along to see the successes, slip-ups, and most importantly, the fun we had in making our very own zongzi!



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Emilie Zhang