The dragon boat festival is hereeee 🙂 I love Chinese holidays because they usually involve food. My mom only makes certain foods on certain holidays so if I crave them, oh well. I have to wait until the holiday rolls around the next year. The dragon boat festival is one of my favorites because people back in China actually race these huge colorful dragon boats. It’s a really big competition kind of like surfing comps over here. I haven’t seen a dragon boat race around my area but I’m sure there are some in San Francisco and cities that have big Asian populations along the coast. Every year for the dragon boat festival, my mom makes these triangular sticky rice goodies called “dong” in Cantonese. It’s sticky rice mixed with peanuts with an aged egg, Chinese sausage, pork, and dried shrimp inside. It’s covered with banana leaves and bounded with white string. I’m not a huge fan of the aged egg so usually my mom will make some that don’t have eggs in them. What can I say? I’m a picky eater 😛
For my readers who have no flippin idea what the dragon boat festival is…it celebrates the life of a man who committed suicide. Don’t ask. When I asked my mom about it all she said was that a man jumped off a bridge and into a river therefore committing suicide. So every year on the anniversary of his death, the villagers around the area where the river is made dong and put them in the river. My mom says that some people believe if they put the dong into the river than the man will have food to eat while others believe that if they put the dong into the river, the fish will eat the dong and not the man’s body. I’m not really sure which is true but the dong is mighty tasty. As for the dragon boats, my mom said people believe that the boats will scare away the fish. I always look forward to this holiday every year. My great grandmother made the best dongs but since her passing, no one in my family has been able to replicate them. My great grandmother made it a family tradition. Every year all my aunts would gather at my grandmas house and make dong. My grandma makes good ones too but now that she’s older, she doesn’t really want to make a hassle of the holiday. My mom knows I love food so it’s always going to be an event at our house 🙂 I’ll try to get a picture of it so it makes more sense. Thanks for reading!