Love triangle…

It’s that time of the year again  – the Zhang (rice dumpling) Festival also known as the Dragon Boat Festival or DuanWu Jie (the Double 5 Festival as it falls in the 5th Day of the 5th month in the Chinese lunar calendar). If anyone is interested in knowing more about the festival, just click this link to go and read all about it.

Well, this year, the actual day falls on the 6th of June, next week and these days, I no longer look forward to it as my mum has long stopped making the traditional nyonya meat dumplings even when she was still up and about and my mother-in-law is, more often than not, not up to it anymore as she too is growing too old. Otherwise, at least we would get the Hokkien variety to enjoy whenever the festival came around…but at least, there is not much of a problem buying this type in town – except that the homemade ones are usually nicer.

Imagine my delight when my friend, Richard, dropped by my house the other evening and gave me these…

Richard's nyonya zhang 1

…that he made himself, those nyonya ones that I very much prefer – with the fragrance of ground or pounded ketumbar seeds in it. If you check out this post, he has been so kind as to give me some every time this festival comes around since as far back as 2008!

His were BIG…

Richard's nyonya zhang 2

…and really conical in shape – unlike the ones my missus made when she tried her hand at it the other day. Hehehehehehe!!!

Richard's nyonya zhang 3

And look at all that meat inside…

Richard's nyonya zhang 4

Yum! Yum!

Thanks a lot, Richard. I gave some to my mum too, of course, knowing that she would enjoy them as well – exactly like those that she used to make a long long time ago.