The Duanwu Festival or the Dragon Boat Festival, commonly called the (Bak) Chang Festival, falls on Friday, the 7th of June this year which is today. The Chinese eat zongzi or chang on this special day because they are considered a symbol of luck, as the pronunciation of zong is very similar to the pronunciation of zhong (中). This character has a positive connotation, used in words such as 中奖 (winning a prize).

Every year, without fail, my dear friend, Richard, would give me his exclusive home-made nyonya chang

Nyonya chang from Richard

…I guess if you are a regular follower of my blog, you would know that there is no way we can buy these here.

We can go out and buy the not-so-nice (the ones here, that is) Hokkien chang or the pillow-shaped Cantonese chang but one just can’t expect too much from those commercially made ones plus they do not come cheap. Often, I would buy some home and end up rather disappointed and I get really put off to see them tying the dumplings with nylon string and boiling it in the water for so long until the rice is cooked.

Richard, on the other hand, does not scrimp on the ingredients like that so you can see a lot of meat in his changs…


…and if you are observant enough, you will notice that he does not use pre-minced meat from the butcher or the shop – he will painstakingly cut the meat into tiny little cubes for the filling, the way it should be. More often than not, when eating the ones outside, you may be hard pressed to find some meat inside. These days, you may find a teeny-weeny piece, mostly fat or traces of minced meat, barely visible to the naked eye.

Rest assured that if it is Richard’s chang, you can bet that it is as perfect as it looks – see how symmetrical it is on the outside…

Richard's chang outside

…and also on the inside…

Richard's chang inside

Thank you so much, Richard, for remembering me again this year. Truly, yours are second to none…and a Happy Duanwu Festival to you and all your loved ones. Hopefully, we will all 中奖 after feasting on your lovely changs and here’s wishing everyone the same as well.

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

7 thoughts on “Triangles…”

  1. Your friend Richard is so nice. I have no idea that eating dumplings give good luck. I wonder when/where/how this reason came about. From young, my mother told me about the tale of Qu Yuan and that dumpling festival is for commemorating Qu Yuan who killed himself in the river. Stories have it that villagers tried to save him but failed so they began the tradition of throwing sacrificial cooked rice into the river for Qu Yuan, while others believed that the rice would prevent the fishes in the river from eating his body. Later these rice is packaged as zhongzi.

    Yes, that’s the story that I’ve known all my life…just that I stumbled upon this bit about winning a prize on Wiki. I sure would not mind a windfall…tomorrow, no draw today. LOL!!!

  2. I remember Richard gave you every year without fail as each and every time you will blog about it too. Yes, it is that good that you have been praising it up to the sky time and time again. You are truly blessed.

    Happy Dragon Boat Festival to you and your family..

    Thank you, and the same to you and yours. Indeed, I am truly blessed to have the best of friends all around.

  3. Lucky you! I bought some from outside and gosh, so expensive and so lousy. Won’t be buying anymore.

    Same here, so pissed off everytime. This morning, I was out so I bought some – the ladies in the house are not fond of nyonya chang, only me. Guess what!!! They had those canned stewed pork inside. Really!!!

  4. Home made Chang are definitely better than those bought outside, as definitely the ingredients would be better. I am blessed with two homemade chang made by my sis’s mother in law this year, a lot of ingredients just that it is not saltish enough, I prefer more flavourful and savoury.

    My sister gave us two that day – she ordered from somebody, house-based and my sister-in-law gave us some more, made by her relatives…and I got these from Richard. Lots of homemade chang this year, so blessed!

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