Bak Chang (Rice Dumplings)

Bak Chang (Rice Dumplings)
Pronunciation: bah-chahng

Description:
A type of rice dumpling in the shape of a pyramid. Bak Chang is made of glutinous rice, pork, mushrooms and chestnuts, wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves. These rice dumplings are usually eaten during the traditional Dragon Boat Festival celebrated by the Chinese in Singapore.

Trivial:
The Dragon Boat Festival falls on the 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar calendar, to commemorate the death of a famous Chinese poet called Qu Yuan. Legend has it that in 278BC, he committed suicide by jumping into a river after the kingdom that he was living in was taken over. Packets of rice (similar to Bak Chang) were thrown into the river to feed the fishes to prevent them from eating his body.

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