Zong-zi or Jung tee or 粽子

by Benny J Hom
(new york)

I grew up in the Bronx, in the back of a chinese laundry during the 60's.


I remember my mother making jung (glutinous rice wrapped in banana leaves). She would let me make a few but mine were too big or too small and I wasn't the greatest folder and string wrapper, but she never said a word.

rice dumpling
A typical rice dumpling. Photo source: Food Recipes Stashed blog

rice dumpling unwrapped
Rice dumpling unwrapped. Photo source: Food Recipes Stashed blog

I remember they would boil throughout the night and the smell would fill the the store with the wonderful smell of jung. The next morning we would each get a whole one for breakfast.

Laundry customers would ask "what's that smell".

Whenever I walk into a store in Chinatown that makes them, it brings me back to living behind the laundry as a kid.

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Mar 16, 2012
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What a wonderful memory.
by: Phoebe Lim

Thank you for sharing your memory of glutinous rice dumplings. I like zong-zi a lot especially the ones with fatty pork ha!

We don't make them at home but friends who do say it is a lot of work. Your mum must be a very good cook.

If you ever come to Singapore, I'll bring you to try some of our local varieties. :)


Mar 17, 2012
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by: Anonymous

I think you meant bamboo leaves?...

Apr 30, 2012
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by: Phoebe (the webmaster)

Traditional 粽子 is wrapped in bamboo leaves but in places outside China, bamboo leaves might not be easily obtained.

In SEA, where I live, we use pandan leaves. In USA, perhaps they use banana leaves. As long as it helps achieve that triangular shape.

May 01, 2012
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