Thursday, June 28, 2007

Dumpling festival

In Singapore, Chinese celebrate a festival known as the dumpling festival or dragon boat festival. It falls on the 5th day of the fifth month of the Chinese Lunar calender (which was last tuesday). I had wanted to write about this, but I delayed until now :p

Anyway, what's so great about this is that people celebrate by having dragon boat races (people sit in a boat with a dragon head and row the boat with one man beating the drum at the front leading them). The other great thing about this festival is that you can celebrate by eating Chinese rice dumplings. They are made with glutinuous rice stuffed with many things like shitake mushrooms, chestnuts, and meat. The glutinuous rice are then wrapped into a triangular shape using various kinds of leaves. Not to worry, there are vegan dumplings available. Many vegan versions also use shitake mushrooms and chesnuts as well as minced or chunks of mock meat. There is also a kind of yellow-looking dumpling made with lye water, they are not very nice when eaten alone.

Anyway, dumplings are available all year round here, so not to worry if you did not manage to eat one during the dumpling festival. In fact, if you want to avoid spending more money for the same dumpling, it's not advisable to buy during the festival period because the price goes up. If you happen to come to Balestier road, there is a shop selling dumplings and you can buy the vegetarian nonya rice dumpling (peranakan cuisine). It's not exceptional, but you can get it almost everyday.

If you like to read about the history of how the dumpling festival came about, click here
Picture source: erdsg.com

10 comments:

Veggie Bun said...

Which shop is that? Address please.. hehe...

zlyrica said...

I know IMM level one and Bishan Junction 8's basement have stall that sell vegan dumplings. You might want to check them out.

Veggie Bun said...

but i want the nyonya veg* dumplings.. not just normal dumplings.. hehe

zlyrica said...

Yup, the nyonya one that i had tried at IMM was good, though they had sorta changed the formula a bit, but at least it's not so jialet that it used to be, btw, used to be only $1 for one, now it's $1.70!!!

dreamy said...

IMM at Jurong East? Thats far from my place!
Hehe.. $1.70, then u gotta try the nyonya one at my place it's like 1.30 or 1.40 if I am not wrong... I think that should be the supplying shop or something, cuz I don't see long queues at the shop but it still can survive.

The shop is at near the end of Balestier road where Quality hotel is (the end where it leads to moulmein rd and lavender road). It is one of the shophouses across the road from Balestier Point. You can't miss it, got a lot of dumplings hanging at the stall..

KleoPatra said...

Mmmmmmmm, vegan dumplings!!! i missed the event... but it's never too late to enjoy them. i think i'll see what Judith makes... she wrote on another post here that you inspired her! YAY!

moonpointer said...

Hey, Tangs basement has dumplings too, selling at $1.20, have not tried it tho... :p

Veggie Bun said...

Ooh.. thanks for all the info! hehe... i'll go try them when I go to IMM...

dreamy said...

Haha.. must be the picture of the dumplings that inspired her! I m glad I stick that pic in :D

Zyrius, what kind of dumplings at Tangs? veg Nonya? veg normal kind?

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