On the 5th day of the 5th month of the Chinese lunar calendar, the Chinese celebrate Duan Wu or Dragon Boat Festival. Legend has it that this date commemorates the death of patriotic poet Qu Yuan who drowned himself more than 2,000 years ago when his beloved Chu state fell to the State of Qin. According to the legend, the locals made rice dumplings (“zongzi”) and threw these into the river to lure the fishes away from eating his body. And that’s how the tradition of making rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves started.
This year, the Dragon Boat Festival or Duan Wu Festival falls on 9 June 2016. That’s just days away. If you are not making your own rice dumplings for this occasion, why not check out some of the rice dumplings from Yong Sheng Confectionery? Read my 1st post on Yong Sheng Confectionery here.
The regular rice dumplings from Yong Sheng Confectionery are the Royal Dumplings with or without red beans. There’s also a Royal Vegetarian choice. The royal dumplings are priced at RM6.50 each but if you buy 4, it’s only RM22.80.
Then there are the luxe King Dumplings and Xiang Fei. These are huge dumplings, wrapped into an elongated triangular shape. These big babies are filled with dried scallops and meat floss in addition to the usual pork, mushrooms, mung beans and dried shrimps. The King Dumplings have salted egg yolks for added flavour. Each of the King/Xiang Fei dumpling is RM14.80 and if you buy 4, it’s RM50.
Yong Sheng has created some unique Crystal Dumplings. These are smaller dumplings with a crystal-like translucent skin and come with 3 kinds of filling: red bean paste, panda paste and yam paste. They are priced at RM3.80 each and RM10.60 for 3 pieces. The crystal skin has a nice bouncy texture and the fillings are not overly sweet.
The dumplings from Yong Sheng are steamed and not boiled and are available till 9 June 2016.
From Muar, Yong Sheng has now expanded to 13 branches under Yong Sheng Gift Shops which are located in Subang Jaya, Melaka, Muar, Batu Pahat, Kluang, Skudai and Johor Bahru. So, in the Klang Valley, these dumplings are available in their Subang Jaya outlet. The good news is that they will be opening a new outlet in 1-Utama very soon.
The Yong Sheng Confectionery outlet in the Klang Valley is located at:
7 Jalan USJ 10/1E
UEP Subang Jaya