To celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duanwu Festival, make your own lotus leaf glutinous rice dumplings, or bak chang.
For starters, give yourself a whole day to make these rice dumplings.
Prepare the braised pork a day ahead, which allows more time for the pork to steep in the aromatic braising sauce and become even more flavourful.
Using both lotus and bamboo leaves also imparts a delicate, tea-like flavour and aroma to the filling.
Ahead, the ingredients and steps are segmented into different parts for ease of understanding. (No time to make? Get these store-bought ones which also made great gifts.)
Bak Chang in A Parcel: An Easier Way To Wrap
Unless you are an origami artist, folding the dumpling the traditional way requires some patience and practice.
If you’re keen on making homemade rice dumplings, but stumped by how to wrap the pyramid-shaped bak chang, skip it.
Try this easy alternative: Just fold the lotus leaf over the dumpling – like you would a parcel. This method is more practical and less time-consuming.
Save your effort for the lotus leaf glutinous rice dumplings, which take a fair amount of work to put together.