Celebrate DuanWu @ the Dragon-i
The Duanwu Festival, also known as the Dragon Boat festival or rice dumpling festival, due to the customs of eating rice dumpling during this festival is a cultural celebration by Chinese communities around the world. In countries like China, the festive is celebrated in many ways. From the Dragon Boats, to the dumplings, to street performances, the origin of the festival are often still being connected to the great patriotic and literary figure Qu Yuan.
According to the dramatic story of poet Qu Yuan, the official in the state of Chu during the war period in ancient China was being removed and sent into exile by the king. With much sorrow, Qu Yuan drowned in Miluo River on the fifth say of the fifth lunar month. The locals then searched for his body in the river, and in order to prevent the fishes from eating the body, locals dropped dumplings of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves into the river. Since then, eating dumplings became a tradition as a memorial to the poet.
Up till this day, we celebrate with more intriguing flavours and dumpling varieties. In Dragon-i, their chef cleverly wrapped dumplings of glutinous rice with amazing flavours like the XO sauce, shitake mushrooms, and even abalone.
With four different flavours all still preserving authenticity of the traditional food, they were all selling so good as when I order at 7pm, I was told that they have sold out half of their dumplings. What’s left is the sweet dumpling so I took it as dessert after my main meal.
It’s served with some sugar and the texture is great with the bites of those crystalline sugar dipped. Wrapped with lotus seed paste in glutinous rice crystal dumpling, the smooth paste not too sweet and to my liking is complementing the sugar so perfectly.
Dragon-i is located at :
S313A, New Wing, Highstreet,
One Utama Shopping Centre,
No. 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama,
47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Indulge in the taste and effort to commemorate the well known poet Qu Yuan whilst rejoicing with simple Crystal Dumpling filled with Lotus seed paste at the Dragon-i Restaurant. Enjoy the perfect combination of sweet and chewy texture. Happy DuanWu festival.