Wow Your Family With Your Homemade Bak Chang (Rice Dumpling)

Wow Your Family With Your Homemade Bak Chang (Rice Dumpling)
Monday, May 22, 2017

Dragon Boat Festival is around the corner (30 May 2017) and there is nothing better than enjoying a good serving of Bak Chang with your family!




Bak Chang, also known as Rice Dumpling, is a traditional food consumed by the Chinese to celebrate Dragon Boat Festival. The triangular shaped dumpling is wrapped in bamboo leaves and have wide variety of fillings. The commonly seen ones are the Hokkien version which comes with pork belly, dried Chinese mushroom, salted egg yolk, chestnut and dried shrimps and also the Nonya (Peranakan) version which is stuffed with braised minced pork. 




During the olden days, most households made their own Bak Chang with their secret recipe that is passed down for generations. As time passes, this tradition is at the risk of disappearing as Bak Chang is easily available in most Chinese restaurants and hotels. And these places usually launch new and innovative flavours every year.

 



Instead of having a hard time to pick which hotels or restaurants to get your Bak Chang from, why not making it yourself and continue the tradition.

Don’t know where to start? Follow this Hokkien Bak Chang recipe (Makes approximately 20 Bak Chang): 





Here’s how you should wrap the Bak Chang!





To cook the Bak Chang, simply bring a big pot of water to the boil. Submerge the dumplings in the water; the water should cover them by about 10 cm. Then cover the pot and cook the Bak Chang over medium-low heat for 2 to 3 hours.

And it’s a wrap! You are ready to enjoy your hard work with your love ones!

Photo Credits:
1. http://www.ms-skinnyfat.com/2016/05/food-buzz-yan-ting-st-regis-singapore.html
2. https://therantingpanda.com/2016/05/20/snippets-6-restaurants-to-get-your-rice-dumplings-bak-zhang-from-chilli-crab-rice-dumpling-to-birds-nest-rice-dumpling-with-salted-egg-yolk/
3. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/159174168059499936/



- Felicia (@ForteFelicity)