Duanwu Festival falls on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar. We may enjoy rice dumplings wrapped in leaves or watch the dragon boat races on this day. But beyond that, most of the festival’s origin stories point to the patriot Qu Yuan, and is an occasion to remind us of our loyalty to the nation too.
Before you start salivating over the dumpling treats, you might find yourself wondering about the different rice dumplings found in Singapore.
In the olden days, many early Chinese migrants from Fujian and Guangdong settled down in Singapore. Together with them, they brought along their culinary practices and habits which influenced our food culture! Hence, it’s common to find dumplings from different southern Chinese dialect groups here. With the evolution of culture, slowly but surely our rice dumplings have adapted to the local environment and modern trends unique to Singapore.