Some 2000 years ago during the Chou Dynasty, there lived a Chinese poet and patriot named Qu Yuan. He was exiled for his reforms, and committed suicide by jumping into a river. Legend has it that the local people rushed to the river in their boats, beating their drums and splashing water to keep evil spirits away while also throwing in chunks of cooked rice into the river to prevent fishes from eating his’s body.
The Dragon Boat Festival has since become a yearly event to commemorate the people’s rescue attempt. Zongzi; pyramid-shaped glutinous rice dumplings wrapped in reed leaves, symbolise traditional Chinese patriotism. Chinese households honour the tradition by eating the zongzi, which comes in various fillings like mushroom and scallops. These hotel restaurants are proudly presenting their own delectable dumpling creations:
Speciality: ‘Duanwu’ perfectly packaged in bamboo leaves, with highlights including the Hong Kong Style Abalone Rice Dumpling, Traditional Rice Dumpling with Supreme Chili Sauce, and Sweetened Yixing Dark Rice Dumpling with Chestnut and Red Bean.
Available from: 8 May to 7 June 2019, price starts from MYR18+ per dumpling.
Speciality: Glutinous Rice Dumplings with Mushroom and Extra-Ordinary Sauce, Dried Scallop and Oyster Glutinous Rice Dumpling and Hong Kong Styled Glutinous Rice Dumpling.
Available from: 6 May to 6 June 2019, price starts from MYR20 nett to MYR38 nett.
Speciality: The 8-course set for lunch or dinner, which includes the bamboo leaf dumpling with chicken and salted egg, Osmanthus lemongrass jelly with aloe vera and fresh fruits, and stir-fried prawns with Fresh Lily bulbs.
Available from: 31 May to 7 June 2019, MYR 1288 nett per pax for group booking of minimum 10 people.
Speciality: The Imperial 10 Glutinous Rice Dumplings feature 10 ingredients: dried scallops, smoked duck, dried oysters, stewed chicken and more.
Available from: 1 to 15 June 2019 for dine-in or takeaway, price starts from MYR68 nett per dumpling
Speciality: Only the freshest ingredients like dry black mushroom, salted egg yolk, dry scallop, boneless chicken leg, roasted duck, black eyed bean and chestnut are skilfully handcrafted into dumpling wrapped in bamboo leaves.
Availabie from: 31 May to 9 June 2019, priced at MYR 26 nett per dumpling.