Saturday, June 19, 2021

Zong Zhi - Dragon Boat Festival in Hong Kong

This year my wife was too busy that she did not have time to make any Nyonya Bak Chang dumplings. She is WFH doing 3 different jobs and getting 3 paid salaries during this trying times. 

So we were eating bak changs given from well wishers and a powered bak chang from wife's ex student who is now an award winning pastry chef. Then I saw someone shared the chart below and prompted me to post it for useful remembrance. I didn't know that there are at least 6 types of Chinese dumplings. I have eaten all types below except Hakka styled. Besides that, I have eaten famous dumplings from Shanghai and Kaoshiung while in overseas. Have you tried all those below??




This Zong Zhi festival really brought me fondest memories of Hong Kong when all the photos popped up in my Facebook memory. I will throwback and repost them again. In fact, I posted these photos in my blog 3 years ago when I visited Cheung Chau island.

I have visited or transited in Hong Kong over 10 times ever since the scary old Kai Tak Airport was still in operations. It was the only airport that planes flew close to all the windows and flat balconies in Kowloon. You could see people playing mahjong in the living rooms or drying clothes at the windows. A real sight to behold then.

I always regretted that I never had my own quality time to venture around that buzzling city as it was always a rush or working trip. Even my 2 weeks stay with my sister who had a 4 storey house in Discovery Bay in Lantau Island did not grant me the opportunity to go island hopping.



The good fate smiled when my wife had to attend a week long stint at the Chinese University of Hong Kong to present her papers on Computational Thinking for all all the world academicians to hear. Wife at work, Hubby at play! I walked and explored all the backlanes along Nathan Road and the whole hills of the luxury homes at Mid Levels in Central Hong Kong. Then we hopped into the boat to visit Cheung Chau island during her one day break. Remember how happy we ate the frozen fruits?? I still did not make my own frozen pineapple and watermelon yet. Maybe tomorrow!





It was truly my dream come true to see a real Dragon Boat Festival atmosphere in my life. It was packed with thousands of local tourists. 



We rented a bicycle and toured the old narrow streets like little Boy & Girl.


I learnt that I have terrible phobia for dark and narrow space when I visited the famous cave of Qing Dynasty's pirate Cheong Po Sai who hid all his treasures inside. I definitely cannot take MRI scans without getting sedated. Many HKG youngsters backed out and climbed up from venturing further as their fear took its toll. It was very pitch black and you would have to use both hands to feel the extreme narrow cave walls to navigate. The solid cave walls would sandwich your front & back body along the way and that was scary inside the unknown. I highly don't recommend this place.



Many friends said I was nuts to jump into the sea off Tung Wan Beach! There is nothing I would not want to try in life.


The lunch and dinner by the seaside at Cheung Chau island was unforgettable. Good memories are truly precious. I have planned my future visits to Tai-O, Lamma Island and Peng Chau Island to explore.

My Next Coming Posts:
1. I Got Vaccinated
2. Computational Thinking Centre @ Taman Desa



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17 comments:

  1. Wow! Your wife is truly a super woman! Earn 3 paid salaries is so 💪. I have only eaten Cantonese and nyonya chung. Dunno where to find the rest of the types. Nice memories you have of hk. May u n your wife visit more hk places in the future. Dark n narrow places are horrible. Not many people like to go to these places. How was your jab? R u going to write about your experience?

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    1. Yes I myself still shake my head in disbelief when I see her work non stop everyday. Me just sit and watch Netflix all day! That's because she is the only one who holds the Master Trainer's cert for Computational Thinking outside USA. I foresee bigger responsibilities in China when borders reopen again. That's my plans.

      I could say that I have covered every inch of Kowloon, Hong Kong and New Territories by now. Just missing those 263 islands in total. I am curious to visit the bigger ones as mentioned. Chow Yun Fatt was born in Lamma island and he is my idol. LOL

      Spot on. My next post would be the vaccine jab. I have updated below this post what's my next topics.

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  2. Next year I want to buy nyonya zongzi from your wife

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    1. No worries. I will send them to you as complimentary Zong Zhi festive gifts. Keep donating into the Food Bank and good returns will come.

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  3. My favourite chung is Cantonese but may have eaten the other types and not know the difference...though probably not Teochew and Hokkien chung because of the red bean or lotus paste and five-spice taste. Chung festival this year came and went without much fanfare and I now remember I still have 2 chung in my fridge! >_<

    Yes, I certainly remember some of these photos (and its poses!). I too think I have a phobia of the dark and tight spaces. I once took a roller coaster ride (when I was younger lah) when I visited Disneyland in US and it was in pitch black darkness and it frightened the shit out of me (figuratively speaking, of course)...hehehe! ;D

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    1. I have been eating bak chang dumplings all my life and never realised they were different according to the Chinese clans. That's why I was truly amazed by the detailed illustration done and decided to share in case many are not aware.

      Wow! You really jolted my memories too. I also visited Disneyland in Anaheim LA when a student and took that pitch dark ride into "Outer Space" I was scared like hell at the start until I was transported into bursting lights of the universe suddenly. Later years I went to Disney in HKG and Tokyo where they still have this exact same rides. Now TM grown up and could yawn at the rides. Wakakakaka

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  4. The chung that I have been eating must be either Hokkien or Cantonese and my favorite is still nonya chung. This year I did not have any unlike last year where I ate so many hah..hah...

    I still remember your post where you mentioned about the frozen watermelon and pineapple, something which I thought of doing but haven't! I have so far only frozen bananas for making smoothies. As for dark tight spaces I have two fears - dark = hantu, tight = I might get stuck! LOL!

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    1. I really regretted for not snapping photos of the famous giant Bak Changs I ate in Kaoshiung, Taiwan. I think they were Hokkien styled and giant enough to feed 4 persons each dumpling.

      I will buy sliced watermelon and pineapple tomorrow and toss them into freezer. I am sure it would be like Cheung Chau style and very very refreshing. I guarantee you ma'am.

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    1. Yes I have and they tasted very good. Not extraordinary like the size and shapes of the ones in Shanghai and Kaohsiung. Try them my friend when you visit there.

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  6. i LOVE your wife's sunglasses, twilight. where did she buy them from? and also—only asking this out of sheer curiosity: do you have children, twilight? sorry if that was a little blunt.

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    1. She bought that sunglasses from Hong Kong itself.

      I have no kids. You may ask again why I have no kids. Lolol

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    2. ooh, nice! what brand are they, please? and would the answer be because you don't want 'em?

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    3. That one was cheap brand and her sweat has removed the name 🤣🤣
      Most sunglasses today are made in China and they are beautiful. They are good at faking the brands like Tom Ford, Dior and Prada.

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  7. I like 4 out of 6 dumplings that you shared, the two that I don't like are Nyonya (for its candied winter melon) & Teochew (for its red bean/lotus paste) because the combination of swet & savoury in dumpling just doesn't work for me. >_<
    It's definite great to be able to witness or join the celebration of the local events/occasions, because it's the most authentic way to feel and understand culture of that particular place or people.

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    1. Hahaha. You are the first person who dislikes Nyonya Chang. I am a Teochew but had never tried this clan's dumpling. Maybe need to eat them in Guangzhou.

      I agree that it was the best thing for me to feel the real Dragon Boat festive mood in Cheung Chau Island. I felt so good to be a Chinese. Lolol.

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  8. This year i did not eat any chang and the festival just passed by quietly. Yes i remember those HK photos and frozen fruits which you had posted before. I dont think i will like nyonya chang from the look of it (color of the rice) but i am game to try all of them if got chance and can find.

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