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粽子 Dumplings Time at Lai Ching Yuen

Its the time of the year again that we stuff ourselves silly with yummy glutinous rice dumplings. Call it 粽子(zongzi), bak zhang or zong, its still a yummy dumpling filled with precious ingredients. Unlike the regular chinese dumplings that we get all year long, the dumplings celebration is now celebrated with more exquisite ingredients. This year, I've gone one extra step of making my own 粽子 - this is made possible by the folks at Grand Millenium Hotel.

The ingredients were precooked. All we needed to do was to wrap it up and cook it. Technically it sounded easy. In reality, it was quite a labourous and very skilled effort but with Master Dim Sum Chef Thye Yoon Kong’s guidance (and help) the task was pretty much completed.
The meats
Chestnut, mushrooms, dried scallops and salted egg yolk
Five spice powder is used to flavour and colour the rice. Dehulled mung beans is a must for 粽子
Layer, layer and more layers of goodness
Lavish ingredients all nicely wrapped up by Chef Kong - 3 types of pork, duck, dried scallop, 
salted egg yolk, chestnut, mushroom, dehulled mung beans and marinated glutinous rice

We each had our own dumpling that we wrapped to take home and boil it ourselves at home. One could boil it slowly for 5 hours or in my case of being lazy, I resorted to the pressure cooker for 45 minutes. I'll share with you the recipe on another post
Its easy layering it. Wrapping and tying it is an art. Mission accomplished than to Chef Kong:D
Yen packed a good dumpling (with lots of scallops of course)
It was hard work wrapping those dumplings and our reward was of course yummy dumplings all cooked and ready to be savoured. These are available at Lai Ching Yuen, Grand Millenium Kuala Lumpur till 23rd June 2012.
The Glutinous Rice Dumpling with Abalone and Chinese Mushroom (RM68)
is the top of the range. As soon as it is time to dig in, someone went straight for the abalone
and it definitely wasn't me:D 
Glutinous Rice Dumpling with Dried Scallops and Roasted Duck Meat (RM38)

A beautiful and decadent mix of 4 types of pork and duck. Each had its own flavour and texture but they certainly were a marriage made in heaven. To compliment the meats were the fragrant rice and soft mung beans, tender mushroom and chestnut. The salted egg and dried scallops added a certain finesse to this delightful parcel.
A little closer to traditional dumplings would be the Glutinous Rice Dumping with Roasted Pork (RM28). Hidden inside each pillow is generous chunks of roasted pork with black eye peas 
The Sweet Glutinous Rice Dumpling with White Lotus Paste (RM18) was a nice finish to our meal. Its good to be eaten on its own with the very flavourful lotus paste or if you have a sweet tooth, you can add on the fragrant honey malt syrup served with it.

The dumplings are available until 23rd June 2012. None halal...so happy feasting on all the porky goodness!
Lai Ching Yuen
Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur
Level 1
160 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
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Full set of pictures including the step by step pictures available at Dumplings at Lai Ching Yuen