Kim Choo Kueh Chang: Ba Chang

ED: When I think Chinese traditional foods, I think Ba Chang. Ba Chang are traditionally eaten during the Dragon Boat Festival which falls on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar commemorating the death of Qu Yuan, a famous poet, who was passionately concerned about the fate of his government. His feelings of concern was so strong that when the state’s capital was over-thrown, he drowned himself in the Miluo River out of despair. His fellow Chinese people searched for their beloved poet in the river, meanwhile dropping dumplings of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves into the river, in order to keep the fishes from attacking Qu Yuan’s body. So that’s the story behind the Chinese Ba Chang. But do pardon me when I say this very day doesn’t mean much to me, because if you love these little bundles of joy as much as I do, everyday is Ba Chang Day.

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