How To Make Bak Zhang

Serves

10-15 bak zhang

For those who love bak zhang (traditional rice dumpling wrapped in bamboo leaves), watch this video recipe to learn how to make it. Impress your friends and family by gifting them these savoury meat dumplings on Duanwu festival!

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Filled with a generous portion of meat, you can eat bak zhang at anytime of the day to satiate your appetite. Follow the step-by-step guide in this video recipe to make delicious bak zhang for your friends and family!

Wrapping Techniques

Ingredients

500
grams
Dried Shiitake Mushrooms
, soaked overnight
1
kilograms
Pork Belly
, (cut into 3cmx 3cm cubes), marinated overnight
2.5
kilograms
Glutinous Rice
, soaked overnight
3
packets
Bamboo Leaves
, soaked overnight
200
grams
Dried Chestnut
, soaked overnight
200
grams
Dried Hae Bee
, soaked 2 hours with warm water
5
tablespoons
Dark Soy Sauce
2
teaspoons
White Pepper
1
cup
Salt
3
teaspoons
Sesame Oil
700
millilitres
Cooking Oil
, (for frying shallot and filling)
200
grams
Five Spice Powder
500
grams
Shallot
, chopped
Bamboo Leaves
, soaked and cleaned
1
ball
Raffia Strings
10
pieces
Pandan Leaves

Directions

Pour boiling hot water over dried bamboo leaves, soak the leaves overnight. Next day, use a damp cloth to wipe it down and rinse once through.
This should yield at least 30-35 pieces of good leaves. Dried leaves are brittle, only 60-70% of the leaves can be used after soaking.
Marinate pork belly with 2 tablespoons of 5 spice powder, 3 teaspoons of salt, 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of dark soy sauce, 2 teaspoons of white pepper, 3 teaspoons of sesame oil, 1 tablespoon of lard oil, marinate overnight.
Deep fry the chopped shallot, drain, set aside shallot oil.
In a dry wok, stir fry pork lard until lard oil appears, discard lard.
Dice up soaked mushroom and hae bee.
Mushroom/hae bee filling- put in 3 tablespoons shallot oil and fry till fragrant, season with 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 tablespoon of dark soy sauce. Stir in fried shallot.
Fry the soaked glutinous rice with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1-2 tablespoons of dark soy sauce with 5 tablespoons of shallot oil and 2 tablespoons of lard oil. Set aside to cool for wrapping.
Wrapping Directions: Fold two pieces of bamboo leaves into a cone shape. The smoother side should be in contact with the rice to prevent the rice from sticking to the leaves when it is cooked.
Fill one-third of the cone with glutinous rice.
Add in the rest of the ingredients to your liking.
Top off with more glutinous rice.
Tighten both sides of the cone and cover the exposed top firmly.
Fold the end of the leaves to complete the pyramid.
Tie the Bak Zhang from the middle of the string. Make two rounds around the Bak Zhang tightly.
Tie a tight knot. Let it hang.
Complete the rest to make a bunch.
After wrapping, boil a big pot of water with ½ cup of salt. Tie the pandan leaves and drop it in the water.
Slowly immerse the dumplings into the water and boil on high fire for 45 minutes.
Turn the dumplings around and give it a good stir and continue boiling on high fire for another 45 minutes.

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