Sticky Rice Wrapped in Bamboo Leaves (Joong or Zhongzi)
420 mins (prep 300, cooking 120)
28 ingredients
20 servings
A soy-free version of the Chinese Sticky Rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves, known as Joong, or Zhongzi that are traditionally eaten in late Spring for the Dragonboat Festival. You can buy them at Asian supermarkets (like T&T here), and my husband's family makes them, but they all have ingredients my son can't have. Usually these have dried shrimp or scallop, mushrooms, nuts, soy sauce, 5-spice powder, chinese sausage and egg, but yummy as they are, these all make my son itchy, so I improvised! Special thanks to W.K. Leung for his pictorial description here: You may want to see the pictures of the various packages he uses. If you don't need to avoid all those ingredients, you'll probably want to follow his recipe, as this one is a little bland (shhh, don't tell my son...) Wrapping the dumplings is tricky - I had to watch a few different videos, and even then, my first one took about 20 minutes! Eventually I figured it out. My best ones ended up as somewhat rectangular pyramids, rather than the tetrahedrons I usually see. This is a fairly time-consuming project, most families make it a group activity! Preparation time below is for one person doing it all herself for the first time, with a little "help" from my little man, and does not include overnight soaking time.

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Serving Size (46.05 g)
Servings 20
Amount per Serving
Calories 54.86 Calories from Fat 32.22
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3.58g 110.06%
Saturated Fat 0.38g 38.22%
Trans Fat 0.01g %
Cholesterol 7.93mg 52.84%
Sodium 468.27mg 390.22%
Total Carbohydrate 3.1g 20.65%
Dietary Fiber 0.61 g 48.42%
Sugars 1.72 g %
Protein 3.04g 121.62%
Vitamin A 89.75IU% Vitamin C 0.29mg%
Calcium 14.03mg% Iron 0.32mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
glutinous rice, pork shoulder, rice wine, pinch cinnamon, white pepper, ground cloves, ground coriander, ground fenugreek, fresh ginger