In celebration of the legendary Dragon Boat Festival on 12 June 2013, Executive Chinese Chef Mok Kit Keung of the Michelin two-star Shang Palace has created a new selection of sticky rice dumplings. The dumplings, along with some popular choices, will be available at Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong between 14 May and 12 June 2013. For enquiries or to place an order, please call Shang Palace at (852) 2733 8401. All orders received before 27 May 2013 will be entitled to a 20 per cent early bird discount.
Chef Mok gives this year’s festival a creative twist with a range of crystal dumplings. The use of crystal powder instead of traditional sticky rice gives the translucent dumpling skin a smooth and chewy texture. The dumplings are available in three sweet fillings – red wine and cranberry, pandan paste and green bean paste – and are to be served chilled. Each box contains three pieces of crystal dumplings priced at HK$128 only. Chef Mok has also come up with a new vegetarian creation featuring black truffle and oatmeal to cater to the taste buds of different guests. Each piece is priced at HK$158.
In addition, the team of chefs at Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong lends a Japanese twist to the traditional Chinese culture by using Yonezawa pork from the Yamagata Prefecture and Tokachi red beans from Hokkaido as the main ingredients of two kinds of sticky rice dumplings available at HK$128 and HK$78, respectively.
Traditional flavours made from age-old recipes will also be available. Selections include sticky rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves and filled with whole abalone (HK$208 each), succulent conpoy, barbecued pork and salted egg (HK$158 each) and sweet mashed lotus seed paste (HK$58 each).
One of Hong Kong’s most exciting events, the Dragon Boat Festival commemorates the death of popular Chinese poet-statesman Qu Yuan more than 2,000 years ago. According to legend, he threw himself into Mi Lo River in protest of the corrupt government of the day. The tradition of eating sticky rice dumplings and racing in elaborately decorated dragon boats to a drumbeat is reminiscent of the nearby villagers’ response to Qu Yuan’s plight. They raced out in their boats to save their hero, beating their drums and throwing rice dumplings into the water to prevent the fish from eating Qu Yuan’s drowned body.