Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Ba Chang



Dragon boat festival is approaching. For the past few days me and my mum have been making lots and lots of ba chang. That's why the lack of posts lately. On top of that, the whole fridge and freezer is filled with nothing but ba chang. They're for family and friends and ... hehe...



Anyway, the festival is celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th month of the Chinese lunar calendar. Legend has it that Qu Yuan, a wise man who faught corruptions in his land, was in despair when the other ministers in court whispered into the emperor's ears that Qu Yuan was more popular than him; thus he was a threat. Consequently, Qu Yuan was banished from the capital. While he was banished that the Qin army occupied the capital. Qu Yuan was inconsolable and unable to bear the suffering of the people, he jumped into the river. The people were dismayed when they heard of his death. Fishermen raced to the spot in their boats to search his body. However, unable to recover his body, the people threw ba chang (rice/meat dumplings warped in bamboo leaves) into the river to feed the fish. So the fishies won't eat his body la. Since then, people started to commemorate Qu Yuan through dragon boat races and eating ba chang.

A video I complied during the making of ba chang. Enjoy~

The Ba Chang Chronicles:



6 comments:

bloomingtree said...

wah nice video. what did u use to do all the editing. pro job.

De Pianist said...

OMG!Ba chang!!!I love them sooooo much!!ARGH!!i'm desperate for them right now!so unfortunate that i couldn't eat them..wuwuwuw...=.=..

i like those without the egg though.same goes for mooncake d.haha..there's another kind,right?erm..is a mini sized dumpling,but then there's no meat but only bean(small amount,which i'm willing to eat.=p) inside,then must eat it together with some sort of sweet sauce,or honey,or sugar,i'm not that sure.but anyway,it's delicious!that makes me hungry whenever i think of it..^^

geneoga said...

wow... so professional!! Video also pro, make ba chang also pro. I think what de pianist say wan is kee chang. It's yellowish in color dipped with brown sugar/gula melaka sauce. some have fillings inside. arrgh..!! *drools*
I love all the changs... keep up the good work kimiko.

Kimiko said...

Dan: Thanks! Err... not pro le. Haha... *blush* I used Windows Movie Maker and Paint. ^^"

Pauline: I think Chinatown might have. Hmm.. Not sure bout that mini dumpling. First time hear ba chang dipped in sauce. >_<

I've never bought from outside b4. Been eating home made ones all my life. ^^" Should widen my horizon someday. Haha... But I've heard of salted eggs, nyonya, dried oysters and black eyed beans type though.

Gin: Arigato~ =) Still not pro le. Haha... There were a few casualties along the way. ^^" Ooo.. so that's kee chang ah?Haha.. Need to search at market place to try it out!

ipohchai said...

Ah.. I love bak chang so much..
drooling liao

pisang goreng 115,NF said...

wah! nice lor that bak chang....

lu chor sio?