Taiwanese Street Food at Dragon Boat Festival 2020 – ZONGZI (粽子)


This weekend, we are celebrating Dragon Boat Festival 端午節 2020 in TAIWAN! We are going to learn about the traditions, the boat racing and of course, the quintessential food which is the ZONGZI (Glutinous Rice Dumplings).
Dragon Boat Festival occurs on the 5th day of the 5th month on the Lunar Calendar. It is considered an unlucky time of year, and many of the traditions stem from the superstitions surrounding illnesses, dangerous animals and evil spirits. That includes hanging Calamus and Wormwood on doors. It is also said that the Dragon Boat Festival honours the poet Qu Yuan that died by drowning. Villagers raced out onto river in Dragon Boats to try and save him, and threw the zongzi into the water in hopes that the fish would eat the zongzi rather than Qu Yuan.
We are taking you to Tainan for the celebrations, and you’ll see that even restaurants and stalls are serving zongzi for the holiday! We will be walking you through what is used to make zongzi, how they are cooked, and then we will be visiting two restaurants – one that is the oldest zongzi restaurant, and the most popular zongzi restaurant, to try their specialities. We also witnessed some traditional dances and song on the side of the road!
The 8 Treasure Dumpling was made with mushrooms, chestnuts, fish, pork, scallops, sakura shrimp and rice (100 NTD / USD 3.39). The regular dumpling contained tender pork and was covered in gravy (40 NTD / USD 1.35), and the peanut zongzi is a great vegetarian option with soft peanuts, gravy and peanut powder (35 NTD / USD 1.18).
After eating, we went to Anping Canal in Tainan to watch the Dragon Boat races. The boats are very long and decorated with beautiful paintings and ornaments. The races are exhilarating and the crowds cheer for their favourite teams. At the festival, we also saw tons of street food stalls selling traditional Taiwanese street foods. A food that we could not resist was the Indigenous BBQ. The grill is HUGE and is swinging/rotating like a pendulum over wood fire. The stall was serving Wild Boar pork belly and sausage. We ordered pork belly which was seasoned in Taiwanese spices (100 NTD / USD 3.39). What a great way to end a day of celebrating!!!

Location Info:
Yongle Market
No. 123號, Section 3, Guohua St, West Central District, Tainan
Yamuliao Market
No. 148號, Chenggong Rd, North District, Tainan
No. 87, Section 3, Guohua St, West Central District, Tainan
Oldest Zongzi: 再發號百年肉粽
No. 71號, Section 2, Minquan Road, West Central District, Tainan
Popular Zongzi: 劉家粽子專賣店
No. 439號, Section 2, Ximen Road, West Central District, Tainan

Although international crowds were not able to attend the Dragon Boat Festival this year in Taiwan, we hope that you get to enjoy all of the celebrations, the races and the delicious zongzi next year in Taiwan! Thanks so much for watching!
We’re Luke Martin and Sabrina Davidson, food lovers and world travellers! We make videos about local, authentic and unique foods from across the globe. We particularly like to sample street food across Asia. We are based in Taiwan where we frequent the best Taiwanese street food stops and create travel content to make finding food in Taiwan easier for YOU! Although we are based in Taiwan we travel the majority of the year around the world in search of the best food. We’ve filmed in Japan, The Philippines, Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Indonesia, India, Turkey, Lebanon, Palestine, The Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Greece, Sri Lanka, Canada and the list is still growing! Our mission is to create content that is entertaining, informative, honest and fun! We love what we do and we are always grateful for your support! Thank you and see you on the next episode!
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