May 14, 2017

Traditional Rice Dumplings at the Marriott

The Chinese celebrate Duan Wu Jie 端午节, also known as, Dragon Boat Festival every year on the 5th day of the 5th month in the Chinese calendar. Like other festivals across other races, food sometimes bear strong significance to special day – in this case, the Rice Dumplings.

One popular story was that of a well-loved minister, Qu Yuan, who was cast out and exiled, then lived as a poet. When the country was overthrown, he threw himself into the river out of grief. The villagers raced out on boats in an attempt to save him but were unsuccessful in finding him. As a last resort, they threw balls of rice so that fishes would not eat his body.

For thousands of years, it was customary to eat rice dumplings every year. Eventually, these balls of rice became Rice Dumplings we know and love today.

Marriott - Traditional Rice Dumpling with Salted Egg

Traditional Rice Dumpling with Salted Egg

A simple dumpling consists of glutinous rice, often with pork filling, then wrapped in bamboo leaves. It is then steamed or boiled for long hours before consumption. Originally rather plain, these dumplings are now easily available with more variations and creative flavours.  This year, diners may find some long-awaited satisfaction from any of the three authentic flavours by the chefs at Wan Hao Chinese restaurant.

Marriott - Traditional Rice Dumpling with Shrimp Sambal

Traditional Rice Dumpling with Shrimp Sambal

Traditional Glutinous Rice Dumpling with Salted Egg
猪肉咸蛋粽子

Glutinous Rice, Pork Belly, Black Beans, Mushrooms, Chestnuts, Salted Egg Yolk
1 pc at $8 nett, Premium box of 10 pcs at $98 nett

Glutinous Rice Dumpling with Shrimp Sambal
叄巴猪肉粽子

Glutinous Rice, Pork Belly, Coconut Juice, Dried Shrimp, Chilli
1 pc at $8 nett, Premium box of 10 pcs at $98 nett

Multi-Grain Rice Dumpling (Vegetarian)
五谷素粽子

Multi-grain Rice, Carrots, Black Fungus, Vegetarian Bak Kwa, Turnip, Braised Peanuts, Cabbage
1 pc at $5 nett, Premium box of 10 pcs at $78 nett


Please note that the chefs at Singapore Marriott Hotel do not use MSG or preservatives in the food.

The traditional Rice Dumplings are available for sale from 19 May – 3 June 2014 at Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant on level 3, or Java+ deli on the ground level.

For inquiries, please call 6831 4605 during office hours.