TAIPEI (Taiwan News)--As the Dragon Boat Festival is drawing near, sales of the leaf-wrapped sticky rice dumplings (zongzi in Mandarin) sell like hot cakes, but how long should they be steamed before they can be enjoyed?
Su Hsiu-yueh (
As for the calorie content of rice dumplings, Su said there are 400-450 calories in 120-150 grams of rice dumpling, and 600-800 calories in a 250-gram rice dumpling.
Rice dumplings containing such healthy ingredients as raw cereals, pumpkin and turmeric powder are good choices, she said. As most rice dumplings contain pork, it is better to ask whether the pork used is lean meat or fatty meat before buying to avoid eating too much animal fat, she added.
Regarding how rice dumplings should be stored and steamed before serving, Su said rice dumplings, which consist of many food ingredients, are easy to go rancid if not stored properly. If rice dumplings can be consumed within two or three days, they can be stored in the refrigerator bottom, she said, adding that frozen rice dumplings should be eaten within one month. If black spots appear on the bamboo leaves that wrap the rice dumplings, it could mean the dumplings might have turned moldy and the consumption of them is not recommended, she said.
She said frozen rice dumpling should be defrosted before being steamed to avoid having diarrhea from insufficient heating.
Su advised against steaming too many rice dumplings at one time because reheating leftovers might increase the speed of food corruption.