Wednesday, August 30, 2006

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To beat the summer heat, we've been eating a lot of popsicles lately. Shanghai has a wealth of popsicle flavors: vanilla, chocolate, saltwater, red bean, green bean, coffee, mint, watermelon, strawberry... Last month I stumbled on a popsicle that has been my newest favorite flavor:

It's a 粽子-flavored popsicle. 粽子 (zòngzǐ) are traditional Chinese rice dumplings that are wrapped in bamboo leaf pyramids and steamed. My favorite kind of zongzi are the ones with fatty pork and chestnut inside. Luckily, though, this popsicle is based on sweet zongzi: the ingredients include a couple different kinds of rice, sugar, and jujubees (you have to watch out for and spit out the seeds).

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