Bak chang (zongzi / savoury rice dumplings)

Main Dish
8 servings
1 hour
2 hours
glutinous rice, mushrooms, dried shrimp, dried chestnuts, etc.


Number of serving: 8
Recipe adapted from Table for 2... or More with changes


1 kg pork belly, cut into bite size

50 pcs dried chestnuts (size uneven), soak and boil for 15 mins, remove membrane bits in slits

20 salted duck eggs (some of my dumplings are without salted duck egg yolk), clean egg shells, separate egg yolks from whites

Dried shitake mushrooms, soak in water to soften

2 bulbs of garlic, finely chop

100g dried shrimp, soak in water for 15 mins

1 kg glutinous rice, soak in water overnight, drain rice



  • Marinated pork belly:
    1. Add 2 tbsp sugar, 2 tbsp dark soy sauce, 2 tbsp light soy sauce, 2 tbsp five spice powder. Mix well and marinate overnight in fridge.

    1. To prepare filling: heat oil in wok, stir fry marinated pork for 5 mins, add mushrooms and dried chestnuts. Add some water and let it simmer for another 10 mins. Set aside.

    2. To prepare glutinous rice: add 200ml oil into the wok used in (1). Add garlic and dried shrimp, stir-fry until fragrant. Add glutinous rice, mix well. Sufficiant oil added will ensure the rice wouldn't stick on the bamboo leave later. Add 4 tbsp light soy sauce and 2 tbsp dark soy sauce.

    3. To assemble: Overlap two pieces of bamboo leaves, make a cone shape and press in a spoonful of rice, top with filling and cover with rice again. wrap up the rice dumplings and tie with grass strands.

    4. To Boil: Prepare a big pot of water, heat up the water until boiling, lower down the rice dumplings, boil for at least 1.5 hours. Take out the rice dumplings while it is still hot, air dry it by hanging it up.


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