Dragon Boat Festival: Sticky Rice Dumplings Recipe

Sticky rice dumplings are the traditional and significant food to make and celebrate the dragon boat festival. This recipe shares the steps to make sticky rice dumplings at home.
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Sticky Rice Dumpling

Prep Time: 3 hours
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 6 hours
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 16 Small dumplings



  • 1 kg Sticky Rice (glutinous rice)  
  • 350 g Pork belly
  • 5 cloves Garlic lightly chopped
  • 10 Each Mushroom 
  • 8 Each Dried scallops 
  • 6 Each Salted duck egg yolks halved 

Seasoning for pork belly

  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 Pinch Pepper

Seasoning for mushroom

  • 1/2 tsp Salt

For cooking  glutinous rice

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Oil

For soak leaves and cook dumplings

  • Water As needed

For wrap dumplings

  • 50 Each Leaves Can prepare extra if worry it breaks during wrapping dumplings
  • 1 bunch String


Cooking method:

  • Soak bamboo leaves one day ahead or overnight until they are softened. If you are running out of time, at least 3 hours. Rinse with water and wipe bamboo leaves on both sides to make sure they are clean.
  • Carefully put the leaves into a large pot or a container to soak and cover them with cold water. Be careful not to break the leaves.
  • Cut the pork belly into chunks. Mix with seasoning, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
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  • Heat up the wok, and sauté the pork belly until aromatic. Set aside.
  • Saute mushroom and dried scallop together. Add in pork belly and stir. Set aside.
  • Heat up the wok, add oil, and saute rice in few minutes.
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Wrap dumplings method:

  • Take two leaves, the smooth side would face up, layer them together to form a triangle cone. 
  • Add the fillings in this order: 1 spoon of rice, 1 spoon of pork belly with mushroom, and dried scallop.
  • Add a halved salted duck egg yolk, and top with 1 spoon of rice.
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  • Take one more leaf and wrap it around the edge of the triangle cone so the edge is wider.
  • Fold both sides of the leaf to the middle, then take the top part of the leaves and fold down.
  • Use strings to wrap the dumpling tightly.
  • Prepare a large pot, and heat up water. You can also use bamboo steamers as well.  Repeat steps above to finish wrapping all the dumplings, till there is any filling left.
  • Add in steamer rack to the large pot, place dumplings on top, and cover.
  • Cook the dumpling with medium to high heat for 2-3 hours. 3 hours recommended.
  • Let the dumplings cool down.
  • Enjoy and can serve with sauce if needed.
  • Prepare more bamboo leaves just in case if some might break while wrapping.
  • Also can soak bamboo leaves in boiling water. 
  • If it breaks when you wrap the dumpling, you can hold the cone with one hand and add another leaf to wrap around it. 
  • Cook dumplings in batches if your pot or steamer is small.  might break apart while wrapping. 

Recommendation of ingredients:

  • Dried shrimp
  • Green been 
  • Lotus 
  • Chestnut, peanut
  • Lotus seed

Sweet dumpling filling:

  • Red bean 
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