When we spent two months in Okinawa Japan last winter, we found a small Taiwanese restaurant in the city of Naha.
They served simple yet tasty vegan breakfast buffet, but locals all knew that their zongzi was what you have to get if you visit this small restaurant.
Apparently, they sell out often, and we were lucky to be able to buy a couple when we went there for breakfast.
We brought them home (our airbnb) and tried them for lunch that day, and they were absolutely delicious!
I’ve never thought of making zongzi at home, but my craving was so strong that I decided to give it a try.
I found these bamboo leaves online.
I did some research, and this seemed like the best quality I could get in the U.S.
I looked for Japanese sweet rice (just because I’m familiar with it), but I could only find this Thai one.
It worked just fine.
Zongzi typically contains pork, but mine was of course made meatless.
Instead, you’ll find lots of veggies, mushrooms, and chestnuts in mine.
My craving was completely satisfied!