Zongzi is the exclamation mark on a historic festival, whose origin dates back to an ancient Chinese cooking technique, "wrapping and steaming." This culinary holiday centerpiece was said to be part of a dragon worship ritual; in another legend, this iconic, filling treat is linked with the dramatic drowning patriotic poet Qu Yuan over the fall of his country to an ambitious neighboring state.

Taiwanese zongzi's, flavored with innovative touches, are decidedly a cut above than the Chinese or southeast Asian varieties. These decadent treats promise to give the pickiest food critic a run for their money. A scrumptious piece of paradise of sticky rice, mushroom, peanuts, egg yolk, and sauteed pork is wrapped up with dried bamboo or reed leaves. The taste is so awesome that it should be outlawed!

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