Zongzi (Sticky Rice Dumpling) Recipe



– 50 pieces of dried bamboo leaves
– 1 tsp vegetable oil


– 600 grams of glutinous rice
– 2 tsp of sugar
– 2 tsp of dark soy sauce
– 1 tsp of sesame oil
– 1 tsp of salt


– 6 pieces of dried mushroom
– 50 grams of dried scallop
– 80 grams of dried shrimp
– 100 grams of peanuts
– 2 tbsp of vegetable oil
– 1 tbsp of soy sauce
– 1/2 tsp of black pepper
– 1/4 tsp of salt


– 250 grams of chicken thigh
– 1 tbsp of soy sauce
– 2 tsp of cooking wine
– 1 tsp of dark soy sauce
– 1 tsp of five spice
– 1/4 tsp of salt


– 12 salted egg yolks
– Some rope



– Put a tsp of vegetable oil into the water. Boil the dried bamboo leaves for 5 minutes. Soak it in the water overnight. Each zongzi needs 2 pieces of leaves, but you might want to prepare more leaves in case some of them break or are not the right size.
– Cut the chicken into the size you like. Marinate it with 1 tbsp of soy sauce, 2 tsp of cooking wine, 1 tsp of dark soy sauce, 1 tsp of five spice, 1/4 tsp of salt. Let it sit in the fridge overnight.
– Wash the glutinous rice really well. Soak it overnight.
– Soak the dried mushroom, dried shrimp, dried scallop and the peanuts with water overnight.


– Drain everything.
– Cut the mushroom into small pieces. Rip the scallop into small pieces, too.
– Use 2 tbsp of vegetable oil and stir fry the mushroom, shrimp, scallop and peanuts on medium heat for 3 minutes. Add 1/2 tsp of black pepper, 1/4 tsp of salt, 1 tbsp of soy sauce to adjust the taste. Turn off the heat and set it aside.
– Drain the glutinous rice. Add 2 tsp of sugar, 1 tsp of salt, 2 tsp of dark soy sauce, 1 tsp of sesame oil. Mix it well and set it aside.
– Take the bamboo leaves out of the water.
– The ingredients can be switched with anything you like. You can put beef, pork, sausage, bacon. Or other types of nut, like chestnut. Basically, you can make your own filling.


– Tie one side of the ropes somewhere. This is super helpful especially if you are doing this alone. The rope needs to be long enough to tie 5-6 circles. I think 1.2 m is perfect.

– Take 2 bamboo leaves. Wipe the water off. Fluffy side (you can see the stem is very obvious) face down. The front side needs to face up- it feels smooth.
– Put them together- one on top of the other one.
– Fold it from 3/8. Make it into an ice cream cone shape. Make sure there is no hole on the bottom, so the rice won’t drop.
– Put 1 tbsp of glutinous rice in it. Press it down, tightly pack it in.
– Add in some fried fillings we prepared, some chicken.And 1 salted egg yolks.
– Add enough glutinous rice to cover it. Press it again to make sure it is flat and tight.
– Right-hand holds it. Use your thumb and forefinger to press two sides in. Left-hand folds the upper leave down.
– The last part is that you have to wrap it up along the surface and follow the shape of the zongzi.
– Use the rope to tie a few circles from the center.
– The amount I gave is enough to make 12 – 15 zongzi. So we need to finish the rest.
– The water should completely cover the zongzi. Boil the zongzi for 2-3 hours, depending on the size. During this time, add more water if you need it.