Bamboo shoot sticky rice cake

( chinadaily.com.cn )

Updated: 2011-04-11

The Hakka bamboo shoot sticky rice cake is a local snack bearing the most profound central Chinese food cultures. The Northern Chinese are used to eating dumplings as part of the Spring Festival celebrations because they symbolize good luck for the New Year, but Hakka ancestors, who originate from central China, brought this tradition with them when they migrated to the south.

For the Spring Festival and other festivals, they too would prepare their "dumplings." However, as no wheat is produced in the south, they were forced to look around to find other substitutes for the flour they had previously used to make them. The Hakka people turned to the locally grown potatoes and potato roots to create starch for dough, and they used locally produced bamboo shoots, mushrooms and meat to fill their "dumplings". From this time on, the bamboo shoot sticky rice cake has become a renowned Hakka snack.

Bamboo shoot sticky rice cake