Almost all Chinese festivals are linked to foods. Zongzi (sticky rice dumplings), is the special treat for Dragon Boat Festival, which falls on June 20th this year. Zongzi has varied shapes, fillings and tastes, although they share the same name and are mostly made of glutinous or sticky rice. In Guangdong province, people in different cities have different tradition of making zongzi.
Guozheng Zong (literally wrapped and steamed zongzi) in Zhaoqing is regarded as the most famous Cantonese zongzi. Guozheng Zong has a distinctive large size. Each zongzi weighs about 500 grams. Wrapped in banana leaves, they are most commonly salty and stuffed with glutinous rice, mung beans and pork. People would steam them in a big pot over high heat for approximately 7 or 8 hours, which gives them a soft taste and fragrant flavor.
This kind of zongzi is also common in Guangzhou and other cities in Pearl River Delta, but with a smaller size.