Eat Your Way to the Finish Line
Falling on the fifth day of the fifth month each year of the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duanwu Jie (端午节), is one of great historical significance. Held annually for over 2,000 years, the festival commemorates the life and death of the famous Chinese scholar, Qu Yuan, who drowned himself by attaching a heavy stone to his chest and jumping into the Miluo River.The Dragon Boat Festival is a celebration for eating rice dumplings (zongzi), drinking realgar wine (xionghuangjiu), and racing dragon boats 40 to 100 feet in length with 30 to 60 paddlers. If you're based in NYC, make sure to mark your calendar for the first weekend of August for the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Here are our picks to fill your bellies after the races:
Before you head to the races, grab the traditional snack, zongzi, at one of the many street stalls on Main Street in Flushing. Steamed glutinous rice is wrapped in corn leaves and comes with a variety of fillings including eggs, beans, dates, fruits, walnuts, and meat.
Post-race, head to Spring Shabu Shabu with family and friends to re-energize with an extensive shabu shabu buffet. With traditional and nontraditional broth options and a vast array of fresh vegetables, meats, dumplings, and noodles, you won't even know where to begin. Pro tip: As you remove each piece of meat or vegetable from the broth, dip it in its appropriate sauce and then put the item on your rice so it can absorb all of the delicious broth juices - yum!
If you have room for dessert, don't forget to visit Mango Mango Desserts on Roosevelt Avenue for a refreshing Mango Slush-O. With just the right levels of mango, coconut flavor, and sweet milk, this drinks is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings without going overboard. If you're in the mood for something not as sweet, make a pit stop at Vivi Bubble Tea for some quick bubble tea to-go - our favorite is the taro bubble tea!