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Chinese ZongZi - Rice Wrapped in Bamboo Leaves

consterj Jun 6, 2008 03:22 PM

Does anyone know where I can buy these in Manhattan to bring home? When I was in LA, some bakeries and Chinese beef jerky places would sell it, but I have no idea where to find it here. I like the ones with the soy sauce and pork inside (Shanghai style). Please help as I am having a major craving!

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  1. DarthEater RE: consterj Jun 6, 2008 04:19 PM

    I have never tried it but Shanghai Cafe on Mott sells it.

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    1. re: DarthEater
      KTinNYC RE: DarthEater Jun 8, 2008 05:11 AM

      I've tried it at Shanghai Cafe and found it really lacking when compared to the May May version.

    2. Miss Needle RE: consterj Jun 6, 2008 06:46 PM

      The best ones were at May May bakery that closed down last year. But there's a lady on Grand Street between Mott and Elizabeth that sells them for a dollar each. She's a plump, middle-aged Chinese woman who's pretty friendly.

      1. Sarah RE: consterj Jun 7, 2008 10:07 AM

        How to pronounce zongzi? aka joong?

        1. designerboy01 RE: consterj Jun 8, 2008 12:37 AM

          Almost every Dim Sum Palor has it. They usually have one with chicken inside (Lo Mai Gai) band the Guo Jing Zhong which has pork fat, mushroom, mung beans (texture), the rice(of course), pork, and anything goes after that. I prefer the latter and going to get mine later. They also sell it at some Tofu shops like the one on Grand Street and Bowery (Northeast Corner). You should be seeing them being sold around CTowns today.

          1. cmballa RE: consterj Jun 8, 2008 07:11 PM

            There are several carts selling these in Chinatown, but they all tend to be very bland.

            Soy sauce required ?

            1. asianbun RE: consterj Jun 8, 2008 08:30 PM

              stick with LA. i found that there are none here that are actually good. they are all bland like another poster said, and skimpy on the filling. cheap -and not in a good way.

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              1. re: asianbun
                designerboy01 RE: asianbun Jun 10, 2008 05:44 PM

                Guo Jing Zhong (Cantonese) is the most luxurious. Its wrapped in lotus leaf instead of bamboo leaf.

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