Gum Wah - Joong (sticky rice tamales) [Oakland]
- Cindy May 16, 2013 12:21 PM
Okay, not sure if I spelt it correctly, but it's the savory tamale in a pyramid like shape, wrapped in leaves?
Got one at Gum Wah for $2. The lady asked me if I wanted peanuts, I said yes, so there may be non-peanut options?
Didn't get a chance to eat it till the next day, but steamed in the microwave for a few minutes and to me, it's pretty good. Not enough duck egg to pass my dad's scrutiny (about 1/4) but the pork is moist and there are a few pieces of pork fat scattered throughout to keep it flavorful.
Gum Wah Restaurant
345 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607
The reason the lady asked you whether you wanted peanuts is that there are two options for the savory type Joong. One option comes with peanuts, the other option comes with mung beans. I personally like the mung beans option better. It has a creamier texture which goes well with the sticky rice.
Well depending where you folks came from in old Canton you either made it with mung beans or peanuts. Other parts of China had there own ingredients.
I like the mung bean and my wife like peanuts so we had both in our home made ones. It is coming up to Dragon boat time so there will be more to buy out there as well has home made from family.