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May 16, 2013 12:21 PM

Gum Wah - Joong (sticky rice tamales) [Oakland]

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
Phone:(510) 834-3103

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: tingr

      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.

      1. re: yimster

        Shopping in SF Chinatown yesterday, the end caps displays at the grocery stores are packed with big bags of glutinous rice and bamboo leaves to get ready for Dragon boat season and zongzi (joong) time.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Well for Lunar May boat season it will be in the Western June. So if you not started with your salted eggs there is still time.