Celebrate Dragonboat Festival!

The Dragonboat Festival arrives on Thursday June 22nd this year! Indulge in a variety of Zongzi flavors, from the classic combination of pork and salted egg to vegetarian options filled with mushrooms, peanuts, and beans.

Order now and have our handmade Zongzi from 46 Mott delivered to your doorstep!

46 Mott's Handmade Zongzi

We've partnered with New York Chinatown's 46 Mott to bring you handmade Zongzi this Dragonboat festival!

Founder Tony Chen opened 46 Mott to share the rich food culture from his hometown of Guangzhou, China. 46 Mott uses high quality ingredients and are always freshly made in-house, with no preservatives added.

What are Zongzi?

Zongzi (粽子) are glutinous rice dumplings stuffed with a delicious filling, wrapped in bamboo leaves for steaming and cooking. The bamboo leaves impart a distinct aroma and flavor to the rice, making it savory and fragrant.

Zongzi come in savory & sweet and meat & vegetarian varieties. The fillings of zongzi can vary depending on regional preferences, but some common ingredients include marinated pork, salted duck egg yolk, beans, peanuts, chestnuts, and mushrooms.

Zongzi can be enjoyed hot or cold and are often unwrapped before eating. While they are a distinct treat for the Dragon Boat Festival, they are also enjoyed throughout the year in many Chinese communities.
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Origins of the Dragonboat Festival

The Dragonboat Festival is celebrated to commemorate the death of Qu Yuan, who was accused of conspiracy charges in Ancient China. In great dispair, Qu Yuan committed suicide by drowning himself in the Miluo River on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month - the day for the Dragonboat festival each year.

Locals who admired Qu Yuan rowed out in their boats to try to save him, to no avail. The fishermen tried to preserve his body by paddling their boats up and down the river, hitting the water with their paddles and beating drums to scare evil spirits away.

They also began threw lumps of sacrificial cooked rice into the river for Qu Yuan, believing that that the rice would keep the fish full and prevent the fish from eating Qu Yuan’s body - hence starting the tradition of enjoying Zongzi.

Today, many celebrate the Dragonboat festival by eating Zongzi, drinking realgar wine, and racing dragon boats. Dragon boat races are held yearly on the day of his death according to the legend.