Zongzi – Ping Shang
Ping Shang Zongzi (Pǐn Xiāng Zòngzi 品香糭子)
Zòngzi is a centuries-old Chinese rice dumpling made from glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo (or other) leaves and either steamed or boiled. While zòngzi can usually be categorized as either savory ot sweet, there are a wide variety of ingredients stuffed into the rice ranging from sweet red bean paste and jujubes to salted pork and mushrooms.
It is traditionally made and eaten during the Dragon Boat Festival. Making it is often a family event, but eating it is enjoyed by everyone during festival times. Starbucks has even started puting out its own zòngzi during the festival.
If you have a hankering for zòngzi outside of festival times, you should try Ping Shang eatery on the corner of Zhangrong and Fulian East Road. That is across from Eslite Bookstore on Tainan’s east side. It’s a simple little joint with a limited menu, but the zòngzi is delicious and you can watch it steaming right in front of you. They offer three or four different kinds of zongzi including ones with meat, mushrooms, or vegetable and peanut. You can get a zòngzi and soup for about NT50.
Ping Shang specializes in zòngzi and can handle large orders. They are open daily from 6:30 am to 8:00 pm.
Location: Corner of Zhangrong and Fulian East Rd, across from the Eslite Bookstore/Starbucks, East District, Tainan City, Taiwan 701