The Rice Dumpling or Zhong Festival falls on 20 June this year and Shang Palace at the Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur is celebrating it with four varieties of rice dumplings. Shang Palace Chinese Executive Chef Tan Kim Weng has put his personal touch on these delicious hand-made rice dumplings which are pork-free.

The four varieties are: Cantonese red and white glutinous rice dumpling with abalone and supreme spicy sauce, Hong Kong rice dumpling with dried scallop and assorted nuts, Nyonya rice dumpling with spiced dried shrimps and Sweetened rice dumpling with kidney beans and chestnut.
These rice dumplings will be available for takeaway or dine-in from 28 May to 20 June. For more information, call (03) 2074 3904 or email [email protected] or visit our site at www.shangri-la-specials.com.

Every year the Rice Dumpling Festival is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar to honour Qu Yuan, a famous scholar-poet in ancient China who lived from 340-278 BC. Qu Yuan was also minister in his home state of Chu. He had advocated reforms but the Emperor would not listen to his advice.
In 278 B.C., when Qu Yuan heard that his home state had been invaded, he jumped into the river and drowned. The people rushed to the river to rescue their beloved minister. Too late to save Qu Yuan, according to the legend, they threw steamed rice wrapped in reed leaf into the river to feed Qu Yuan in the afterlife and to keep the fish from consuming his body.

About Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts 
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and/or manages 90 hotels under the Shangri-La brand with a room inventory of over 37,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in mainland China, Cambodia, India, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar and Sri Lanka. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at HYPERLINK "http://www.shangri-la.com" www.shangri-la.com

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