These sweet or savory sticky-rice bundles—basically an Asian version of tamales— are often eaten during the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival, which takes places near the summer solstice. Here, we stuff ours with a simple filling of red bean paste flavored with lemon and ginger. Both the rice and dried bamboo leaves need to soak overnight, so plan accordingly. Slideshow: More Sticky Rice Recipes
Sticky rice (a.k.a glutinous rice), dried bamboo leaves, red bean paste and toasted sesame oil—can be purchased at Asian markets and amazon.com.