The annual Dragon Boat Festival, held this year on June 3, 2022 is a public holiday in China with a history of more than 2,000 years. Several legends describe the origin of the festival. The most popular one commemorates the life and death of the famous poet and politician Qu Yuan and his patriotic love of country.
The poet Qu Yuan (340–278 BC) was a loyal official of the state of Chu during the Warring States Period. Qu Yuan, born in a ruling family, was the number one advisor of the Kingdom of Chu. He dedicated his life work to assist the King in order to build the strength of Chu. In his administrative duties, he advised the King to ally with the State of Qi (one of the seven warring states: Qi, Chu, Yan, Han, Zhao, Wei, and Qin) in order to fight against the most powerful State of Qin. However, he was slandered by jealous officials and accused of treason. The King dismissed and exiled him. During his exile, Qu Yuan wrote a great deal of enduring poems expressing love and passion for his country, some of which are still famous in China.
In 278 BC, the Qin State conquered the capital of Chu. Upon hearing of the defeat, Qu Yuan in great despair drown himself in the Miluo River on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month. When they heard of Qu Yuan's death, the local people were very sad and rowed out on the river to search for his body, but they were unable to find him. To protect Qu Yan’s spirit, the locals paddled their boats up and down the river, hitting the water with their paddles and beating drums to scare away evil spirits. They threw lumps of rice into the river to feed the fish, so that they would not eat Qu Yuan's body.
An old Chinese doctor poured realgar wine into the river to poison the monsters and to protect Qu Yuan. Realgar wine (Xionghuang wine) consisted of huangjiu ("yellow wine") dosed with powdered realgar, a yellow-orange arsenic sulfide mineral (As4S4).
Since then, people throughout China have followed similar practices to commemorate Qu Yuan. Gradually, rowing boats developed into dragon boat racing which attracts athletes from around the world. The lumps of rice became sticky rice dumplings (zongzi) traditionally eaten during the festival, and fine wines are now enjoyed in commemoration of the great patriot Qu Yuan.
Wing Hop Fung Celebrates Dragon Boat Festival with a wide selection of treasures from the sea and fine wines and liquors to suit your tastes.
Flavorful and nutritious: Dried scallops are mild and salty for concentrated taste for a high protein, low fat diet. Dried scallop has a longer shelf life than fresh seafood and is more cost-effective. Wet-pack scallops are often soaked in a phosphate solution which makes them white and heavier, so you end up paying much more per pound for water that drains out of the scallops as you cook them.
Dried scallops (Yuanbei) are mild and salty
- They enrich our blood
- Improve the health of digestive organs
- It has 2-3 times more protein than chicken, beef or shrimp.
- Pure dried scallops and natural without additives
- Retains the antioxidants and omega-3 benefits of fresh fish
- The saturated fat content is also much less.
- Used in congees, soups, sauces, soup stock
- Rich, savory flavor
Dried scallops (Yuanbei) are washed with fresh water, rinsed and soaked in hot water for about 1 hour (depending on the size). The soaking water can be used for cooking. ..
Store unused dried scallops in the refrigerator or in the freezer for up to one year.
Give your friends and family a refreshing treat with light,
delicious sea foods. A super nutritious choice!
This gift box contains:
- Day white flower shiitake mushrooms
- Japanese deep sea scallops
- Canned Emperor brand abalone
The ingredients can be enjoyed separately or combined to make a tasty soup or stir fry.
White flower shiitake mushrooms have many medicinal effects, including,
- Fight Obesity ·
- Support Immune Function ·
- Destroy Cancer Cells ·
- Support Cardiovascular Health
- Contain antimicrobial properties
- Boost Energy and Brain Function
Shiitake mushrooms are a great source of B vitamins, which help support adrenal function and turn nutrients from food into useable energy. They also help balance hormones naturally and break through the brain fog to maintain focus all day long — even improving cognitive performance.
Dried scallop is mild and salty; it replenishes blood and improves spleen. In every 100 grams of dried scallop, there are 65.7 grams of protein, which is 2-3 times that in the chicken, beef or shrimp. Rinse them and soak them in warm water for 15 minutes to rehydrate them and use the soaking water in cooking.
Juicy, light and slightly sweet abalone is a sea snail, a treasured delicacy in Asia. They possess anti-cancer properties and boost the immune system due to their antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects. They contain essential fatty acids, calcium, iron, selenium, magnesium and are a rich source of vitamins E, A, K and B12. Canned sea snail is the way it is commonly used for convenience. The flesh is soft and the sauce is delicious.
Sourced in the cold clean waters of Australia: Abalone is a yin nourishing food which means it supports the health of internal organs. It moisturizes lungs, which improves breathing and complexion. It clears inflammation and nourishes the liver and improves eyesight. Long-term consumption has been shown to help prevent cancer.
The most recent research has found abalone provides a good source of:
- Iron essential for building red blood cells
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin A, C, E, vitamin B1, B3, B6
- Magnesium, Calcium
Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of polyunsaturated fat that can not be produced by our body. It is important as essential fatty acids that assist in the development of the brain and memory, help prevent heart disease and reduce the risk of high blood pressure. Chinese cooks add canned snails to soups and stir fries along with pork, dried scallops, mushrooms, chicken or goose meat or prepared sea cucumber. Do not overcook abalone. They will be tender and delicious
Enjoy a fine sparkling wine from France or California. Find them and more at: https://winghopfung.com/search?q=sparkling+wine
Bouvet Signature Brut from France is produced from a blend of Chenin Blanc and a smaller percentage of Chardonnay grapes grown in the chalky limestone "tuffeau" soils characteristic of the Saumur appellation.
Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut NV Champagne from Franc. There's a pleasing, snappy quality to the acidity framing this elegant Champagne, enlivening accessible flavors of currant, Marcona almond and orchard blossom, with a minerally touch of saline-laced oyster shell that lingers on the finish.
Hattingley Classic Reserve Traditional Method Brut from England:
This is one of the most important wines made at Hattingley. It is the most widely available and arguably one of the most loved. While many people will assume that a ‘vintage’ wine is automatically better (often not the case!) Being able to blend the wines from different grape varieties, different vineyards, barrels and tanks to try and maintain a consistent style is one of the toughest jobs that the winemaking team have to do. This is Hattingly’s all-rounder, our crowd pleaser and a wine that is very easy for all to love!
Although the legendary origins of the Dragon Boat Festival vary regionally, they all involve some of the most important traditions in Chinese culture, including virtue, spirit, loyalty, honor, and love. No less important are fun, family, health, wellness and good tasting foods and wines.