The Chinese festival of Ching-Ming is when people pay their respects to deceased relatives. On these auspicious days, it was customary to be vegetarian. I recall being taken by my grandmother on one occasion to visit the grave of my great-grandfather. I was daunted by the prospect. We paid our respects and burned incense and said our prayers and I remember taking hold of my grandmother’s hand because she looked so sad. She took me in her lap and we sat on a bench and ate her homemade Tzai Bao, which are these little buns. It was cold but comforting.
If you have the time, this recipe is very therapeutic and a joy to make. Great for a family occasion or as an afternoon treat.
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