Mousse Ice-cream Crystal Zongzi

Some good friends brought us a gift of ice-cream zongzi yesterday.

Ice-cream zongzi

I like the concept of eating ice-cream on the Dragon Boat Festival; the weather is so hot and sticky today that it is nice to eat something frozen.  And these Mousse Ice-Crystal Dumplings look really cool: each ice-cream parcel is individually wrapped in bamboo leaves and tyed up with twine as if it really was a zongzi parcel. 

The package

But we found the bamboo leaves hard to remove.  The center of each zongzi was filled with taro and vanilla ice-cream, which was yummy but a little hard.  And surrounding the ice-cream was a kind of clear jelly that I can’t quite work out … maybe something using agar agar?  It was an interesting way of eating zongzi, but on balance I found it a bit fiddly to eat.  But maybe I should try another one … 

The centre of the zongzi are filled with swirled vanilla and taro ice-cream

Has anyone else eaten any unusual zongzi recently?

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‘Taiwanxifu’ (pronounced ‘shee foo’) means ‘Taiwan daughter-in-law’ in Chinese and has been my nickname ever since I married my Taiwanese husband, Sam. I love sampling Taiwanese food, even local specialties such as stinky tofu, pigs blood cake and Taipei beef noodle soup with offal. But there are many other options on the menu. Promise!
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