From our friend and former intern, Patty Fung:
My grandmother has been making Jung, or Chinese Tamales, in her home in San Francisco’s Sunset District for a long time. It was a recipe passed down by her husband’s mother and I had a chance to learn all about her way of preparing Jung while I was living with her. Jung is made for certain occasions with a history revolving around the death of a famous Chinese poet and patriot named Qu Yuan. It can now be found daily around Chinese eateries in the Bay Area or made with age-old recipes in home kitchens like my grandmother’s.