Happy Dragon Boat Festival!
28.2023 Jun

Happy Dragon Boat Festival to you - Greeting from Oriental City Amsterdam

The Dragon Boat Festival is called Duanwu Jie (端午節) in Chinese. Duan (端) means ‘start’, Wu (午) means ‘noon’, but also ‘the fifth solar month’ in the traditional Chinese calendar, centered around the summer solstice. ‘The month of noon’ marks the middle of summer. Hence, the Dragon Boat Festival also means the beginning summer season!

Gathering with family to eat rice dumplings - 粽子ZongZi during the Dragon Boat Festival is a wonderful tradition. ZongZi is made of glutinous rice filled with sweet or salted staff. In Cantonese tradition, people prefer to make salted ZongZi with salted egg yolk and roasted meats. They are wrapped in triangle or rectangle shapes within bamboo or reed leaves and tied with soaked stalks. 

Besides the tradition of eating ZongZi, in some areas of China, people will have dragon boat competitions. The sport of dragon boat racing has its roots in an ancient folk ritual of contending villagers, which dates back 2000 years throughout southern China. 


Located in the most lively and bustling heart of Amsterdam, Oriental City Amsterdam is a high-quality Cantonese restaurant with a profound cultural heritage and innovative expressions. We specialize in Dim Sum, seafood, roasted meats (siu mei), and Cantonese food. Under the value of 'Taste, Gathering, Heritage', it is a pleasant journey to enjoy the most authentic Cantonese Cuisine at Oriental City.

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Location: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 177-179, 1012 EV, Amsterdam


Opening Hours

Dimsum Lunch 11:30-17:00 | Dimsum Dinner 17:00-20:00

Monday 11:30-22:00

Tuesday 11:30-22:00

Wednesday 11:30-22:00

Thursday 11:30-22:00

Friday 11:30-22:30

Saturday 11:30-22:30

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