This year, the Chinese lunar new year of the Ox falls on February 12. To celebrate the new year, Tzu Chi volunteers have been busy making special red bean rice cakes, and radish cakes, at their newly renovated commissary at the Buddhist Tzu Chi Campus (BTCC) in Sta. Mesa.
Both the Tikoy, or rice cake, and radish cakes are made using only natural, carefully selected ingredients, and each cake is hand made by Tzu Chi volunteers in a labour of love. The sweet rice cake is a delicious combination of red bean, rice, and locally sourced Moscovado sugar, while the radish cake is made with fresh radishes and mushrooms, for a delicious savoury treat.
The cakes are steamed in special steaming ovens and once cool are vacuum sealed in special food-safe bags. The cakes are then packed in bamboo containers hand weaved by the indigenous people of Yunnan, China. These environmentally friendly containers are considered a work of art and can be reused or given as a gift.
Aside from being delicious treats for the upcoming Chinese New Year, the cakes will be sold by Tzu Chi volunteers to raise funds for the various Tzu Chi missions and charities here in the Philippines. All the funds will go towards charity beneficiaries, calamity victims, scholarships, livelihood programs, and fire victims.
To order yours, please contact Cat at 0917-7939579, at the Tzu Chi Foundation Philippines today.