Life in Vietnam

Monday, 12/02/2018 16:00

Secrets of a tasty Tet treat

Banh chung (glutinous square cake) is a traditional dish never absent from the Vietnamese New Year celebration.

This customary dish is exchanged within and among families and placed before ancestral altars for worship.

The cake is made from inexpensive and common ingredients in Viet Nam – rice, mung bean and pork, all cleverly wrapped in dong leaves.

Though one can acquire this snack at any time of year, it is most importantly eaten around Tet (Vietnamese New Year).

It stays good for lengthy periods, and it can be heated in a pan with oil if it has been sitting for a long time.

Banh chung symbolises bounty of the earth, the simplicity and deep appreciation of the descendents for heaven and their ancestors. VNS

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