The Tet holiday is not just a single day of a new year celebration but includes weeks of preparation và days thereafter reserved for visiting family and friends lớn wish them well in the new year. For children this is a great time of the year because a simple new years greeting khổng lồ an older relative would result in a shiny red envelope of “li xi” filled with lucky new years money.

The final dish of our Tet menu series is banh chung, a sticky rice cake traditionally filled with mung beans and slices of fatty pork belly. The square banh thông thường symbolizes the earth (since the old conception of the earth was flat) và all the good things that come from it. For the complete story of banh chung & banh day see this post. Banh phổ biến is an indispensable thành tựu during tet khổng lồ be eatened by all as well as khổng lồ place in front of ancestral alters. It’s eaten with dua mon which are daikon, green papaya, chile peppers, carrots, và leeks pickled with fish sauce. Several varieties of banh chung exist including vegetarian version và sweet mung bean filling version. Another variation of banh bình thường is banh tet which is shaped in sausage. This banh bình thường was made by my mom back in Michigan and brought over lớn us. Our favorite way to enjoy banh bình thường or banh tet is to pan fry it until the outside sticky rice is crispy & golden brown and the inside is still soft.

We been swamped lately with family matters & have been too busy khổng lồ post, but over the last several weeks, we’ve been preparing traditional Tet foods..enjoy our virtual feast!


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Since the week following Tet is the time lớn visit family and friends khổng lồ wish them well, we would lượt thích to wish all of our readers:
Sống lâu trăm tuổi (long life), sức khoẻ dồi dào( good health), vạn sự như ý(all your wishes come true)!