Banh Chung – Traditional cake of Vietnamese New Year

Banh Chung, Vietnam

Almost synonymous to Tet (The Lunar New Year), banh chung (Chung cake) is the most prominent culinary icons in Vietnam. In the ancient conception, the Earth is square, hence Chung cake’s shape is square, too, to reflect the Earth shape. Besides, it emphasizes the important role of rice and nature in water rice culture. Chung cake is the only cake which has the ancient history in Vietnamese traditional gastronomic reminded by chronicle. Through the Chung cakes legend, they were found during the Hung Empire, about four thousand years ago, when Prince Lang Lieu submitted them to the Emperor, he was praised. At least, each family has to prepare a couple of rice cakes. Travel Indochina Vietnam

Banh Chung, Vietnam

Banh Chung, Vietnam

In contrast to the fast food in modern life, the process of making Square cake is time-consuming and requires the contribution of several people. The main ingredients to make Chung cake involves glutinous rice, green bean, fatty pork, black pepper and salt. Preparing the ingredients is very important in order for cakes to preserve for a long time without mustiness. The meat should be marinated with fish sauce and salt. For the Vietnamese, making this cake is the ideal way to express gratitude to their ancestors and homeland. Chung cake is wrapped in square shape, and the wrapping power must be neither tight nor loose. Then the cake will be boiled in about 12 hours by wood. The green has nutrition with an original tasty flavor and may be kept for a long time. Eating this food with soured Chinese shallot (Củ Kiệu) will bring you unforgettable taste! Travel to Vietnam

How to make Banh Chung

How to make Banh Chung

In the traditional conception of Vietnamese people, the process of making Chung cake is the opportunity for family to come together. Sitting around the warm fire, all members in the family tell one another the past stories and are ready for a New Year with wishes of best things. Nowadays, in some big cities, the business lifestyle of modern society prevent people from preparing the cake, however, the habit of worship ancestors with Chung cake never changes. It is the evidence of the Vietnamese loyalty and deep gratitude to ancestors.

Pan fried Banh Chung

Pan fried Banh Chung

Vietnamese Lunar New Year (Tet) will never be complete without this cake. It’s very heavy, very filling, an Atkin dieter’s nightmare, but it taste amazing. Travel to Vietnam to experience the unforgettable feeling.

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