Rice cakes, braised pork and other Tet specialties

11:23 | 29/01/2017 Culture & Art

(VEN) - The Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday offers an opportunity to discover traditional Vietnamese culture and customs. The week-long celebration also provides a chance for all Vietnamese to relax, see family and friends, put their worries aside and pray for a brighter future.  

rice cakes braised pork and other tet specialties

The Hmong people make banh day from a special kind of glutinous rice they grow

rice cakes braised pork and other tet specialties

Vietnamese food for Tet is made of simple ingredients

Tet is also a culinary festival, with special foods prepared for family and friends, as well as for worship offerings to express their respect and gratitude to their ancestors.

Every area and every ethnic group has its own unique food for Tet. The Kinh people have banh chung (square glutinous rice cakes), frozen meat, pickled onions, and pig trotters stewed with dried bamboo shoots (in the north), banh tet (cylindrical glutinous rice cakes), braised pork, pickled scallion heads, and bitter melon soup (in the south), in addition to pork and beef pies, fried meat rolls, steam glutinous rice, and boiled chicken.

rice cakes braised pork and other tet specialties
Apart from meat and ruou can wine, Central Highlands people also prepare com lam rice for Tet
rice cakes braised pork and other tet specialties
The Ta Oi and Co Tu people make banh sung trau (croissants)

Apart from meat, wine, and steamed bread made of corn flour, the Hmong people also make dumplings from glutinous rice they grow, called banh day. For the Thai people, fish is the most popular kind of food, not only for Tet, because people from this ethnic group mostly live in areas alongside rivers and streams and are very good at fishing and aquaculture. For the Tay people, roast pork is a traditional choice.

rice cakes braised pork and other tet specialties
rice cakes braised pork and other tet specialties
Banh gung (ginger bread) is a traditional Tet food of the Cham and Khmer peop

Ethnic groups in Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) eat the same kinds of food for Tet and other festive occasions, with roast meat, ruou can (wine drunk out of a jar through pipes), and com lam (rice cooked in bamboo tubes). In addition to wine and meat, the Co Tu and Ta Oi people also have croissants (cakes made of glutinous rice) for Tet. For the Cham and Khmer people, ginger bread is a traditional Tet food, made by mixing glutinous rice powder, sugar, chicken egg, and yeast.

All these festive foods have one thing in common: they are made from homegrown, domestic produce.

Khanh Ngoc