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Chung cake - Vietnamese traditional dish

Chung cake (Banh Chung) is the most famous Vietnamese traditional dish that typically seen in Tet holiday. It’s made from glutinous rice, mung beans and pork meat.
Chung cake (Banh Chung) is the most famous Vietnamese traditional dish that typically seen in Tet holiday. It’s made from glutinous rice, mung beans and pork meat.
According to a legend, Chung cake is symbol of the yin element – the mother  while Rice cake symbolizes the yang – the father.  For the Vietnamese, making "Banh Chung" is the ideal way to express gratitude to their ancestors and homeland. Besides, it emphasizes the important role of rice and nature in water rice culture.


 
How to make a Chung cake?
Main ingredients are glutinous rice, mung beans and pork meat wrapped in phrynium leaves that make the rice a green color after boiling. Always take the note that the cakes must be covered tightly so that water can not absorb inside the cakes. It takes about 10 hours or much more time to boil them. It’s the time for sticky rice, mung beans and pork meat turning well-done, soft and stick to each other. All of the ingredients mixed in a cake create a delicious and nutritious dish. Eating Chung cake with vegetable pickles will bring you unforgettable taste!
The time of making Chung cake in the occasion of Tet holiday is wonderful  opportunity for family to gather, share past stories, wish the best things for the new year. Nowadays, many families  in the big cities left the  custom of making Chung cake in Tet holiday because of business lifestyle of modern society; However, the habit of worship ancestors with Chung cake never changes.



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