"Bánh Chưng" Recipe For Lunar New Year At Vietnam

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Bánh Chưng – Vietnamese Chung Cake is a highly regarded food in Vietnam in the Lunar New Year – Tet Holiday (Tết Nguyên Đán). This dish is the most popular and tasty traditional Vietnamese food, which is a must-have for Vietnamese New Year Tet. –a great occasion for family members to get together and express their gratitude to their ancestors and homeland. 

The following is a detailed Vietnamese Chung Cake recipe you can learn from!

"Bánh Chưng" Recipe For Lunar New Year At Vietnam
Photo by Vietnam Typical Tours team

Mung beans – 1 ½ cup (washed and soaked in water for 4 hours)
Pork belly – 500 grams (cut into cubes)
Sticky rice – 5 ½ cup (washed and soaked in water for 4 hours)
Salt – 2 teaspoons
Shallots – 3 tablespoons (fried)
Black pepper – 2 ½ teaspoons (ground)
Veggie oil – 1 tablespoon
Shallots – 3 (crushed or smashed)
Dong leaves (Phrynium) – 1kg (defrosted. Use banana leaves as a replacement)
Fish sauce – 2 tablespoons

"Bánh Chưng" Recipe For Lunar New Year At Vietnam 1
Photo by Vietnam Typical Tours team

In a pot, place mung beans into and pour enough amount of water to cover it up. Boil it up over medium heat, reduce the heat to a simmer level and cook. Stir the beans now and then till they are mashable (for about 20 to 30 minutes). Then, mash the beans into a good paste using a spoon of potato masher. After that, season them with the prepared 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of pepper, vegetable oil and fried shallot.

  • Put 1 teaspoon of salt in the soaked sticky rice
  • Put ½ teaspoon of salt, 1 ½ teaspoon of pepper, ½ fish sauce, and 1 ½ teaspoons of shallots
  • Place 2 Dong leaves in one direction which is slightly overlapping, followed by 2 leaves that are perpendicular and also overlapping, and the last one like the first
  • Place half of the prepared rice on the leaves, followed by half of the mashed mung beans on top
  • Next, place the pork onto the beans, add the remained amount of beans, followed by the rest of the prepared rice.
  • Fold those leaves over the cake into a square. Do it tightly. Use strings to secure your cake.
  • Then, place the wrapped cakes in a large pot and pour a proper amount of water so that it covers all of the cakes
  • Boils for about 6 to 9 hours. Remember to keep an eye on your pot and add more water if necessary to keep the cakes well covered.
  • After 6 to 8 hours, remove the cakes and submerge them into cold water for several minutes
  • The cakes will last for 10 days or so in a cool dry site.
  • To serve, you open the cake and use strings to cut it into 8 parts.

Vietnamese Chung Cake might seem tricky when wrapping but after you do it once, you will understand how it comes together. Chung Cake is best served with the pickled onions. You will definitely get unforgettable taste.

Traveling in Vietnam during the holidays is an ideal time for you to learn and experience deeply about the culture, traditions and unique dishes of Vietnam. Tour designed specifically for Tet holiday has been booked by many tourists for Tet holiday, see article at:  http://vietnamtypicaltours.com/tour/christmas-new-year-holiday-2015/

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