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How do people enjoy Lunar New Year in Vietnam 2020-Part 2

Jan 16, 2020 703 Views By Ngo Long
Cuisine also plays an important role in celebrating the Lunar New Year in Vietnam. There are some typical dishes that local people, from the North to the South, specially prepared for this time of the year.   

1. “Chung” cake

“Chung” cake is a Vietnamese savory, but sometimes, it can be sweetened cake. The main ingredients of “Chung” cake are glutinous rice, pork, and mung beans. In general, pork will be marinated with fish sauce and pepper, then will be covered by mung beans for the first layer. The second cover layer will be glutinous rice. All the ingredients finally will be covered by “Dong” leaves (scientific name is Phrynium placentarium, which is widely planted in northern Vietnam). Lastly, the cake will be boil for eight to ten hours.
Chung cake


Normally, the “Chung” cake has a shape in a square. However, depends on regions, it also can have some different sharps such as a thick, log-like cylindrical shape (that is called “Banh Tet”, or triangle-long shape. 
 
“Banh Tet” 

2. Spring rolls

Spring rolls (deep-fried spring rolls) is also one of the most typical dishes during Lunar New Year in Vietnam. The main ingredients of spring rolls are chopped vegetables, bean sprouts, meat, eggs, etc… 
 
Spring rolls
Spring rolls

The traditional spring rolls are made with pork mince, while in the modern style, prawns, beef mince, fish, or even cheese could be added. After mixing, all the ingredients will be wrapped and rolled in a paper rice sheet to make rolls. Later, the rolls will be deep-fried in hot oil. The perfect spring roll is crispy outside, hot and tender inside. Normally, deep-fried spring rolls can be served with the dipping sauce, rice vermicelli, and fresh regional herbs. 

3. Pickle 

As people consume various kinds of meat and oily food during Lunar New Year, the added pickle hence could balance the taste and help the digestion. 
 
Spring onion pickle 
Spring onion pickle 

The ingredients might vary by region, but the most popular pickle is made of spring onion.

4. Braised pork and eggs

Braised pork and eggs are a common dish in Vietnam in general. In southern Vietnam, it is also one of typical dishes for celebrating New Year. Normally, pork belly is used, however, other parts of pork meat are still good to make this dish.
 
Braised pork and eggs
Braised pork and eggs

Have you felt interested in experiencing Lunar New Year and its customs in Vietnam? You can apply Visa to Vietnam by contact us at +84.899.33.12.12 or email us at [email protected] Our address: No. 88 Xa Dan Street, Phuong Lien Ward, Dong Da Dist, Hanoi, Vietnam
(See more part 1 at https://applyvietnamvisa.org/how-do-people-enjoy-lunar-new-year-in-vietnam-2020-part-2-263)
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