If you visit Vietnam during this time, you will see the bustling atmosphere of Tet covering the whole Vietnam. For generations, Tet is considered the most important holiday of Vietnamese, where members of family who live either far or close to each other have chance to sit together and tell each other their stories of the year.
When mentioning the Tet in Vietnam, beside peach/apricot blossoms, people cannot forget Chung Cake (Bánh Trưng) – the integral symbol of Vietnamese Tet. In the traditional conception of Vietnamese people, making banh chung is a opportunity for the union of family members. Sitting round warm fire, family members tell one another past stories and are ready for a new year with best wishes. Up to now, making banh chung is not very popular in urban area because of the business. However, the worship ancestors with banh chung doesn’t change. This is an evidence of the Vietnamese loyalty and deep gratitude to ancestors.
So, how to make a Chung Cake?