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To celebrate the Lunar New Year, the Vietnamese gather with their family members, decorate their house and prepare special traditional dishes. A few days before Tet, they cook Banh Chung, which is the essential food and culinary symbol of the Vietnamese New Year. It has a different recipe depending on particular regions and family traditions.
This is the traditional cake which is cooked from 4 main ingredients: the “dong” leaves, glutinous rice, mung beans and pork.
In northern Vietnam, they make delicious Chung Cake (in Vietnamese banh chung) square form (symbol of the Earth because the ancients believed that the Earth was flat, made from glutinous rice, mung bean seeds and pork belly, wrapped in leaves “dong” (those that are very difficult or impossible to find in France) or by banana leaves.
In the South (but also in the center), they make Tet Cake in a cylindrical form (symbol of heaven and fertility) with the same ingredients as the banh chung