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Vietnamese Rice Cakes Mark Lunar New Year, Teach Traditions

by Benjamin To /

The Vietnamese Lunar New Year, called Tet, is a time for personal prosperity and community engagement. Like many other New Year's celebrations, it is also a time for food.

Bánh chưng, a savory cake made of glutinous rice, mung beans, and pork wrapped in banana leaves and boiled for between six and 10 hours, is one of the most iconic Vietnamese New Year's dishes. Traditionally used as an offering to ancestors, the making and eating of bánh chưng today is also used as a way to bring families and communities together and teach Vietnamese traditions.

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