Vietnamese Rice Cakes

@thuhuong (828)
United States
February 4, 2010 2:32pm CST
Every year the Vietnamese people celebrate their new year by making traditional rice cakes which is made of glutinous rice or also known as sticky rice, mung beans, fruit and/or meat. The cake is in turn wrapped around banana leaves which is steamed until the beans are soft. These can last for a long time (up to one month) of which you can eat as a dessert or entree. They call these Banh Tet or Banh Chung. Google it to see pics of it. Have any of us tried these? If so, where, with whom and did you like it?
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@dawnald (84731)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Feb 10
Nope, I never had, but sounds yummy...
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@TAZNEM (656)
• Philippines
26 Feb 10
hmm chinese people does that too right, i ve never tasted them though, but i have eaten sticky rice prepared in our local way. and they are good and sweet but i dont eat more than one serving cuz after one serving the taste gets boring
@thuhuong (828)
• United States
8 Mar 10
that's true, that's why it only comes once a year for festivity just like turkey
@Hatley (164037)
• Garden Grove, California
4 Feb 10
hi thuhuong I have never tasted these although and this will floor you I live in Little Saigon, Garden Grove, California, they called this twelve to fourteen block area Little Saigon as a boatload of Vietnamese settled here when they fled from Vietnam years back. they are good natured, friendly hard working people who are great neighbors here.
@thuhuong (828)
• United States
4 Feb 10
hi hatley, that's awesome, I visited Little Saigon in the fall of 2008 and I will never forget it. The food there is amazing almost authentic I have to say. I say that because I have been to Vietnam and the food there is *silence* indescribable. That's the part of the culture I cannot do without - the food. If you do get around to one of the food shops, especially the bakeries, ask them if they have Banh Tet or Banh Chung for sell. They might range from $6+. As that might be too much see if they have any sliced already.