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How to Make Chung Cake for TET

Updated on January 20, 2016
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Vietnamese Chung Cake

Chung Cake
Chung Cake | Source

Making the Traditional Vietnamese TET Chung Cake

TET is coming and the excitement is in the air. Our hotel arranged for those interested, an afternoon of learning how to make Chung Cake or what the Vietnamese call Banh Chung, the special savoury eaten during this lunar new year celebration.

When we arrived, the demonstration has started but not really depriving us of seeing what needs to be done. The leaves called Dong are prepared into a square basket to hold sticky rice, pork, and mung bean paste. After the demonstration, we were each given bowls of rice, a plate of pork seasoned with pepper and bean paste in round balls.


Preparing the Chung Cake - What do you need?

Wrapper for Chung Cake
Wrapper for Chung Cake | Source
Chung Cake Master
Chung Cake Master | Source

Preparing the Ingredients for Chung Cake

We were then made to get our own leaves, cut these into the proper size to make the square basket. 4 leaves were needed for one basket and we helped each other hold it as one put rice, leveled it, then placed some mung bean paste (start with half of the ball) and a piece of pork in the middle. This is again covered with bean paste and then, sticky rice. Then, the basket is closed up and tied properly with the special bamboo ties placed underneath the leaves. These ties will be used to cut the cooked chung cake, usually into 8 pieces.

These were then placed in the pot with cold water topping the baskets. Lining the pot with those extra dong leaves is also a good idea. Then cook until the water boils and just keep adding water for about 4 hours. Others claim, as their families cook many cakes, that they cook these for 10-12 hours. This is necessary if you want it to stay alright for several days.

Each one came out proud and had a picture taken holding her own Chung cake.

Dong Leaves to Wrap the Chung Cake

Dong Leaves for Chung Cake
Dong Leaves for Chung Cake | Source

What you Need to Prepare Chung Cake

What to prepare for making Chung Cake or Bang Chung:

  • High Quality Glutinous Rice soaked in water for 12-14 hours
  • Slices of pork, with bits of fat to make the rice more tasty, seasoned with pepper and salt. Some add onions and sugar.
  • Mung bean paste made from beans soaked for 2 hours
  • Dong leaves cleaned properly
  • Giang bamboo strips which are ideal as these bamboos have long nodes. These are first soaked in salt water or steamed until they are ribbon like for easy wrapping.
  • A square mold but not really necessary.

You can see in this picture, the demonstrator cutting the ends of the Dong leaves to make the square basket.

A Bowl of Glutinous Rice - After the 12 hours soak

Glutinous Rice
Glutinous Rice | Source

Soaked Glutinous Rice

This is the bowl of glutinous rice already soaked for 12-14 hours. I think this gives us some leeway for senior moments.

Some fat please

Seasoned Slices of Pork
Seasoned Slices of Pork | Source

Seasoned Slices of Pork

You can see in the picture the actual size of the sliced pork with bits of fat.

The Mung Bean Paste - Soak the mung bean first

Mung Bean Paste
Mung Bean Paste | Source

Mung Bean Paste

Remember, the mung beans are soaked for about 2 hours, then a paste is made out of these soaked beans. To make the paste, steam or boil mung bean until soft. Add a pinch of salt. This may take about 45 minutes. Mash the cooked beans thoroughly and roll these into balls.

Filling up the Square Basket - Layer the ingredients carefully

Square basket for  Chung Cake
Square basket for Chung Cake | Source

Stuffing the basket

After cutting the narrow ends of the Dong leaves, arrange the leaves on top of the giang strings forming a square base.

Then, start stuffing in the square basket with glutinous rice, mung bean paste, layering these carefully. First place the glutinous rice, then the mung bean paste. On top of this first layer, place the seasoned slices of pork at the centre. Cover this with another layer of rice and mung bean paste. Make sure the square is full at all sides.

Filling up square basket
Filling up square basket | Source

The Filled Square Basket - Ready for the final wrap

Layering Ingredients in Basket
Layering Ingredients in Basket | Source

Making it Square - A Square Frame would make this easy

Squaring the basket
Squaring the basket | Source

Squaring the Chung Cake

Without the square frame, it was a bit of a struggle but with our hands, we managed. It's like wrapping a square gift.

Here is a picture of the square basket properly filled and ready to be wrapped.

Wrapping the Chung Cake - Tie them with the giang strips

Wrapping the Cake
Wrapping the Cake | Source

Wrapping the Chung Cake

When wrapping the chung cake, the giang strings that were placed underneath the basket serve as ties. Because they had been soaked or steamed, they are like ribbons and are easy to handle. It is easier if you have the square frame but it is not that difficult to hold the sides with your palms and tie the bamboo strips tightly. With some help, we managed as you can see in the picture.

These giang bamboo strips are then used to cut the cake. The Vietnamese usually cut Bahn Chung into 8 slices.

The properly wrapped Chung Cake - Beautifully done

Finished cake
Finished cake | Source

Cooking the Chung Cake

Place the prepared chung cake in the pot. You can see our prepared chung cake. They're great for the first try. Carefully arrange them ensuring that they are properly tied as you don't want them to spill over.

Add water filling the pot and start boiling for several hours. Stop boiling when you are sure the inside of the cake is fully cooked. The cake comes out green taking the color of the Dong leaves.

Cooking the Chung Cake - Hours of Boiling

Chung Cakes Ready for Boiling
Chung Cakes Ready for Boiling | Source

Families Gather Waiting for the Chung Cake

Vietnamese families prepare for many visiting families and friends so many Chung Cake are cooked and these are boiled for many hours. Some say 10-12 hours. Others say less than that but once the charcoals are formed, Vietnamese immediately roast some sweet potatoes which now have also become part of the traditional TET food.

As the Chung Cake are cooked, families tell stories of previous TET celebrations and it is a bonding experience for families.

Arranging the Chung Cake in the Altar

The altar to worship the ancestors was already prepared and in this are placed, the kumquat tree full of fruits and lucky money, the dried fruits, the Chung cake, pomelo, pickled unripe green mango, and pickled onions. These are the condiments that usually accompany the Chung cake.

Chung Cake Tasting - With its traditional condiments

TET Treats
TET Treats | Source

Why is Chung Cake the Center of the TET Offering?

Every child in Vietnam knows this story by heart. It is well documented in The Extraordinary Stories of Linh Nam, a book published in 1695. The story tells us about Lang Lieu, the person to be credited for the chung cake. After a victory over the Shang of China, Hung Vuong, the ruler at that time wanted to choose his successor from among his sons.

To do this, he decided to hold a competition in which each of his sons had to bring a delicacy to offer the ancestors at the TET altar. Whoever brought the most delicious and expressive of the honor due the ancestors would be the next ruler. The princes went off to find the top luxury food they could from the sea and the forest except for Lang Lieu.

Much poorer compared to his other brothers, this 18th prince, Lang Lieu, contented himself with preparing something from the ordinary ingredients of everyday food such as pork and rice. He tried until finally, he prepared a square cake called Banh Chung. Square for the Vietnamese is the form of the Earth.

Then, he created a round one, Banh Day. After tasting the cakes, the ruler was impressed and he considered the cakes the best offering to represent the tremendous respect for their ancestors. Lang Lieu became the ruler and since then, the rice cakes became the traditional offering for TET for the Vietnamese people.

For this year's TET, one of the hotel staff gave us 2 well prepared Chung Cakes which we enjoyed as we watched the TET fireworks.

Chung Cake
Chung Cake | Source
Tet Nguyen Dan / Vietnamese Lunar New Year (Vietnamese Culture: Frequently Asked Questions)
Tet Nguyen Dan / Vietnamese Lunar New Year (Vietnamese Culture: Frequently Asked Questions)

TET is Vietnam's top celebration and the tradition around this fascinates anyone visiting Vietnam at this time. Even if you're not traveling to Vietnam, knowing this age-old celebration is still worth it.

 

Do you know about TET New Year?

We are familiar with Chinese New Year but not really with TET, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year. But here in Vietnam, this is the top holiday of the year. For those of you who are interested in Vietnamese culture, get this book and learn a bit of this festival.

Weeks before, preparations are at fever pitch with employees taking a week off to help their families prepare.

Parties start early and will just keep until TET holidays. After that, families go on pilgrimage to the temples to get good luck for the year.

Have you ever tried Vietnamese Cuisine? - Enjoy Vietnamese Dishes

Other than Chung Cake, dishes are prepared for the family to enjoy. But Chung Cake is the one offered at the altar, served to families and other well wishers as well.

Vietnamese food really impresses me the more I get to know it. There is so much greens used in every meal. It is much more healthy. Get this book and learn to prepare some of these dishes.

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Vietnamese cooking is easy to do in your own kitchen. More so, if you have this recipe book to guide you. Because Phan explains many things in pictures, the recipes are easy to follow. Having this book is like having a coach with you. Now that Asian ingredients are no longer hard to find in many groceries or specialty Oriental stores, take the risk of cooking some Vietnamese food. It will open you palette to more eating pleasures.

 

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      Audrey Hunt 15 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      I have many friends who will enjoy this recipe. I'll pass this along and share with others. Great instruction and photos. Enjoyed hearing about the festival and thanks for the Chung Cake recipe.

      Happy Days,

      Audrey

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      Mary Norton 17 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you pstraubie48. Maybe you can come to Vietnam and try making it right there.

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      Patricia Scott 17 months ago from sunny Florida

      Wow...that is quite a process....I hope that I have the opportunity to give this a try one day.

      An excellent explanation as well as well chosen photos..

      Angels are on the way to you today ps

      shared

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      This is all new to me and I find it very interesting. Loved the demonstration and photos. ^+

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Mung bean paste and well done pork? I'm in!

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I only learnd about Chung cake when we lived in Hanoi. Soon, it is TET again and am sure they're busy preparing some.

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      I mean "were used for packaging." I wonder why I was not able to edit my comment.

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Wow! Although I have not eaten this Vietnamese cake yet, I can already imagine how it tasted because of the banana leaves that are used for packaging. Very interesting hub and I have learned a bit history of this cake. Thanks for sharing. Well done!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      what an interesting festival and the chung cake process was quite long, should taste awesome. Looks like our glutinous rice cake

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      That was fascinating to read, and the photos were great too! I had never heard of chung cake, but along with the recipe I learned some history too, wonderful!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I have eaten some Vietnamese food but never even heard of chung cake much-less eaten any of it. Thanks for telling us the history behind it and also how it is made along with the photos that adds so much to this hub. Up votes and sharing!

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Mary, this is so fascinating to see how Chung Cakes are made. It looks delicious, and I would love to try some.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      This is such a wonderfully constructed piece. It is not just a recipe, it is a lesson in Vietnamese living and history.

      Your photos and directions are so clear that I may have to give this a try some day.

      Angels are on the way

      Voted up++++ Shared and Pinned

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      June Parker 3 years ago from New York

      I have tried it in Hawaii (yum), but it was adapted to the Hawaiian culture and made with garlic and Hawaiian chili peppers in the pork mixture, then wrapped in either banana leaf or ti leaf.

      What is a dong leaf? I couldn't find any information as to what type of plant it is other than it grows in Vietnam and not yet in Hawaii. It is a dish I like but many Westerners may not find the glutinous rice appetizing. It is an acquired texture and taste. Someday, I would like to travel to Vietnam and have the authentic Chung Cake.

      Mary, you have done a wonderful presentation of this Vietnamese TET holiday food! Thank you so much!

      Aloha, my friend!

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      Shelly Sellers 3 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I have never tried Chung Cake, but it has many ingredients I love!

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      masunyoananda 3 years ago

      Wow, this sounds great. Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful lens of yours...:)

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      Melissa Miotke 3 years ago from Arizona

      This sounds really tasty. I loved your bright and vivid pictures.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      The festivals and foods of different cultures are so very fascinating. I thank you once again Aesta for allowing me to view the world through your eyes. It is always a wonderful adventure to visit your articles.

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      crstnblue 4 years ago

      Hmmmm, so, appetizing! Got hungry seeing Chung Cake Tasting photo! : ))

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am hungry now!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Am happy to have triggered happy memories of Vietnam.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: I love Vietnamese food even more now that I have learned a bit of how they prepare it.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @LouisaDembul: The Chung cake is cooked differently from the Filipino rice cake.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would love to try out the Chung Cake, the name and the picture leaves my mouth salivating and filled with temptation. Vietnamese food looks delicious and the local cuisine must be tasty too.

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      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      I've never had Chung cake, but enjoy the glutinous rice cakes that the Filipinos prepare.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @jamesonsquidoo: I'm sorry I beat you to it. I liked your lens on Sapa, best guide I have read.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @aesta1: Yeah. Although there are various kinds of Chung cake including purple one in Sapa, I personally like the orginal flavor one

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      jamesonsquidoo 4 years ago

      Wow, nice lens! I was about to make a lens about Chung Cake since it's almost Tet holiday and stumbled upon your lens! Well done

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I lived in Vietnam when I was younger, thanx for the memories.

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 4 years ago from Johanesburg

      I have not tried it but i cant wait to do that. It looks yummy

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      GimperBee LM 4 years ago

      You make this recipe look like its simple to make. I like your lovely photos too!

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD for this lens. Your photos really add to this article!

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      sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      No, it is new to me. but this beautiful lens tempt me to try this chung cake. great lens.

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      Beautiful Lens. Really, really well done. I want to try Chung Cake but I think I'll have someone more experienced make it for me. Your recipe has given me the urge to try it though. Thanks and Blessed. d

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      This lens is so amazing and the photos are breathtaking. Thank you.

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      This is a beautiful lens and congrats on lotd. You certainly deserved it. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2013. Hugs

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      markweiland 4 years ago

      Chung Cake looks delicious. I learned a bit about Vietnam because of this lens.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ThanhQuach: Yes, the TET parties have started.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @preciousbeebee: The Chinese have so many different stuffing all so good. I love trying a different one each time.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @rattie lm: Bahn Chung is often made for TET and shared with families as they wish each other blessing for the new year. I love those spring rolls, too.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @bushaex: We don't really want to lose those age old tradition.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Camden1: I love that one, too, especially the salted eggs.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @athomemomblog: You put a lot more spices in the tamales which I like very much as well.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Rosetta Slone: You made me think of the dish we used to have at home: tiny fish wrapped in banana leaves.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @SusanDeppner: Bahn Chung is often made only for TET. I am learning so much about Vietnamese culture now that I live in Hanoi. Thanks.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @delia-delia: Chuc Mung Nam Moi is plastered all over the streets now as TET is soon. I was happy to see it here.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Diana Wenzel: Thanks. I really enjoyed the experience of making Chung cake with several Vietnamese sharing with us what they do in their families.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @sybil watson: I am happy you appreciate it.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Dressage Husband: Most Vietnamese prepare Bahn Chung only for TET.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @happynutritionist: I had been wishing to get LOTD and it finally came.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @squidoopets: It hint it is a good idea as I often skirt around the pork when eating. I really like the mung bean paste.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @MiaMusement: There are several rice cakes and depending where they come from, the Vietnamese have their special rice cakes. In Hanoi, it is definitely Bahn Chung.

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      shawn-hobbs-9847 4 years ago

      Chung Cake is new to me, Love the info in the lense and its got me wanting to try this cake! :)

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Thanks for sharing these. I will feature Gac here as that fruit also fascinated me.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Dennis40: You can use aluminum foil. It will not, however, have that greenish color from the dong leaves.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @KathyMcGraw2: Thank you Kathy. I often write about what is interesting to me.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @chezchazz: Thanks, am one of those still winging it here in Squidoo. Thank you so much.

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      Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hmmmm, I'm craving for some Chung Cake now. I've never tried it before, but you definitely sold it to me. Very well done lens. Congrats on LOTD. Stay blessed!

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      KateAdamsUSA 4 years ago

      Why this Chung Cake looks incredibly delicious. I tried mung bean cake, not sure how similar that is but will add this on my things to do. Great lens.

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Great lens. I have learnt something new today, never heard of Tet Chung Cake before. Congratulations for LotD.

      Blessed.

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      Chazz 4 years ago from New York

      Congrats on a well deserved LOTD. Chung Cake is new to me but I definitely have to try it. Amazing job on this lens. Blessed and featured on "Still Wing-ing it on Squidoo." Thanks for sharing this.

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      Kathy McGraw 4 years ago from California

      You always have the most interesting articles and this Chung Cake one is no exception :)

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Lovely lens, full of information and super pics and video.

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      dewapariana 4 years ago

      Congratulations getting LOTD

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Washington State

      What a delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing the process with us. Congratulations on your LOTD and a purple star. I love the video and directions. What a wonderful celebration to learn about, Lunar New Year.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Dennis40: NO, you are not the only one.:) I'm Vietnamese too. I used to make Chung Cake few years ago. Now I'm too busy to make it but my grandmother'll make it this TET. Now there are other kinds of Chung Cake. Sticky rice can be replaced to grilled rice or added another ingredient such as Gac that make original light green of Chung Cake to dark green or red one.

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      May Matthew 4 years ago

      It is nice to know more about Vietnamese culture. Vietnamese food is delicious. When I have the chance I will try Chung Cake. Thank you for sharing!

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      HaviRose 4 years ago

      "You learn something new every day." This lens was such an interesting read. Thank you for sharing! Chung cake looks incredibly tasty.

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      Very interesting. Congratulations on LotD!

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      Spiderlily321 4 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! What an interesting lens. I've never tried Chung Cake before but would love to some day. Thanks for sharing. Angel blessed

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      NoodleGirlsie 4 years ago

      What a fantastic lens - thank you for sharing this - so interesting!

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Looks like fun to make with a group. Congratulations on LOTD

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've never tried Chung Cake but it looks great. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      MiaMusement 4 years ago

      It looks like there's a Tet Festival not far from me on Sunday; perhaps I'll go and sample some Chung Cake. If I do, I'll think of you and this excellent lens. (Loved all the pix!) Here's hoping you and yours enjoy security, health, luck and prosperity in the New Year. (It certainly seems to be starting well... BIG CONGRATS on LOTD!)

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      Wow! What an outstanding lens! The photos are superb! Congratulations on your LOTD - and thank you for a wonderful and educational experience as well! :) Hugs and a huge Squid Blessing! :) Kath

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      HalloweenRecipes 4 years ago

      Congrats on LoTD! I haven't had the opportunity to taste some Chung Cake, but would love to try some.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What a great experience getting to make Chung cake!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Wow! What a process! Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Fox Music 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this delicious lens "How to Make Chung Cake for TET"

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I would try a vegetarian version of Chung Cake. I loved how you did the lens with the pictures of each step making the dish. Congrats on LOTD - WOOT!

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      Dennis40 4 years ago

      Am I the only Vietnamese here? :D Anyway I tried to make a similar one this week with aluminum foil and it turn out pretty well

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      Not yet, but I enjoyed learning about Chung Cake. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      Never tried it, though I'd like to! I'm sure I'd seen it or something similar when I lived in Hawaii!

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      mrknowitall54321 4 years ago

      Never tried it, I would love to though!

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      I'm so happy to see you and this lens getting LOTD...and what an interesting lens. I didn't know about this special tradition in Viet Nam. I love the way the Chung Cake looks all wrapped. Also enjoyed reading more about your country. Enjoy your LOTD day! *blessed*

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      It's been many years since I have eaten Banh Chung wrapped in Dong leaves. Thank you for the recipe and congratulations on winning LOTD

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      congratulations on LOTD

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I worked with a Vietnamese gentleman when I was in Saudi Arabia and he made a lot of traditional dishes but I never had Tet Chung Cake. I think it looks good! He liked really, really strong chillies a lot :)

      Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      Not yet, I'll put it on my "To Do" list. Great Lens, so very well done and illustrated. Kudos and thanks for sharing.

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      kimmanleyort 4 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD and blessings for your beautiful pictures and excellent content!

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      June Campbell 4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I would love to sample this cake. Perhaps a local Vietnamese restaurant will serve them. Great, informative lens.

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      khacdiep87 4 years ago

      I ate a lot of Chung cakes , any food,

      it was delicious

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      jlshernandez 4 years ago

      This sounds delicious. I will try to make this. Looks yummy. Congrats on LOTD. Blessed*****

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      Karen Kolavalli 4 years ago from Lexington, Kentucky

      Would love to try it. I suspect it's going to be tricky to find it at a restaurant in my area, but maybe when I travel.

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      presentsandgiftsgalore 4 years ago

      Very interesting lens

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Sounds like an interesting dish. A lot of time and work must go into those! Enjoy the New Year, and congratulations on LOTD honors :)

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      Mamabyrd 4 years ago

      I had never heard of Chung Cake. Thank you for sharing!

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      sybil watson 4 years ago

      No, I've never tried it but it looks so interesting. You always do such a fantastic job transporting your readers to exotic locales - congratulations on your LOTD!

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      dimitry168 4 years ago

      Mmmm. Smells very well. Tasty. I will try to prove it some day. Thank you.

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      Maribel Forayo 4 years ago from Philippines

      wow! thanks for the effort exerted to share this incredible info. I can't help remembering my hometown with those banana leaves