Chuc Mung Nam Moi!

Happy Lunar New Year! or as we say in Vietnam, Chuc Mung Nam Moi!

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To celebrate this, I wanted to share a Vietnamese specialty with you. Every new year, or Tet, my mom buys banh chung. Banh Chung is a glutinous rice cake filled with mung bean paste and tofu. It is steamed in a banana leaf, and extremely sticky!

This cake is a traditional meal for the new year’s, and it’s generally eaten with some pickled vegetables.

You can eat this as is, but also pan fry it. This is usually how we like to eat it. The sticky rice becomes crunchy and crispy, while the beans soften.

If you are interested in cooking these I suggest checking out Van’s Kitchen tutorial. Simply skip the fish sauce, and switch the meat for some tofu, tempeh or soy proteins, to make it vegan. Harm yourself with a lot of patience, but be ready for some serious deliciousness!

Anyways, happy new year! You get an extra chance to make resolutions and stick to them this time!