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HELEN’S BANH CHU’NG STORIES – A MUST HAVE FOR VIETNAMESE NEW YEAR TET

This week Helen shows us how to make (and eat) Banh Chu’ng the traditional Vietnamese rice cake made from very simple basic ingredients, such as, gloutinous rice, mung beans and pork.

This is a must have for Vietnamese at Tet.

What kind of special foods are you making for (February 19th) Lunar New Year?

How are you celebrating Lunar New Year?

Ingredients (makes 5 cakes in size 7x7in or 18x18cm)

1.5 cups mung beans, washed and soaked in water 4 hours
5.5 cups sticky rice, washed and soaked in water 4 hours
500 g pork belly (1.1 lb) cut into cubes
2.5 tsp salt
2.5 tsp ground black pepper
3 tbsp fried shallot
1 tbsp vegetable oil
3 shallots, smashed/crushed
2 tbsp fish sauce
1 kg banana leaves, defrost

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