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Rice paper rolls with pork in Da Nang

To mention about Da Nang, surely everyone know the unique dish that is Rice paper rolls with pork. Hereby, there are a lot of local restaurants including the different way to taste this one. Nevertheless, it seems tourists rarely acknowledge the traditional tasting method of local people.

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Can cake in Dalat

It seems almost tourists over the world also know about Dalat which is a magnificent scenery in Vietnam, was discovered by Alexandre Yersin, a French doctor in 1893. Honestly, Dalat brings us a balanced feeling after rush working day by natural beauty including fresh foods.

By this essay, may I recommend a traditional dish in this place which is Căn cake.

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VIETNAMESE STICKY RICE CAKE (BANH CHUNG)

Occasionally, closing to Tet holiday which is a traditional event, all most Vietnamese citizens hurriedly prepare to cook sticky rice cakes (banh chung) for greeting the biggest holiday every single year.

People are cooking sticky rice cakes

Besides, peach flowers even Kumquat tree are unique things from our ancestors, sticky rice cakes also are must-have in a family on this holiday. At the last time, it seemed each family cooks by themselves, however it is busy life then we reduce the tasks for preparing Tet.

Boiling Banh Chung

Nevertheless, there are still a lot of family to get this chance for connecting all members to pack and cook this kind of cakes which generate the strongly membership in each family.

Literally, the main ingredients of this traditional cake is sticky rice which is one of most important food to our ancient people. Hidden inside the sticky layer is the delicious filling made from mung bean and fatty pork. Traditionally, Banh Chung is wrapped in dong leaves which seems only having in Vietnam, after boiling, the smelling of this one to merge into the taste of cakes.

Honesty, we devour it that we could perceive the flavor of three ingredients even the scent of dong leaves wonderfully.

Banh chung

Moreover, there are 2 kinds of shape, square and long cakes which depend on the favorite of each family, basically the ingredients are the same.

Square and long Banh Chung

All people in Vietnam, even kids are known about the original story of banh chung which tell together from this generation to next. Thus, beside the scent of this cake, it brings a meaningful tradition that we must prolong by heart.

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Moon cakes

In mid-autumn occasions, people in my country are in hurry to prepare MOON CAKES for gifts to children, elders or their close friends. Especially, nowadays woman prefer to doing handmade cakes by themselves. Moreover, this kind of cake is traditional one since our ancient time then our next generations adapt and follow according to the great great parent’s customs.

In this year, it is a special case, my city is in social quarantine, therefore almost people have made moon cakes and celebrate event within their families.

In the past, the traditional cake is only mixed filling, but now people make many different kinds of cake such as bean cakes, salted-egg cakes, and so on.

Generally, moon cake is a traditional cuisine in special occasion which is Mid-autumn and in this event, almost people celebrate a small party which have moon cake and hot tea .

Let’s jump in and enjoy with me!

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Steamed rice cake – a signature food in Autumn

These days, Hanoi has isolated for whole 2 months when autumn comes. Therefore, we only stay at home and cook by ourselves, however I still have missed some special foods of Autumn such as hot pot, snail noodle, hot steamed rice cake and so on. About hot steamed rice cake, it is a signature food of Hanoi in autumn, in fact, this is very simple to cook but which has its own taste, especially eating in cool weather. In additional, the steamed rice cake of Hanoi is different to other provinces.

Here is my steam rice cake which cook by myself to condense our missing Hanoi autumn’s foods

Hot steamed rice cake

To begin with this dish, it is made from rice and flour powder to create a mixture then steaming to merge and make it ripe. For the topping, it is including pork,fried onion, pepper, mushroom. however the specialty is soup which is stock from rib, after that I put in fish sauce, sugar, vinegar, garlic by suitable recipe, of course I must cook it to be spoil. Because I like eating peanuts so I roasted adding my bowl.

Actually, cooking steamed rice cake is very simple and enjoying it in fall season which is amazing.

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Bun dau mam tom

Bun dau mam tom (fried tofu, shrimp paste, and noodles) is one of signature foods in Hanoi. Any visitors must try this dish when coming to our capital, we could find it at the hold of the wall to sell this one every streets, or also vendors sit a corner of any roads.

The special one is shrimp paste which mainly made from shrimp or moi (it is a kind of tiny shrimp) and salt. After the nature fermented processing, this sauce is created a typical favor and color. There are 3 shrimp paste types: thick, paste and liquid which are based on the rate of salt and the sun exposure. When eating, we should add more lemon, chili to push up its smell.

Besides main foods, fried tofu, shrimp paste, noodles, people could add more some other foods such as boiled shoulder pork, pork roll, fried pork’s guts…

Bun dau mam tom (Photo: copy)

For tofu, it is fried all 6 sides however its inside still white and soft, and bean tasting. After deep it into shrimp paste bowl, it’s absolutely mouthwatering.

In case, you can’t eat shrimp paste, you could change to fish sauce. Anyway shrimp paste is quite strong smell and not suitable for people don’t like that one.

If you ask any local people in Hanoi about the signature foods, certainly, they will tell you “bun dau mam tom” which is a special one to other areas.

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My breakfast with Cao Bang’s foods

Cao Bang is a Northern province with many fantastic places as Ban Gioc waterfall, Pac Po cave, Lenin stream.. Besides that, there are a lot of delicious food in this one.

Last weekend, I missed Cao Bang foods, but I can’t travel while Covid is striking widely in my country, then I found out a hole in the wall in my city where mainly cook those foods.

The first one, I would like to share you about the stuffed pancake

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Have you ever try eating Dalat foods?

That’s so true almost people are acknowledged Dalat where is a romantic place for couples and families with fresh air, comfortable feeling. Especially, there are four seasons in one day, you could walk around the Tuyen Lam lake to sense the spring atmosphere in the early morning, then summer comes with hot, sunny at the noon, in the afternoon the weather is autumn, quite cool, however you will feel the coldness in the evening, so that’s why people should bring a coat and a craft when going outside.

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