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42 thoughts on “Vietnamese Cuisine: New Year Dishes”

  1. I love it when food is the center of a festival or celebration, as is the case in many places in Asia. I’ve had several Vietnamese dishes, but I’d never heard of the dishes you mentioned in this post before. Happy Tết, Len and his master! 🙂

    1. “Haven’t experienced Tết” might make a good reason to come back to Vietnam, don’t you think? 😉 As a culture lover, I think you will like it. Although you don’t celebrate Lunar New Year, I still wish you and your family a wonderful 2017 with lot of health, luck and prosperity 🙂

      1. Indeed. I’m planning for a trip to Central Vietnam this year. But I know one day I will have to return to visit the north. Thanks for the wishes! The same goes to you too!

    1. They are healthy too, although they were covered in sugar 🙂 My favorite flavors are coconut and kumquat which is very good for digestive system, especially after eating all those food.

      1. Oh yeah? Ah yes we recall now. The offerings are to the ancestors. We also saw (when we were children) that chicken and meats were offered. They were wrapped in cellophane though and we had them after lighting the joss sticks!

  2. Are these the baby steps towards transitioning to a food blog? 😉 Awesome cooking by the way. To be honest, I can’t believe how different Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine can be. I seriously haven’t seen any of that food (maybe I need to move away from just the pho hotspots…)

    1. We can see the food post as extra content 😉 I think food is a part of travel. We don’t go to other countries to eat things that we normally eat/ or can cook at home, right 🙂
      Moving away from the Phở hotspots might be a good idea 🙂 Different regions in Vietnam has their own specialty.

  3. Wow! Your photography is unbelievable. I will admit, I have been to Vietnam about 4 times in the past with work, probably 8 years ago – and I was never adventurous! I was so scared that I’d get sick that I would just live on rice. But now that i’ve been living abroad and traveling much more, i’ve become so much more open to new foods! And your post is making me want to go back to Vietnam! michelle

    1. Thanks a lot! I am glad to hear that 🙂 I was like you. Very skeptical about foods and drinks while travelling. So I used to stick with foods/food chains that I am familiar with. But foods belongs to culture as well, you learn by eating 🙂 Today, I am more open to new dishes, but there are still something I will never try such as insects, anything that is still moving or dishes that have strong odors…

    2. By the way, great blog! I like it a lot, especially your post about your first experiences in Germany. It looks like we all had troubles with Vodafone and its customer service 😉

      1. these ones no, but its hard to find good vietnamese food where i live now. back home in sydney there are large vietnamese communities so you really take it for granted 🙂

  4. Happy New Year, Len!! And very interesting post!! It’s always great to learn more about other cultures, and Vietnamese is quite unknown! Uuuummm now I’m craving for Vietnamese spring rolls… Do you know any good recipe in English?

    1. Happy New Year! I hope the Year of the Rat will bring you and your family a lot of health and success 🙂
      After doing some reasearch, I found these two guides are pretty comprehensive:
      Basically, you can be creative in making the filling. You can add/remove ingredients that you like/disklike. Good luck trying the new recipe 😉

      1. I hope it does!! And I wish this Year of the Rat brings you lots of good things too, Len!
        Uuummmm, I’m definitely going to try these recipes!! I’ve already done Chinese spring rolls (I love them!), but the Vietnamese (the ones I’ve tried so far) are something else, more tasty!

  5. It looks good. I have a taste for sticky rice. A Vietnamese friend of mine was in Vietnam this year for Tet – she’s still there. Seeing all the food she had was mouthwatering.

    1. Thanks 🙂 You should someday come to Vietnam for the Tet holiday. The big cities are surprisingly less crowded, and you can enjoy some special food which is only available during this season.

  6. Thanks for the culinary feast! I love the Vietnamese food that I eat at restaurants in Vancouver. Hopefully I’ll get to eat it in Vietnam one of these days. Happy New Year!

  7. I love glutinous rice cakes and I missed it terribly.
    My grandmother always prepare a luscious big bowl of rice cake with a special spices and herbs mixed with molasses and it´s a star of every family occasion.She would wrapped it in smoked banana leaves and the smell of pandan and banana leaves creates a unique and very tasty aroma.
    I tried to copy the recipe but I just can´t.
    She died last month at the age of 96 and I truly missed her.

    1. Sorry to hear about that 🙁 I think our grandmas always have a secret ingredient which cannot be replicated. Perhaps it is their love for us that make those dishes so tasty.

      Is the dish called Biko? I just googled it based on your descriptions. It looks addictive 🙂

      1. Yes, It´s called Biko. There are actually many variants of it but I love the siple taste of this and not too sweet. Nowayday I saw that they made too much caramel toppings I just can´t recognized the dish anymore.

      2. That is what I saw online. The entire dish is covered by caramel. Personally, I would like to have little caramel as possible. Because too much caramel will overwhelm other ingredients..

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