Trays featuring food from the country's three regions and various offerings for the Lunar New Year festival, known locally as Tet, have been vividly created using clay by an artisan in Ho Chi Minh City. Nguyen Tan Dat from District 3 in Ho Chi Minh City says he has spent more than a month completing collections of Tet trays. Traditional Tet offerings from northern localities include Banh Chung (a sticky rice cake), thịt đông (pork jelly), dưa hành (pickled onions), giò nạc (boiled lean pork sausage), and boiled chicken. Unlike northerners, people in the central region prefer displaying few items such as nem chua (fermented pork roll), boiled pork and tré (a combination of sliced boiled pig ears and beef, pepper, salt, minced garlic and powdered grilled rice) on the tray. However, a boiled chicken is more popular these days. Thit kho (simmered pork) is a typical southern delicacy each Tet. Like Banh Chung in the north, Banh Tet (cylindric glutinous rice cake) is a specialty in the south. A tray featuring a variety of traditional food items is said to bring both prosperity and good fortune to a family in the New Year. Xoi gac (steamed momordica glutinous rice) and Banh… Read full this story
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