Banh Tet Rice Cake — Let’s Try Vietnamese Bánh Tét

What is Banh Tet rice cake? Let’s try this traditional Vietnamese rice cake.

What is Banh Tet Rice Cake

Banh tet rice cake is a staple dish served to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Vietnam. It’s a very popular dish in Vietnamese culture, and if you live near a Vietnamese market or deli, you’ll probably be able to give it a try–and I recommend you do. It’s pretty tasty, kind of addictive, and a bargain dish in the International District in Seattle. I’ve eaten many bánh tét rice cake since shooting this video, and I see many more in my future.

banh tet rice cake

Banh tet sticky rice cake filled with pork and mung bean paste

Making a bánh tét rice cake often begins the day before Tét. The ingredients are prepared then cooked for at least six hours in a pot of boiling water. Glutinous rice, mung bean paste, and cooked pork fat are the main ingredients. The ingredients are layered on top of banana leaves and then wrapped tightly together with string. Bánh tét are generally wrapped several times with a string before boiling in a large pot of water to prevent the banana leaf from coming apart during cooking. The cake is savory, but sometimes sweetened, and tastes great with chili sauce.

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Ever Try a Banh Mi sandwich?


What is in a Banh Mi? Lets take one apart and see what we got.
This is the best Banh Mi, so far–thanks to eastsidegirl1977 for the great Seattle recommendation. I’ve been eating lots of these Vietnamese/French fusion sandwiches–maybe too many–but it’s too great a taste and value to pass up.

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