The Banh u (pyramid sticky rice cake) is one of the essential dishes for Tet Doan Ngo, a Vietnamese summer festival during which people are believed to cleanse the body and spirit. This year, Tet Doan Ngo falls on Friday. The festival, celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, is also referred to as the pest killing festival. This year, three days before the festival, Nguyen Van Tri’s family started to prepare thousands of pyramid-shaped sticky rice cakes to sell on this occasion. In a small alley off Pham The Hien street, his family got busy making and wrapping the cake in bamboo leaves. "The vocation of making sticky rice cake in bamboo leaves was introduced to this hamlet in 1975," Tri said. "Back then, everyone in this long alley was involved, but now, only 20 households are doing it now. Tri recalled the happy time when Tet Doan Ngo approached, and the entire hamlet got busy, soaking the rice, washing the wrapping leaves and … [Read more...] about Saigon hamlet makes rice cakes for summer cleansing festival
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By Hồng Minh Phan Thị Kim Ngân has been working diligently for more than 40 years to preserve the tradition of making southern rice cakes. It was early afternoon when many people take a nap but in the rustic homes of Phan Thị Kim Ngân and Bảy Muôn in Sơn Islet (Cần Thơ City) the place was abuzz with activity. There was no sleeping. Delightful aromas of coconut and sesame filled in the air as Ngân was instructing her visitors how to make bánh lá mít (rice cakes rolled in jackfruit leaves) and bánh kẹp cuốn (crispy rolls with sesame). Simple but scumptious bánh lá mít. VNS Photo Hồng Minh Sơn Islet in Bình Thủy District has been popular among tourists since 2015 with local households offering different community-based services such as visiting fruit orchards, catching fish and cooking local delicacies. Unlike other households, Ngân only makes … [Read more...] about Rice is twice as nice in a cake
Despite the cold weather in the early morning, many Vietnamese were present at the Embassy to prepare to make chung cake. All preparations to make the cakes were made the night before. In Russia, almost all ingredients to make chung cake are available except for dong leaves and bamboo string which must be brought from Vietnam. Yen, a member of staff at the embassy, said that these dong leaves were brought from her hometown of Hung Yen in Vietnam. She noted that these la nep are more fragrant than wild dong leaves, making the chung cake more delicious and beautiful. All staff at the embassy and Vietnamese people in the host country gathered together to prepare to make the cakes in a joyful atmosphere. Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo DucManh and his wife also enthusiastically joined the making of chung cake with others. Holding the wrapped cake by himself, the Ambassador said that “This is the second year that the Embassy has held chung cake making on the Tet festival. This is … [Read more...] about Vietnamese community in Russia makes chung cake for Tet
Education Publishing House: is it making a profit or taking a loss? The controversy continues. VietNamNet Bridge - The Education Publishing House (EPH) reported that it incurs a loss of VND40 billion each year in printing and distributing textbooks. Publishing is carried out in accordance with the Education and Publishing Laws However, its financial report shows that it makes a profit of VND150 billion, though textbooks account for 60 percent of revenue. In principle, textbooks, after being compiled and edited, must get approval from an inspection team before they are signed into publishing by Minister of Education and Training The content of textbooks must not be amended without the education ministry’s approval. The content of textbooks has remained unchanged since 2002-2008, when the textbooks were first published. US$1=VND22,000 RELATED NEWS New policy may make it more difficult to control textbook market Is there a new battle for textbook market share? Kim Chi … [Read more...] about Education Publishing House: is it making a profit or taking a loss? The controversy continues.
Like other villages in Vietnam, people of Dam village, also known as Bich Tri hamlet, Ha Nam province, mainly live on agricultural production. Located about 70km south of Hanoi, Dam village is famous for making Chung, square sticky rice, cakes and cassava vermicelli. Making Chung cakes at Nguyen Thi Phuong’s house. (Photo: Ngoc Anh) Dam is one of Vietnam’s multi-craft villages. At first, Dam villagers made Chung cakes just for themselves and their neighbors. It eventually turned into the main trade of locals. Along with Lo Khe, Tranh Khuc, and Phu Thuong village in Hanoi and Bo Dau in Thai Nguyen, Dam village has a reputation for making Chung cakes. Dam villagers cook Chung cakes all year round but are busiest on the 1st and 15th day of each lunar month and at Lunar New Year. Though Dam-branded Chung cakes are wrapped by hand, all are neatly shaped. Villager Nguyen Thi Phuong told VOV, “We select the best ingredients. The stuff has green bean and mixed lean and fat … [Read more...] about Dam village makes Chung cake, cassava vermicelli