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Specialties of the Têt festival in the center region | Culture – Sports

A central region Tet festival. (Photo:dulichvietnam.com.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – The long and narrow central part of the country with a harsh climate caused local residents to struggle with constant droughts and floods. Although they have led a difficult life, the people of the central region still try to organize a hearty meal to worship their ancestors during Tet (Lunar new year) festival. It reflects the wish for a family reunion, a prosperous and peaceful life in the new year.

The central region’s Tet festival is cooked very skillfully and meticulously. Food is divided into small plates and usually placed on round trays, showing an economical spirit. Popular central region dishes include boiled chicken, fried eggs, soups, vegetables and rice.

After offering the meal to the ancestors on the altar and burning incense, people eat together in a warm atmosphere.

While banh chung – square glutinous rice cake – is a staple of the New Year’s platter in the north, banh tet – the cylinder-shaped glutinous cake – is preferred by people in the central region. They can be of different length but all wrapped in banana leaves, filled with sticky rice, green beans and pork before boiling for 8-10 hours. Then the banh tet is cut into even circles.

Specialties of the Tet holiday in the central region hinh anh 2While banh chung – square glutinous rice cake – is a staple of the New Year’s platter in the north, banh tet – the cylinder-shaped glutinous cake – is preferred by people in the central region. (Photo: vnexpress.net)

The banh tet varied according to the people of each region. They can add lamb, goat meat or vegetarian ingredients to give them a weird taste and make them more delicious.

It is believed that the harsh climate of the central region is the reason why local residents pay more attention to the ability to preserve the Tet holiday.

In addition to banh chung, banh tet which can be stored for up to a month, dua mon is also a popular dish on occasion. Dua mon – slices of papaya, kohlrabi, carrot and onion were dried and dipped in fish sauce or typical Hue shrimp paste, retains its crispy and delicious taste even if it is kept for a long time. Dua mon is often served with banh tet in order to enjoy a combination of different tastes – sweet, salty, fatty and spicy.

Foods commonly found in central regionThe feast includes fresh dishes such as beef or pork dipped in fish sauce, Vietnamese beef sausage, nem chua (fermented pork).

The type of alcohol to put on the altar to worship the ancestors during the Tet holiday is also considered a specialty of each region such as Hong Dao alcohol from Quang Nam province, Bau Da alcohol from Binh Dinh province or Minh Mang alcohol in the old capital. from Hue. All of them create a traditional Têt platter full of flavors and full of homeland identity./.

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