Tết Đoan Ngọ
|Do you happen to see these cakes a lot in Viet Nam these days?|
Today we Vietnamese are celebrating Tet Doan Ngo – a traditional festival held on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month in the year. This festival is also popular in China and Korea.
In Viet Nam, Tet Doan Ngo is also known as “Tet sau bo” (insects killing festival). Farmers on this day get rid of all pests to start growing their crops for the new season. Tet Doan Ngo is also an occasion when the Vietnamese people show their gratitude to others.
Just like how bánh chưng is the soul of Tết (new year holiday), bánh ú tro (photo above) is a prime traditional food of Tet Doan Ngo. Bánh ú tro is pyramidal sticky rice cakes wrapped in bamboo leaves. The sticky rice is soaked in fine, soft ash water, which gives bánh ú tro a transparent look and a light texture. That’s why “ash” (tro) is part of the banh’s definitive name. People often eat these almost tasteless tiny cakes with white sugar.
In Da Nang and many other cities, households also serve duck on this day.