Trying to name genuine things of a particular culture by different language is really an absurd idea. In one aspect, you can hardly find transformative word which has balanced meaning to the original. Furthermore, the idea behind that word will be definitely ceased or even completely changed at the moment you transform the way to call it.

Today is the last day of the year of the horse 2014, we celebrate a new year to come with conventional dishes and customs. Albeit the teenagers love to use milk and cereal like Western style, the elders and adults tend to eat more old-fashioned viand.

What is the most important thing to create a Tet mood? The answer is fresh flowers with a diverse range of shapes, colors and scents. However, not anyone can afford that choice cause sometimes the price is too high so that many families prefer to use the artificial fabric flowers.

For the decoration, it would be fine to use this soilution but the flowers given to our ancestor should always be real and beautiful. This morning, we enjoy “bánh chưng” and “dưa món” which are two Tet foods that every Vietnamese family is familiar with.

“Bánh chưng” is a rectangular cake which is mainly made from sticky rice, green gram and pork. All the ingredients are covered inside many layers of green leaves so-called “lá dong” (with or without a mold) and then steamed in a big metal pot heated by dried wooden pieces.

We love to combine food together, one can be eaten without others, in this case “bánh chưng” and “dưa món” are a wonderful pair excatly like salad and mayonnaise.

Would you like to come and join us in the traditional Tet holiday? We might not have delicious cocktail but cool ice tea is always free to offer :).

All the photos, graphics and contents on this page are our own creations unless stated otherwise
Ho Chi Minh city, Viet Nam


  1. Mabel Kwong

    Happy Tết, Khan. New year for Vietnamese, and for us Chinese too. That breakfast looks delicious, I don’t mind coming over and having some of it. We eat similar kinds of steamed sticky rice in yum cha, so I am sure I’ll enjoy it. Cool ice tea? I’ll have some of that too. In my Chinese Malaysian family, we have a vegetarian breakfast on the first day of the new year. So quite a different breakfast. Happy New Year, and have a prosperous year ahead 🙂 ❤

    • vothikhanhhoa

      I love to hear that we share the same taste of cuisine 🙂 Our similarities as well as our differences make the world a better place to live. Thank you for being a kind-hearted person, wish you a brilliant start in the new year to come ❤

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