According to the website, these banh Chung (square packets, which symbolise the earth) and banh Day (round packets, which represent the sky) are figurative and flavorful foundations of Vietnam’s Lunar New Year celebrations (Tet). Celebrating Vietnam’s most important holiday requires a hopeful outlook -Tet marks the arrival of spring - and a strong appetite.
Banh Chung is made from the raw sticky rice, green beans, pork and wrapped in dong leaves which give the rice a green colour after boiling. The rice cake is wrapped in a square shape and boiled for about 12 hours.
In contrast to the fast food of modern life, the process of making Chung cake is time-consuming and requires the contributions of several people. In the traditional conception of the Vietnamese people, the process of making Chung cake is an opportunity for families to come together. Sitting around the warm fire, all the members of the family tell one another their past stories and get ready for New Year’s wishes.