A Vietnamese traditional deserts create a kind of special-flavor. It is considered the essence of the heaven and earth. Moon cakes, Tea with longan and lotus seed, Che kho are fragrant with an original flavor.
Moon cakes are an indispensable part of Vietnamese people’s celebrations of the Mid-Autumn Festival, which is held annually on the 15th day of the eight lunar month.
There are two types of moon cake; banh nuong (brown baked cake) and banh deo (snow skin sticky cake). The making of moon cakes has many steps, including processing the ingredients, making the crust and mixing the stuffing.
A traditional moon cake is filled with sliced lemon leaves, young kumquat, wampee, salted egg yolk, sausage, roast chicken, melon seeds and almond. All of the ingredients must be selected carefully and they must be mixed and cooked harmoniously together so that one can taste the flavour of each component.
In The’s opinion, the decisive factor in making a quality a moon cake is the preparation of the ingredients. High quality and well-processed ingredients help to make a high quality cake.
Tea with longan and lotus seed
With longan and lotus seeds, the Vietnamese can create a kind of special-flavor tea. It is considered the essence of the heaven and earth. The tea is fragrant with an original flavor.
The flavoured tea is tasty and refreshing, and can easily satisfy thirst as well as refresh the mind. The rich composition of natural nutrients give the tea healthy characters, keeping up spirits along with a clean, free and happy mood.
When in Viet Nam, this kind of tea is a must-try local product. The taste is excellent and it is a healthy drink. It can help ease sleep problems if you drink a cup of longan and lotus tea before going to bed.
Che kho (a kind of sweetened porridge) is a dish that often appears on the first day of Tet holiday in Viet Nam.
Some families make this dish to worship the Buddha and their ancestors. When the guests come, the hosts divide “che kho” into small pieces, which is usually served with lotus-scented tea. Che kho is made of green bean, which is as small as peppercorn.
Che kho should be light yellow in color, sweet and fragrant. Being put on the plate, it is necessary to sprinkle the surface with sesame. Che kho should be served cool and sliced into pieces.