Chung Cake (Square Sticky Rice Cake) and Day Cake (Round Glutinous Rice Cake) – two popular Vietnamese traditional cakes are must foods at Tet festival – the biggest festival of the country Vietnam. They are also favorite foods of many Vietnamese people who have been told “The legend of Chung Cake and Day Cake” – a famous story about the cakes since they were young. In the opinion of Vietnamese people, Day Cake is not only food but also the symbol of pious, fullness and the Sky because it is round shaped.
Ingredient for Round Glutinous Rice Cake is high-quality glutinous rice which is soaked in water for a few hours, drained off, then steamed into steamed glutinous rice. Grinding the steamed glutinous rice is the most important step in making the cake. The people who grind it must be patient, strong, skillful, and experienced so that the result is smooth, shiny, sticky and does not stick to fingers. The grounded steamed glutinous rice cut into small pieces which are formed into round and flat cakes.
Round Glutinous Rice Cake is usually put on a small piece of banana leaf. Some people prefer to eat the cake with sugar. Some people fry the cake until crispy. Vietnamese people usually eat the cake with Vietnamese pork roll slice and/or Vietnamese cinnamon pork patties, Vietnamese pork cheese. They usually sell ready portions of 2 Day Cakes filled with a slice of Vietnamese pork roll slice and/or a slice of Vietnamese cinnamon pork patties. Round Glutinous Rice Cake is also covered with steamed mung bean. Quan Ganh Round Glutinous Rice Cake in Hanoi is filled with a mixture of mung bean, sugar, coconut meat or a mixture of mung bean, fatty pork, black pepper, then wrapped in banana leaves and tighten with red strips.
Day Cake is put on small pieces of banana leaf
Day Cake is filled with mung bean
Round Glutinous Rice Cake is coated with mung bean
Round Glutinous Rice Cakes are served with Vietnamese Pork Roll
Quan Ganh Round Glutinous Rice Cake is wrapped in banana leaves into a square shape, tighten with red strips