Luna New Year or Tet Holiday is an important and sacred time of Vietnamese people. Today I would like to introduce some Traditional Vietnamese Food in Northern, Middle and Southern Vietnam at this time. I hope this post can help you to find some ideas for your own Tet Holiday.
First, I will introduce 3 best dishes in Northern Area for you guys.
1. Pickled Welsh Onion (Muối Củ Hành)
For a long time, this Traditional Vietnamese Food has existed in every Vietnamese’s meals in Luna New Year. It is quite easy to make, so I would like to guide you on how to make it in this article. Firstly, you have to collect the old welsh onion, hard and then cut away from its tail, only keeping the roots. Next, you mash them in the ash water which includes borax in 2 days and 2 nights.
After that, pick up and take off the roots and the crust of them. Following, put into one box and then adding some salt. Remember, you have to can the box carefully, do not let the wind go inside. After 2 weeks, you can take them out and put into another box. In this new box, pour the vinegar sugar together. Next 3 days, you can enjoy it.
2. Frozen Meat: (Thịt Đông)
Frozen meat is a typical food of Northern Area. However, it is considered one of most Traditional Vietnamese Food due to it has a long history and existing every Luna New Years’ time. The main ingredient of this style of food is pork. The making of this food is easy, but it is quite weird.
Firstly, cooking it till the meat is soft and then put the pot outside the door for one night. Remember, closing the cap carefully, does not anything go inside it. At the next day, you will have one delicious frozen food.
3. Stewed Beef with Cinnamon: (Bò Kho Quế)
I do not have a chance to enjoy this food. So I cannot describe the tasty of this food. However, I searched for some information to make this food.
To make it, you need to choose the encrusted beef. Next chilled it with garlic’s water, fish sauce and salt and then put the pork inside it. Rolling it and tied it hardly. Next, frying it in some second and then stewing it carefully in the pot. Then, putting the beef in the hot water includes some soya bean, sugar and some cinnamon. Till the meat is soft, you can take it out and enjoy it.
*** In Middle Area, Vietnam:
Hue’ s Sour Shrimp (Tôm Chua)
Sour shrimp is selling widely around in not only Vietnam but also some country like Thailand. However, Huế’s sour shrimp is the best Traditional Vietnamese Food. In just one food, you can taste the sweet fleshy of shrimp, the fat and delicious of meat, spicy of chili, garlic, sour of star fruit and wine of banana.
All of it will bring the Tết’s flavor to you. The making of this food is quite difficult, so I suggest the best way is go to the supermarket and buy one.
*** Southern Area, Vietnam:
1) Pickled Bean Sprouts (Dưa Giá):
This Traditional Vietnamese Food is an unforgettable food of southern residents. It is more delicious if you eat it with stewed meat or girdled-cake. In Luna New Year’s Day, every food is fatty and oily, so pickled bean sprouts are food that balances them.
2) Pickled Chinese Scallion (Củ Kiệu):
You can buy pickled scallion heads everywhere like supermarket, store, but I think making it by yourself is better. Firstly, mashing it in the ash water for one night, next clean and take away the roots and leaves. Then, drying them for next 4 hours and then chilling it with sugar. Finally put them in the pot for next 10 days. To make them is more colorful and beautiful; you can add some dried carrot.
To sum up, from north to south, each area has their own specific food which can not replace. The people who lives in these areas can not forget flavor of Traditional Vietnamese Food when you live apart, even in another countries. They try to find them for eating, especially in Tet Holiday when every members in family has a chance to see and share everything together.
Do not miss our next post about Food for Lunar New Year in Vietnam to find our more interesting Traditional Vietnamese Food with us. Happy Lunar New Year, everyone.
From EZ Vietnamese Cuisine Team.