Jan 2017

Tết 2017: Not Your Grandma’s Bánh Chưng (InstaPot Edition)

Tet 2017 - Banh Chung Making Party

In preparation for Tết, my friends and I gathered this past weekend to make bánh chưng. Spearheaded by Chef Diep Tran of Good Girl Dinette, this annual tradition never fails to make me extraordinarily happy. There’s always great conversation and food, of course, but what really inspires me is preserving and celebrating Vietnamese foodways.

Tet 2017 - Banh Chung Making Party

This year’s event was particularly special because June was able to attend and participate. I hope she loves and looks forward to making and eating bánh chưng every Lunar New Year as much as her mama does.

Tet 2017 - Banh Chung Making Party

Diep kept things streamlined this year with only one filling: fish sauce-marinated pork belly with sautéed shallots and mung beans. Classic.

Tet 2017 - Banh Chung Making Party

After lining our molds with fresh banana leaves, we laid down some organic glutinous rice from Koda Farms that had been soaked overnight. Next came shallots and mung beans. Lastly, a slab of pork belly and a final flourish of glutinous rice.

Tet 2017 - Banh Chung Making Party

We wrapped the parcels as neatly as possible, tying each one with string.  Then into the FoodSaver bags with a heap of ice they went!

Tet 2017 - Banh Chung Making Party

The first two years we made bánh chưng, we went the traditional route and steamed and boiled them for hours and hours. Our third and fourth years, we used a sous vide machine which cut the cooking time in half. This year, we employed an InstaPot, and perfect bánh chưng emerged after only 30 minutes! It was something kind of magical.

Tet 2017 - Banh Chung Making Party

Erin and Diep’s looks of pure delight upon discovering that our beloved New Year’s treat could be made in only half an hour was pretty unforgettable.

Tet 2017 - Banh Chung Making Party

Freshly pressure-cooked bánh chưng. What would Grandma think of this?

Tet 2017 - Banh Chung Making Party

Chúc Mừng Năm Mới, everyone! Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy, prosperous, and innovative Year of the Rooster!

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3 thoughts on “Tết 2017: Not Your Grandma’s Bánh Chưng (InstaPot Edition)

  1. Wow! Do you have a recipe for this you can post? I’ve never seen this done in a pressure cooker!

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