Feb 2019

Tết 2019: Not Your Grandma’s Bánh Chưng (Come One, Come All Edition)

Tết 2019: Banh Chung Collective

My lovely friend Diep Tran has gathered a group to make banh chung for the past six years—check out previous festivities from 201320152017, and 2018. The annual event always puts me in the Tet spirit and I love that I get to share this tradition with June.

Tết 2019: Banh Chung Collective

This year’s gathering, which was held at Alma Backyard Farms in East Compton, was open to the public for the first time. See below for a few highlights from the 7th annual convening of the Banh Chung Collective.

Tết 2019: Banh Chung Collective

First comes the banana leaves, then comes the glutinous rice, shallots, mung beans, and pork.

Tết 2019: Banh Chung Collective

June was a pro at filling the banh chung.

Tết 2019: Banh Chung Collective

The lovely @c_ngo assembled the most perfect parcels.

Tết 2019: Banh Chung Collective

June legibly penned our names on the Foodsaver bags.

Tết 2019: Banh Chung Collective

Little Mira attended the festivities with her parents The Ravenous Couple and sister Emi.

Tết 2019: Banh Chung Collective

Natasha!

Tết 2019: Banh Chung Collective

Tien’s mom and sister!

Tết 2019: Banh Chung Collective

Alice and Vernon!

Tết 2019: Banh Chung Collective

Chúc mừng năm mới, everyone. Here’s to happiness, health, and prosperity this Year of the Pig.

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