One week before Tet, every morning since 6 am, several people in Hanoi, despite the freezing weather, line up outside Quoc Huong shop on Hang Bong Street, Hoan Kiem District to buy the shop’s banh chung (Vietnam’s traditional square sticky rice cake) and other traditional Tet food.
The shop, which is known for making the cake with traditional recipe and method, doesn’t accept order in advance. Prices vary between VND50,000 and VND60,000 depending on sizes, and pork and beef pies are sold for around VND180,000 – 200,000 per kilogram.
Now 80 years old, Quoc Huong’s owner Nguyen Thi Chan hailed from Uoc Le village, which is known for making banh chung hundreds years ago. Thousands of the Tet cakes are sold every day, especially during Tet.