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Round sticky rice cakes with pork pie

November 22, 2007          1875 views

According to a Vietnamese folk tale, banh giay gio was invented by a prince named Lang Lieu. As a way to determine his successor, the prince's father had instructed his many sons to find the most delicious foods in the world.

With the help of the gods, Lang Lieu - who was too poor to travel -concocted banh giay gio from cheap and readily-available local ingredients. The old king found this pair of cakes more delicious than all of the exotic delicacies procured by his other sons.

These cakes are usually served together. One cake, made from steamed sticky rice, is formed into a rounded shape, like the vault of the sky. This cake is often served with pork pate. The other cake, also made of sticky rice, is shaped like a square. This square cake is devoted to the Earth-Mother. Perhaps the most famous place to sample these cakes is Quan Ganh, a village15km to the south of Hanoi on National Highway 1A.

Source: Hanoi administration tourism


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