October 28, 2020 12:23 | About us
Language: Tiếng Việt | ພາ​ສາ​ລາວ | ខ្មែរ | русский | 中文

Honeycomb-shaped pudding, heart-warming choice for cold days

16:06 | 06/04/2020

Locals in Phu Tho province – the birthplace of Vietnam – have a fine habit of cooking the ginger-rich honeycomb-shaped pudding (chè con ong in Vietnamese) on fairy cold days. This dish is a famous rustic food of the Northern midland mountains.   

honeycomb shaped pudding heart warming choice for cold days Cassava sweet soup, the perfect dessert to warm up cold winter days
honeycomb shaped pudding heart warming choice for cold days Vietnamese food processing firms raise production, take actions to prevent COVID-19
honeycomb shaped pudding heart warming choice for cold days How to make ‘bánh xèo’ (Crispy Vietnamese Crepes)
honeycomb shaped pudding heart warming choice for cold days
Honeycomb-shaped pudding is a favorite choice of many peole across Vietnam (Photo: VATC)

The dish earns the special name “honeycomb-shaped pudding” thanks to its eye-catching color and the sweet taste, as well as the way it’s presented. Honeycomb-shaped pudding is a must-have offering on every first day and full moon day of a lunar month in Phu Tho.

It’s quite complicated to make a stunning honeycomb-shaped pudding, and the recipe has been passed down on for generations. The rice to make honeycomb-shaped pudding must be carefully chosen, which is usually “nếp cái hoa vàng” – a type of glutinous rice whose seeds are full and round. In the old days, on harvesting seasons, middle-class mothers often put aside the most delicious glutinous rice grains to make honeycomb-shaped pudding.

The rice is soaked into water for five to six hours before steamed for half an hour. Traditionally, the glutinous rice must be steamed well before cooked into pudding.

honeycomb shaped pudding heart warming choice for cold days
You can sprinkle some sesame on top to enhance the flavor (Photo: Cet.edu)

The secret to cook a tasty honeycomb-shaped pudding is molasses. One must cut the rectangular molasses block into pieces first, then stir it well under the fire. Once the molasses melts, add the steamed glutinous rice in and mix them well. The cook must have skifful hand-stirring skill to make sure the steamed rice and the molasses blend together until the rice turns into a light brown colour.

To enhance the flavor, it's advisable to add some grounded gingers into the pot and stir well in some last minutes before the cooking is done. The warm, spiciness from ginger combined with the attractive fragrance of glutinous rice will make honeycomb-shaped pudding an irresistible choice for anyone each time winter approaches.

Honeycomb-shaped pudding is presented on small bowls or plates. Some might sprinkle some grounded peanuts or sesame on top to their likings. The cooked glutinous rice grain is slender and slim, just like the bee’s body, plus the color of the dish also resembles bee’s color. That’s why people name it honeycomb-shaped pudding.

honeycomb shaped pudding heart warming choice for cold days Dried milk cicadas, the taste of Son La

Dried milk cicadas is notably a must-try dish in Son La – the province in the northwest region of Vietnam. Fried with roasted cricket and ...

honeycomb shaped pudding heart warming choice for cold days Cuttlefish Egg Cake - the delicacy of in Ca Mau

Cuttlefish Egg Cake, the iconic dish of the southernmost region of Vietnam, such a delicacy that no one can truly define its attractiveness. It's probably ...

honeycomb shaped pudding heart warming choice for cold days Steam glutinous rice with ant egg: an exotic taste for foodies

If your next trip is Vietnam’s northern mountains, be mindful enough to try the steam glutinous rice with ant egg – the traditional dish of ...

Translated by Jasmine Le

VNT