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Chef Hue-Chan Karels' Recipe for Life and Living
Written and Photographed by Douglas Merriam
When it comes to cooking and living, Santa Fe chef Hue-Chan (pronounced "Way-Chen") Karels has been profoundly influenced by her Vietnamese grandmothers and mother.
April 27, 2021
Among Open Kitchen's many offerings are curated, interactive dining experiences.
February 12, 2021
Complex Carryout: Three Santa Fe restaurants excel at serving multicourse meals to-go
The Importance of Bánh Chưng to the Vietnamese People
Bánh chưng or chưng cake is a traditional Vietnamese rice cake made from simple local ingredients such as glutinous rice, mung beans, and pork, wrapped in banana leaves and boiled or steamed. It is an irreplaceable, must-have food item to celebrate Tết Nguyên Đán, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year (known simply as “Tết”), which means “Feast of the First Morning of the First Day of Spring.” Banh chưng is served with pickled onions or vegetables and savory fish, pork, or beef. The making and eating of bánh chưng during Tết is a well-preserved tradition of the Vietnamese people.
January 26, 2021