Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, known as “Tet Trung Thu,” is Vietnam’s second most popular holiday, and a day to make mooncakes.
Like China, where the mid-autumn moon festival is also celebrated, Vietnam follows suit in the tradition of exchanging mooncakes. Mooncakes, called Bánh Trung Thu, are hearty pastries filled with either a sweet or savory creamy filling, rendered into the shape of a full moon. The skin of the pastry is traditionally stamped with wishes of goodwill and fortune, but on the streets of Saigon and in the cupboards of boutique eateries, I saw mooncakes sculpted into delicate blossoms or shaped into the Chinese Zodiac animal being celebrated that year. You can go the homemade route, buy wholesale from the makeshift sidewalk stalls, or collect artisanal at upper crust bakeries. The pastries tend to be overly sweet and calorie heavy so usually, one cake is cut into little segments and shared between family members. The sweetness is typically cut with a cup of with herbal tea.
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