Prep 1 hr
Cook 6 hrs
Vietnamese Lunar New Year(Tet) will never be complete without this cake. It's very heavy, very filling, an Atkin dieter's nightmare, but it taste amazing. It takes a LONG time to cook. You read right that it takes 6 hours. And overnight soaking of rice and beans!
- You will also need: Strings and 6 phrynium leaves or aluminum foil can be used as substitute.
- Steam or boil mung bean with half a tsp of salt until soft, may take up to 45 minutes depending on how large your steamer is.
- Smash bean thoroughly.
- Place 2 leaves in one direction, slightly overlapping, then 2 perpendicular, also overlapping, and the last layer like the first.
- If use aluminum foil, place them crossing each other.
- Place half of the rice on the leaves, topped with half of the mung beans.
- Lay the pork on top of the beans, and then add the last of the beans followed by last of the rice.
- Fold the leaves/foils over the cake very tightly into a square, use string to secure the cake.
- Place in a large pot, cover with water and boil for about 6 hours.
- Add water every hour if necessary.
- After 6 hours or so, remove the cake, submerge it into cold water for a few minutes.
- The cake lasts up to 10 days on a cool dry place.
- The easiest way to cut up the cake is to open it and use the string to cut it up into 8 portions.
- Best served with pickled onions.