The Color of T


Firstly, let me explain what Têt is. Têt is essentially Vietnamese New Year, which falls into the same time as the Chinese New Year since we both use lunar calendar. Tet is the celebration of spring and New Year. It is also the most important holiday for us. In my extended family, the preparation for Tet starts at least a month or so before the event. My grandmothers (from both mom´s and dad´s sides) prepare a lot of traditional dishes and sweets for the New Year, then “distribute” to their children´s families. Both of my grandmothers are excellent cook and we all appreciate their efforts to keep the tradition alive.

But this year I won´t be home for Tet due to working commitments. It is very sad indeed since Tet, after all, is the time for family gathering. To compensate a little for this, I will start making a bit more Vietnamese traditional food…

One of the essential Tet dish is this Sweet Red Glutinous Rice – Xôi Gâc. The beautiful red color matches the festive mood perfectly. The color does not come from any chemical food coloring but naturally from a fruit called G

15 Responses to The Color of T

  1. Ulrike says:

    Thanks for joining the WHB this week. I always learn about new plants like gac.Perhap I have the opportunity to try them myself.

  2. Gattina says:

    Right, in the first glance, I thought it’s jackfruit, but inside of the fruit is so much different. Anyway, the fruit itself has such a radiant color! I love glutinous rice, sweet or savory. Yours the presentation is very pretty!

  3. Angie says:

    Anh, thanks for this post on gac, a really interesting looking fruit. Though you can’t be home for new year, there’ll be lots of pple wh will celebrate together with you :)

  4. Kalyn says:

    What a great entry. Every week you find something interesting to share! I have not heard of this fruit or this type of rice, so I have been learning a lot!

  5. Ann says:

    Hi chi, I followed the link to your blog from WTT. Lovely site it is :) and i’m glad i found it! I have always wondered what kind of camera you use to capture all of these dishes. They look totally amazing! If you don’t sharing the info on it, please do.

  6. Ann says:

    i meant, if you don’t mind sharing the info, please do :)

  7. Susan says:

    What a lovely site you have here! I enjoyed learning about Tet, and your rice cakes are beautiful. I’ll be visiting again.

  8. WhItE_PoPlAr says:

    Ulrike, hope one day you can find Gac to try…

  9. Helene says:

    The fruit is looking great. Around the corner an asian market opened a week ago; I go and ask them..:))

  10. sra says:

    What a lovely colour, am not able to see the pudding itself, tho’, except for the thumbnail on Ulrike’s round-up. How does this fruit taste? Like jackfruit?

  11. Sue (coffeepot) says:

    My goodness something else I have never known of!

  12. WhItE_PoPlAr says:

    Helene, all the best for you in finding it. I haven’t found the fresh one in Melbourne at all.

  13. simcooks says:

    Thanks for visiting my site :)
    Is the Gac fruit found only in Vietnam?

  14. WhItE_PoPlAr says:

    Simcooks, Gac is available throughout Vietnam. I am not sure whether other Asian countries have it or not though.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Ms Anh, thank you so much for posting this recipe!

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