Hung Lo chung cake

Hung Lo commune in Viet Tri, Phu Tho province is well known for making chung cakes, an essential element of a traditional Tet (Lunar New Year).

Chung cakes are made from glutinous rice, pork and greenbean paste, and wrapped in a square of “dong” (arrowroot)
leaves, which gives the rice a green tint after being boiled forten hours. Hung Lo chung cakes are famous for their taste, as localscarefully choose the ingredients.

Ingredients of Hung Lo chung cakes are selected carefully.

The craft has been maintained and developed in Hung Lo commune.

The villagers make chung cakes as offerings to Hung kings.

Chung cakes, a favorite specialty of Vietnamese people.

Hung Lo chung cakes has become a tourism product of the province.

Legend has it that the 18th Hung King could not decide on whohis successor would be. Finally, he decided that whoever of his sonsinvented the most delicious and symbolic food would become thenext ruler. Prince Lang Lieu made round day cakes, representing thesky and square chung cakes, symbolizing the earth. These were decidedby his father to be the best creation, and Lang Lieu took the throne.Prince Lang Lieu made the cakes in present day Hung Lo village.

Due to their quality, Hung Lo chung cakes are offered to the spiritof the Hung Kings during the festival dedicated to them in the thirdlunar month every year. Villagers are very proud of their traditionalcraft because they, on behalf of peoplenationwide offer chung cakes to Hung Kingsduring Tet and other festival days.

Hung Lo commune now has nearly 200households engaging in the making of chungcakes and providing the cakes to almost allmarkets and supermarkets in the province.

By Cong Dat