|The 5th Traditional Southern Cake Festival attracted 18,000 visitors in Cần Thơ, the largest city in the Mekong Delta.— Illustrative Image vnexpress.net|
CẦN THƠ — The 5th Traditional Southern Cake Festival attracted 18,000 visitors in Cần Thơ, the largest city in the Mekong Delta.
Themed “Southern specialties toward integration”, the annual festival promoted traditional cakes made from rice, sticky rice, their powdered variations, and different types of vegetables typical of southern Việt Nam.
The festival featured 150 food stalls, 80 of which were reserved for exhibit and sell around 200 different types of traditional Vietnamese cakes including bánh tét, a cylindrical glutinous rice cake filled with green bean paste and pork fat; bánh ú, a small, pyramidal glutinous rice cake; bánh xèo, a rice pancake with shrimp; bánh bò dừa, a coconut-flavoured sponge cake; bánh đúc, rice cake made of rice flour and lime juice, and others.
There were 50 stalls reserved for regional specialties and handicrafts, and 20 for introducing special dishes of other countries, like Laos, South Korea, Japan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, France and Italy.
The festival had an area for 20 artisans from Cần Thơ City and other Mekong Delta provinces to show off their cooking skills.
Lê Thị Bé Bảy, an artisan in Bình Thủy District who demonstrated making bánh phu thê (Vietnamese conjugal cake), said, “Though this was not the first time I held a demo, I was still eager to introduce this unique cake to public.” — VNS