Quan An Ngon observes Tet

Update: February, 02/2016 - 09:53
A calligrapher offers his writing.
HA NOI (VNS)  — Quan An Ngon today opens a Tet Market Day, a traditional culture of Viet Nam, to give locals and foreigners in Ha Noi the taste of traditional characteristic foods.
Glutinous rice square cakes and other Tết staple foods.

At the market, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a calligrapher to write a significant beautiful calligraphy on the spot which could bring the person good luck in the entire year.

A large variety of preserved fruits and jams.

One can go around to choose and buy different foods such as organic dried bamboo shoots, vermicelli, wood ears, and field mushrooms ordered from the northern province of Tuyen Quang and gingersnap, sugar coated lotus seeds, damson cheese, and preserved kumquats, in addition to different meat pastes made by professional artisans, and organic vegetables.

All things chicken, the stand at Quán Ăn Ngon offers all kinds of noodles with chicken soup.

Visiting the market, one can also join the wrapping of the banh chung (square cake) by oneself or be guided by an artisan to do it, or you can have a chance to enjoy on the spot a hot cake which has been boiled for almost 14 hours.

Plentiful organic Tết foods and goods are now available at Tết Market Day at Quán Ăn Ngon Restaurant at 18 Phan Bội Châu St. in Hà Nội. — All photos are of courtesy of Quán Ăn Ngon Restaurant

Professor To Ngoc Thanh, a researcher of Vietnamese traditions, praised Quan An Ngon for preserving the Tet Market Day although old traditional habits have somewhat faded into oblivion.

"Images here have created a market full of national traditions and culture," Thanh said, and added that he bought a couple of banh chung from this market last year which welcomed thousands of guests.

The event will last until this Saturday at 18 Phan Bội Châu Hà Nội. — VNS