Vietnamese Tet sticky rice cakes (banh chung) are a must-have for the Lunar New Year. When they’ve just been cooked, refreshed through a one-hour boiling, or warmed in the microwave oven, they are fabulously good. Each mouthful is redolent of the tea-like fragrance imparted by the leaves that the cake is wrapped in.
But if that’s not your cup of tea and/or you have leftovers, fry it up into a pancake! It works miracles on hardened, slightly-over- the-hill banh chung ("baan choong") too.