Happy New Lunar Year! (Year of the Cat)

Happy New Lunar Year! (Year of the Cat)

Chúc Mừng Năm Mới (Happy New Year!)! For Vietnamese, today is the first day of the Year of the Cat (Mèo), which is the "rabbit" in the Chinese zodiac.

If you're wondering what the plant is, it's cherry blossom flowers. It's decorated with red envelopes that contain "lucky money", called lì xì. The first morning of the New Year is a celebration (Tết) where adults congratulate children on becoming a year older by giving them these lì xì. We also decorated the house with a lot of red color, which is a sign of happiness. We cooked quite a few vegetarian Vietnamese dishes to observe the tradition of eating vegetarian food (ăn chay) on the last day of the previous year and first day of New Year.

Finally, if you want to get in on the festivities, I’ve collected a list of some of my favorite dishes for Tết for you to try. Enjoy!




Vietnamese Chili Salt: An Exotic Flavor Enhancer for Fruit

How to Make Fried Pot Stickers (Vegetarian Potsticker Recipe)

Vietnamese Tofu Stuffed Betel Leaves


Canh Bap Cuon (Stuffed Cabbage Soup Recipe)

Bun Rieu Chay Recipe (Vietnamese Vegetarian Vermicelli Rice Noodle Soup)

Soybean Soup with Gingko Nuts (Healthy Soup Recipe)

Vegetarian Wonton Soup Recipe


Vegetable Honey Tofu Stir-Fry Recipe

Bi Chay (Vietnamese Vegetarian Recipe)

Vegetarian Fish in Nori Rolls (Ca Keo Chay)

Pineapple Tofu Recipe with King Mushrooms

Bottle Gourd Recipe with Tofu

Braised Tofu in Miso Broth

Banh Mi Mam Chay (Vietnamese Vegetarian Sandwich Recipe)

Green Jackfruit with Tofu

Braised Rolled Tofu Skin Recipe (Yuba)

Mapo Tofu Recipe

Soy Gluten

Vegan Stir Fry Recipe: Fried Gluten with Vegetables

Deep Fried Black Pepper and Sesame Soy Gluten with Choy Sum

Side Dishes

Soybean Sprouts with Black Bean Sauce

Vietnamese Vegetables with Ginger (Rau Muong Xao Gung)

Healthy Grapefruit and Bok Choy Salad Recipe

Choy Sum with Oyster Sauce

Vietnamese Desserts

Vietnamese Deep Fried Banana Fritters with Ginger Coconut Mascarpone Sauce

Chocolate filled Sticky Rice Balls with Coconut

Sweet Coconut Red Bean Soup with Corn

Cassava Coconut Vietnamese Cake (Banh Khoai Mi)

Coconut and Sweet Tapioca Pudding with Bananas (Che Chuoi in Vietnamese)

Vietnamese Drinks

Ca Phe Sua Nong (Vietnamese-Style Coffee)

Ginger Lemongrass Drink

Sweet Tamarind Drink (Nuoc Da Me)

Thai Iced Tea (Tra Thai in Vietnamese)


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