Many Vietnamese prepare for the Lunar New Year by cooking special holiday foods, such as these banh chung displayed by Xuan Phan, owner of the Pho Dragon restaurant, and manager Tan Nguyen. The delicacy, essentially sticky rice with vegetables or meat filling cooked in banana leaves, are similar to tamales. The whole roast pork at right is part of a larger offering to bring the restaurant good luck and to honor their ancestors.
Many Vietnamese prepare for the Lunar New Year by cooking special holiday foods, such as these banh chung displayed by Xuan Phan, owner of the Pho Dragon restaurant, and manager Tan Nguyen. The delicacy, essentially sticky rice with vegetables or meat filling cooked in banana leaves, are similar to tamales. The whole roast pork at right is part of a larger offering to bring the restaurant good luck and to honor their ancestors. Drew Perine dperine@thenewstribune.com
Many Vietnamese prepare for the Lunar New Year by cooking special holiday foods, such as these banh chung displayed by Xuan Phan, owner of the Pho Dragon restaurant, and manager Tan Nguyen. The delicacy, essentially sticky rice with vegetables or meat filling cooked in banana leaves, are similar to tamales. The whole roast pork at right is part of a larger offering to bring the restaurant good luck and to honor their ancestors. Drew Perine dperine@thenewstribune.com

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