Hội Chợ Tết Footscray- Vietnamese New Year Festival in Footscray 2013
Melbourne was blessed with perfect weather yesterday, not a cloud in sight. Footscray hosted the East Meets West Lunar festival, one of the many Vietnamese Lunar festivals in Melbourne. The streets were the lined with stall holders, loud music and Vietnamese opera blaring from speakers. The wafting smell of smokey food being cooked on the bbq and charcoal was exciting, it brought me back to my childhood.
Growing up I always looked forward to going hội chợ tết with my family and seeing my friends there. The highlight was always the food, my parents would let us spend our li si money on whatever we wanted. It was so much fun racing around the different vendors and deciding who had the best Bò Lá Lốt (beef in betel leaves) or Nem Nướng (pork skewers). Nothing has really changed I still search and look at each stallholder first before going back to the one with the most tempting food.
Above are characters in traditional Vietnamese costumes.
Mục Khô- this pungent dish of dried squid is grilled over charcoal before being shredded and served with chilli and plum sauce. Best beer food according to my dad.
Bánh Khot- a small cake that is made from rice flour, coconut and turmeric. It has a crusty outer layer and is filled with prawns and mung beans.
Bò Lá Lốt- beef in betel leaves didn’t disappoint, juicy and fragrant from the lemongrass. It was delicious.
Bánh chuối- Grilled sticky rice filled with banana and drenched in coconut cream.
There was a couple of new dishes I had not seen at the festivals in Melbourne before and this was one of them. Their called Angel cakes, BBQ rice-paper filled with egg and spices. Soft in the middle with crunchy ends.
Goi Bánh Tráng- was the other new dish I hadn’t seen before. It is made up of rice-paper, shredded carrots, papaya, Vietnames mint, grilled cuttlefish, quail eggs, dried shrimp and topped with a pungent fremented fish sauce with chilli. I am not sure if this dish was created here in Australia or brought back from Vietnam but I love it and encompasses all things that Asians crave for in a dish. Crunch, spice, sweet, heat, chewy and of course salty.
The perfect party dish for a hot day with a cold beer.
Chúc mừng năm mới- Happy New Year
Lady Rice x
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