US Ambassador wraps Chung cakes for first Tet in Vietnam

Update: 10:25 | 08/02/2018
US Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel J. Kritenbrink attempt to wrap Chung cakes (square glutinous rice cake) with the guidance of experts at his home in Ha Noi, this is the first time he has celebrated the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival in Vietnam.
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US Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel J. Kritenbrink assembles Chung cakes at his house on February 5 as part of celebrations for the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival in Vietnam.
us ambassador wraps chung cakes for first tet in vietnam
Materials need to be prepared such as large green leaves known as dong (phrynium placentarium), rice, pork meat, and mung beans.
us ambassador wraps chung cakes for first tet in vietnam
Under the guideline of artisan Anh Tuyet, US Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel J. Kritenbrink carefully folds dong leaves around the Chung cakes.
us ambassador wraps chung cakes for first tet in vietnam
He said the intricate process of layering leaves around the Chung cakes was quite complicated, however, he did well and it looked rather pretty.
us ambassador wraps chung cakes for first tet in vietnam
This is the first time he has ever made a Chung cake and he seems excited to try the new experience.
us ambassador wraps chung cakes for first tet in vietnam
us ambassador wraps chung cakes for first tet in vietnam
Artisan Anh Tuyet said the Ambassador did very well for an American who has never made the cake before, it was impressive.
us ambassador wraps chung cakes for first tet in vietnam
us ambassador wraps chung cakes for first tet in vietnam
us ambassador wraps chung cakes for first tet in vietnam
US Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel J. Kritenbrink is overjoyed with the finished product of wrapping up his first Chung cake.
us ambassador wraps chung cakes for first tet in vietnam
The Ambassador takes care when placing the cake into a pot for boiling.
us ambassador wraps chung cakes for first tet in vietnam
Artisan Anh Tuyet guides him in unfolding the Chung cake
us ambassador wraps chung cakes for first tet in vietnam
and the ingenious method of using the ties to cut the cake.
us ambassador wraps chung cakes for first tet in vietnam
us ambassador wraps chung cakes for first tet in vietnam
He seems very excited to taste his first attempt at a Chung cake.
us ambassador wraps chung cakes for first tet in vietnam
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(Source: VOV)