Ho Chi Minh City students make ‘banh chung’ for the disadvantaged

Banh chung (square glutinous rice cake) making is a staple of the Spring Volunteer Campaign – a volunteer opportunity for students in Ho Chi Minh City universities to help provide a joyful Tet for disadvantaged people. The event took place on Sunday, attracting over 700 volunteers from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities (HCMC USSH). This year’s activity attracted 953 participants, all of whom are volunteers of the campaign. The finished products were gifted to the disadvantaged people living in the Ho Chi Minh City. A volunteer prepares the glutinous rice for banh chung. Photo: Tuoi Tre As well as banh chung, volunteers also made banh tet, a cylindrical glutinous rice cake and a southern counterpart to the northern banh chung. Photo: Tuoi Tre Many students struggled as this was their first time making banh chung. “I always made banh tet back in my hometown, yet this is the first time I’ve made banh chung. Although the product wasn’t perfect, I was happy nonetheless knowing my cakes will reach the poor and needy,” Son Van Thuan, a 20-year-old volunteer, said. Photo: Tuoi Tre Happy volunteers with their final batch of banh chung. Photo: Tuoi Tre A foreigner assists in making banh tet. Photo: Tuoi Tre Mary, 56, from the U.K, said the experience was eye-opening and meaningful. Photo: Tuoi Tre The volunteers from HCMC USSH made over 500 cakes in total. Photo: Tuoi Tre A volunteer chops wood to boil water for steaming the cakes…. [Read full story]


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