Happy Year of the Cat to all my Vietnamese readers! And Happy Year of the Rabbit to the rest of you!
The last time it was the Year of the Cat, I had a Vietnamese co-worker who had no idea what I was talking about. I didn't understand what she was asking because it never occurred to me that she didn't know that the Vietnamese zodiac has a cat, as opposed to the Chinese zodiac, which has a rabbit.
So in case you didn't know, now you do.
Vietnamese are not Chinese! Even though I'm both. :P And it's not Chinese New Year, it's the Lunar New Year! :)
My parents were in town this past weekend for my oldest uncle's 49th day death anniversary. My mom brought homemade chicken feet, banh tet (Vietnamese new year's sticky rice cakes), pickled leeks, mochi with red bean filling, nem chua (Vietnamese sour pork sausage), and gio thu (Vietnamese headcheese). Mmm.
Someone asked me once where to buy banh chung and banh tet (Vietnamese new year's sticky rice cakes) in Little Saigon. I didn't have any recommendations then because I always get mine from my family, but my friend DP stopped by the other night with these banh chung from ABC Baguette in Westminster and they were really spectacular. So if you haven't bought any yet, I highly recommend them.
My friend ordered a dozen, but they only had 11 banh chung and gave her one banh tet. She said she liked the banh tet better. And ya'll know that my family much prefers banh tet over banh chung.
I was so touched that my friend took time to bring me some banh chung when she has other stuff going on right now that are far more important. But it was a lovely reminder of why I cherish my long-time friends.
Because so far this morning? Year of the Cat is kicking me when I'm already down. :(
I hope it's far kinder to you, dear readers.
May this year be everything you hope it will be!
1 year ago today, Weekend Wokking #21 (chili peppers).
2 years ago today, beef udon stir-fry and pork chop rice at Dim Sum Express - Monterey Park.
3 years ago today, Banh Mi Hot Ga Op La (Vietnamese French Bread with Sunny-side Up Eggs).
4 years ago today, the golden crocus and primroses and Punxsutawney Phil says spring is coming.