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Monday, September 15, 2008

My Paternal Grandfather's Death Anniversary Dinner

I'm so used to taking pictures of everything these days that I do it automatically, even when I don't think I'll use the photos. And really, haven't you seen enough death anniversary dinner pictures? In case you missed it, my post about ancestor worship and death anniversary traditions.

Then I realized that banh khot (Vietnamese savory mini pancakes) was a new addition to my family's usual banquet spread.

Ong Noi's Death Anniversary Dinner

Since this follows my recent 100 Vietnamese Foods to Try list, I figured I'd go over some of the foods.

From the top left, going left to right:
Store-bought roast duck, #44. Cha Gio (Vietnamese Spring/Egg Rolls), and #81. Nem Nuong (Vietnamese Grilled Pork Patties) both made by my oldest uncle's wife.

Second row:
Tom Rang Muoi (Vietnamese Shrimp Fried with Salt) made by my youngest aunt's husband, store-bought steamed chicken, and #10. Banh It La Gai (Nettle Leaf Dumplings) made by my oldest uncle's wife.

Third row:
Crab, shiitake mushroom, and fish maw egg drop soup by my youngest aunt, I think banh ba trang (the Vietnamese pronunciation and spelling of Chinese bak chang (meat dumplings)), #9. Banh It Tran (Round Rice Dumplings with Pork, Shrimp, and Mung Beans) by my oldest uncle's wife, and scallop fritters by my youngest aunt's husband.

Fourth row:
Store-bought Xa Xiu (Chinese Barbecued Pork), scallop fritters again, Vietnamese coconut jelly, and #11. Banh Khot (Mini Savory Pancakes) by my youngest aunt.

So how many of the 100 Vietnamese Foods to Try have you checked off?

1 year ago today, 7 of 7 random things about me meme: I hate the word "foodie."


  1. Wow!! Look at all those yummy food spread!! Thank you for posting this :) It makes me think of home. My mom is Chinese and we do similar 'celebration.'

  2. Aside from the wonderful food spread, I noticed that you are blessed to have many uncles and aunties - family who are close to you. :)

  3. Now I know where you got your creativity and love of food from. Your whole family cooks!

  4. Is the coconut jelly made with gelatin or agar? I heard the owner of the store near us giving a recipe to customer for pandan jelly and she said to use agar, not gelatin. Any chance we could get the recipe for the coconut jelly - sounds yummy yo me.

  5. I will have to go back and read your post about ancestor worship and death anniversaries. I'm not familiar with those concepts.

    How great that each of your family members has a special dish to contribute. Everything looks scrumptious and inspires me to get busy on that 100 list.

  6. Cecil,
    Oh, that's good to know. The last time I posted about death anniversaries, a lot of people didn't know what I was talking about.

    Yes, my family makes lots of frequent appearances. :)

    Yup, even my uncles cook. :)

    Wish you were here to eat it!

    It's made with agar. I don't have a recipe. Not sure which auntie made it actually.

    Susan C.,
    Usually everyone brings something so it cuts down on the cooking for my youngest aunt or her husband, since the altar is at her house. I didn't bring anything this time though. :(

  7. banh khot!! looks so good. how come no one makes that when i'm home...

  8. Tania,
    I don't know who made them, but I assumed youngest aunt or her hubby? This was the first time I saw them!


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