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January 31, 2011

A Tet menu from Ho Chi Minh City

I am a Facebook fan of a restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City named XU*, which has posted a special menu for Tet, which begins, depending on the source either on February 3, or today, January 31. 

I'm going to call around to see if anyone around here is doing a Tet menu, but here's what Xu is doing.

<xu, a discontinued Vietnamese monetary unit, is, of course, a legal Scrabble play>


Happiness and Prosperity
this The Year Of The Cat

Xu Restaurant Lounge will be open throughout the Tet Holiday. Open everyday of the week, Lunch Service 11.30-14.30 and Dinner Service 18.00-23.00.

During the week of Tet, 31 January - 6 February, Xu will offer a special Tet menu. Each dish has been chosen as a traditional food
eaten during the Tet Holiday.

includes all of the below

BANH TET 75,000
round glutinous rice cake

braised coconut pork with egg


nem chua, cha lua, gio thu
pickled sausage, pork sausage, pork trotter


Posted by Richard Gorelick at 6:24 AM | | Comments (1)


This is first time I heard of Tet menu. Out of curiosity, I started googling to find out more. "Tet" is actually Vietnam lunar new year, so "Tet menu" are traditional dishes prepared for celebrating lunar new year.

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