Every year, QTViet Cafe hosts an intergenerational feast to celebrate Tết (lunar new year). We aim to provide holistic healing by bringing the diverse flavors of our homeland (Vietnam) to our community.
Feast of Resistance Menu
Bánh tét đậu khoai / Rice cake with beans, shallots, and roots
A new year tradition representing the earth, seasonal harvests, and natural elements, we're adding a seasonal and QTViet twist to a classic steamed rice cake meant to fill bellies, minds, souls, and movements. Elements of the dish represent the land, peoples, animals, and plants that make up Earth.
Đồ chua / Vinegar-pickled carrots, daikon, and green onions
Dưa món / Soy- & dry-pickled veggies
Veggies are pickled and fermented to represent longevity and changing forms and evolutions. These are made with homemade banana-coconut vinegar!
Chả hấp / Tofu-mushroom-noodle-steamed loaf
QTViệt Cafe’s modern interpretation of chả trứng hấp / steamed egg meatloaf. It represents layers of the earth, like rock, clay, soils and sand. Chả comes from a fugal roots as a people’s dish. It is a humble and intersectional loaf full of love and care.
Kiểm / Root vegetables coconut soup
Kiểm is a grounding soup that remind us of our ancestors during the full moon and Tết. The delicious root vegetables shimmering in coconut broth represents the balanced when cosmic energy align. S/o to Trang’s bà ngoại / maternal grandma for teaching them how to cook this special soup.
Canh khổ qua / Stuffed bittermelon soup
Tết is a time of reflection and of renewal. "khổ qua" translates roughly to letting the suffering go. The bitterness of the bitter melon in this dish reminds us of the struggles of the past and to let go of what suffers us and doesn't serve us anymore in order to allow more health, wealth, and healing into our lives.
Cơm “hến” / “Baby clams” rice
Cơm hến is a people’s dish originating in Huế, central Việt Nam. S/o to cô Châu for sharing her recipe and her memories of going to the rivers digging for clams. Tonight, in the spirits of the full moon QTViệt Cafe bring you our take of cơm hến, shiitake mushroom version!
Bánh tét chuối / Sticky rice cake with bananas
Rau câu dừa / Coconut jelly
Trái cây / Fruit
"Cầu sung vừa đủ xài" - Fruits are signs of good intention, well wishes, and can represent the natural elements of wood, earth, water, and metal.