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World record on Vietnamese New Year 2012 in Nha Trang

It is an old tradition in Vietnam to offer and eat cakes on the occasion of the Vietnamese New Year (Tet) which are known in southern Vietnam as “banh Tet” and as “banh chung” in the North. According to myth, they were invented by the son of King Hung Vuong, a legendary forefather of the Vietnamese emperors, in a cooking contest to decide the king's heir. Tet cakes are prepared by wrapping sticky rice, mung and black beans, peanuts, pork, coconut, and a red fruit known as "gac" in banana or arrowroot leaves. They are then boilt for several hours. They are usually 30 to 70 cm long. But for Tet 2011 a world record-setting cake was made at the Yasaka Saigon Nha Trang Hotel which required the construction of a special 36-metre-long boiling pot. The 36 metres commemorated the 36 years since the end in 1975 of what is called in Vietnam the American war and what the Americans call the Vietnam war.

In 2012 nearly 100 staff from the Yasaka-Saigon-Nha Trang Hotel participated in making a new record banh tet (cylindrical glutinous rice cake) on January 24 to welcome the Lunar New Year Festival (Tet).

The giant cake is 37 metres long, weighs 810 kg and has a diameter of 0.2 metres. To make cake, cooks used 420 kg of glutinous rice, 67 kg of green beans, 17 kg of black beans, 17 kg of soya beans, 110 kg of pork, 550 bananas, 80kg of scraped coconut, 30 monordicas and 410 kg of banana leaves.

The cake was wrapped at 17:00 the same day and put into a large pot for boiling. On January 25, it was taken out of the pot and cut into pieces to go on sale from 18:00.

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